caseyholdahl

Apr 17

No Need To Panic

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, geraldwallace, Mavericks, NicolasBatum

For some reason, people rarely ask me what the post-game atmosphere is like after a victory. But when the team loses, everyone wants to know what the vibe in the locker room was like.

Thing is, the Trail Blazers locker room after a win isn't really all that different than after a loss. That's not to say wins and losses don't have an affect on the mood of some guys, but when you play 82 games a season, emotions tend to even out. And even though the the stakes are heightened during the playoffs, guys know that one game, be it a win or a loss, is still just one game.

So what was the locker room like Saturday night? As even-keeled as it always is. Same goes for the bus ride from the arena to the hotel. It wasn't dour, but it rarely is. Guys know they have to play better than they did Saturday night, but again, it was one game of a best of seven series.

"The most important game is when you try to get the fourth win," said Nicolas Batum. "You get the fourth win, you're good. It was the first game. The Spurs maybe lost the first game every time and their the champions every time. That's one game. That's not 3-0, that's 1-0. So we need the next one, want to win the next one, but it's not 4-0. We've got some more games."

Batum's attitude toward the Game 1 loss and the series in general was echoed by others on the locker room. This team, unlike Trail Blazers teams in recent years past, have been here before. They've lost Game 1s and they've won Game 1s. The results, unfortunately, have been the same regardless the past two years, but at least they found out through experience that a playoff series is neither won nor lost in Game 1.

They also found out that they can play subpar basketball, get out-shot from both the three-point and free-throw lines and still have a chance to win on the road.

"They basically did what they were supposed to do," said Gerald Wallace. "That's why you play the regular season, to get homecourt advantage. They came out and took the first game at home. But at the same time we showed we can play with them. We put ourselves in a good position to win, we just didn't execute when it came down the stretch. Our main thing is getting off to a better start to start the game, being consistent all four quarters, then execute and finish in the last five or six minutes of the game."

If they can do all those things in Game 2, then they'll have some reason to celebrate post-game in the locker room, though I doubt they will. After all, there will still be yet another game to play.

17 Comments

  1. Wow Casey:

    I said almost the same thing you did on Barrett's blog. Did you copy my post LOL?

    Anyway I feel the same way, I went to work feeling good and rewarded. It was a good fought game from both sides, Although our offense was out of rhythm, we still stayed in the game with our defense until all the fouls called fouled our defense.

    by Hg on 4/17/2011 12:43 PM
  2. Tell them for us, Casey, that we're neither panicked, nor even worried. They did a good job in Game 1, and will do an even better job in Game 2.

    by occassia on 4/17/2011 12:47 PM
  3. Great post, Casey.

    "For some reason, people rarely ask me what the post-game atmosphere is like after a victory. But when the team loses, everyone wants to know what the vibe in the locker room was like. "

    As deluded as it may sound, as a fan, I feel like tweets and comments (if they're even checking) of support are more important when a team is down, or just lost. Hence the curiosity re their mood after a loss. Love the quotes from Nic. A lot of wisdom from such a young guy.

    Let's go Blazers! #Uprise

    - Doinks/@mnblazerfan

    by Doinks on 4/17/2011 12:54 PM
  4. HG: yes i did. don't rat me out.

    Doinks: i agree. i know the guys appreciate the support, via twitter or otherwise.

    by caseyholdahl on 4/17/2011 1:33 PM
  5. @Everyone, don't mind Casey's lack of capitalization. It's tough to worry about little things like that while soaking up the Dallas sun poolside.

    Feel free to be jealous. I am. Grrr.

    by sarahhecht on 4/17/2011 1:37 PM
  6. Sarah - I am so jealous of Casey right now. We actually considered going to Dallas for gm 1 but chickened out. Enjoy the sun, Casey!

    by Doinks on 4/17/2011 3:04 PM
  7. Sarah...soaking it in at the RG > watching Dallas fans gloat over an ill-conceived win over a team that is going to knock the Mavs outta the 1st round.

    Casey...I agree with everything except...the title. The Mavericks have every reason in the world to Panic. They had an fountain of youth event from Jason Kidd, help from all 3 officials, made 8 more 3 pointers and still barely won on their home floor (the final score was not indicative of the closeness of the game).

    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 4/17/2011 5:15 PM
  8. hey Casey, i'm glad the guys aren't beating themselves up over one loss. we probably should have had that one, but knowing this team, we'll come back hungrier on tuesday.

    Sarah: i would let it go as well ... from what i can tell, he really needs the sun!

    by Kassandra on 4/17/2011 5:49 PM
  9. Casey - good to hear the guys are in good shape despite the setback. I'm sure they will come out fighting in Game 2.

    Is anyone jealous of me being in a beautiful old European city where it is also SUNNY? :-)

    by Anees on 4/18/2011 4:02 AM
  10. Ameebaba: Only if the city speaks mostly english LOL.

    by Hg on 4/18/2011 4:52 AM
  11. Casey: After reading Canzano's article on BRoy, It is IMO, that he should go out and play the game that his body allows. If that is being aggressive and driving for lay-ups instead of dunks or kicks then he should do that. If a player is continuously thinking of what he should do then it will interfere with his game. You sometimes have to just go play on instinct, that is what he has trained himself to do his whole life.

    I support him 100% on trying to find a way to play that will let him play more years, I think he is doing a fabulous job of trying to be a help and contribute to the team. It takes more then a few month of life long training to rewind the clock.

    Anyway, it appears that many fans are down on him and that is bad in my book, so if you get the chance and have the inkling to, will you tell him that more fans are in his corner than there is on the other side.

    Thank you.

    by Hg on 4/18/2011 7:04 AM
  12. I get such a kick out of your small town left wing libs... Just like your politics, you think you're ENTITLED! last time I checked, you were the 6th seed playing a tied for 2nd seed... and you EXPECT a win?!?!? Get real, there is a reason the regular season is played and the only 2 games your sorry team beat the Mavs during the regular season was when in addition to the Mavs losing Butler for the season, one of the games Dirk was still nursing a knee sprain and Tyson didn't play and the other Haywood was out. Now please buy a clue and/or develop a logic molecule and be realistic about your teams chances... NO playoff series wins since 2000?!?!? HELLO!!!

    by A Voice of Reason on 4/18/2011 8:39 AM
  13. Just to let you know," A Voice of Reason" , Last we check, Your Butler is still out. So Thanks for giving us hope in this Playoff run. And we know you will not come back on the Blazers site to read this, Because you just write and run back to your Dalles team. I see your were a Blazers fan back in the 2000s, when They were kicking every one around. And now you are a Dalles fan. Thanks for you time here.

    by Blazers and us on 4/18/2011 9:54 AM
  14. I agree, no need to panic. I still feel very confident about this series and that we will make the proper adjustments. But with that said, we can't lose Game 2. Yes, I know we could still win the series, but I don't want that type of pressure on the team coming back home. So let's take care of business in Big D by closing out on Kidd, shooting better from 3 & not forgetting about LA down low. Rip City!

    by DHawes22 on 4/18/2011 10:37 AM
  15. How can I change this pic from 00 to a pic that I want?

    by Blazers and us on 4/18/2011 12:36 PM
  16. One major storyline in this series is the ineffectiveness of a pair of backcourt Blazers who were supposed to give Dallas all sorts of trouble.

    But not only are Brandon Roy and Rudy Fernandez contributing nothing off the bench (they combined for one point on 0-of-2 shooting in G2 and in G1 combined for eight points on 3-of-10 shooting), they look like donkeys racing against thoroughbreds when Jet and JJB are opposing them.

    by A Voice of Reason on 4/20/2011 8:39 AM
  17. What a minute dud, You are a Dalles fan, Do you rember this, What you type, you said. " I get such a kick out of your small town left wing libs... Just like your politics, you think you're ENTITLED! last time I checked, you were the 6th seed playing a tied for 2nd seed... and you EXPECT a win?!?!? Get real, there is a reason the regular season is played and the only 2 games your sorry team beat the Mavs during the regular season was when in addition to the Mavs losing Butler for the season, one of the games Dirk was still nursing a knee sprain and Tyson didn't play and the other Haywood was out. Now please buy a clue and/or develop a logic molecule and be realistic about your teams chances... NO playoff series wins since 2000?!?!? HELLO!!!
    by "A Voice of Reason on" 4/18/2011 8:39 AM .

    So you are a Dalles fan, What Made you change your mine? O, you saw how bad there a plaing and still had a chance to win!

    by Blazers and us on 4/21/2011 10:18 AM
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