mikebarrett

Apr 21

Oh, the twists and turns in a seven game series.  It's a beautiful thing.  The story lines, the momentum shifts, the individual performances- this is what is so great about the postseason.

On Thursday night at the Rose Garden we saw a red-hot start by an undrafted second-year player, a return to glory for Portland's all-star, some clutch free-throw shooting from this year's MVP, and a brilliant five and a-half minute stretch from a guy who spent most of this season in the D-League.

Most importantly, we saw the Trail Blazers get right back into their series with the Dallas Mavericks, winning game three 97-92.  Portland actually led 95-87, and then had to hang on for dear life in the final minute, as the Mavericks charged back.  Dallas still leads the series two games to one, but this showed that the Trail Blazers aren't even considering going quietly.

You knew the Rose Garden would be deafening, and it was.  One of the keys to keeping it that way would be getting off to a good start.  Wesley Matthews, who got into foul trouble in game one, was on fire early in this game.  He hit his first four three-point attempts, had 16 points in the opening quarter, and helped Portland to a nine-point lead right out of the gate.

The Mavericks though, feeling they had taken Portland's best shot, rallied to trail after that first quarter 28-23.

Okay, Brandon Roy.  As I said in our web shows, and on various radio interviews the last two days, I felt there was way too much made of all of Brandon's comments after game two.  No one on the team felt disrespected by Brandon saying he wanted to play more, Nate McMillan shrugged it off, and even Roy knew to play more, he'd have to earn it.

Badly needing a lift from someone off the bench, Roy provided that, and much, much more.  He was huge in this game, and got himself right back in this series.  He missed his first shot of the game, and then hit his next four.  He had nine points at halftime, and finished the game with 16, on 6 of 10 shooting.  He also broke down Dallas' defense, and dished out four assists.  This is good Roy, and the Blazers sorely needed it.

In the third quarter, behind a 19-5 run, the Blazers took a 13-point lead and were threatening to put the game away.  The Mavericks though, fought right back with seven-straight points, and trailed by only three going into the fourth.

The fourth quarter is where Portland had stalled out in games 1 and 2.  And, with Marcus Camby picking up his fourth foul late in the third, it was getting scary.  Enter Chris Johnson.  That's right, Chris Johnson.  He played only 5:36 of this game, but stepped up huge in place of Camby.  Credit McMillan for having the courage to toss him into the fire.

Johnson, in his limited minutes, had two huge blocked shots (on balls that were absolutely going in the basket), and grabbed three big rebounds in traffic.  He brought the crowd to its feet, and gave his team an immeasurable lift.  The team was allowed to protect Camby by leaving him on the bench.

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In the post-game press conference, Dirk Nowitzki, who had one of his shots sent back by Johnson, said, "that young kid really changed the game."  I don't think he even knew Johnson's name, and had to check the final box score to see who number 17 was.

After Gerald Wallace hit a three pointer with 8:50 left, the Blazers held an 85-74 lead.  Johnson came out moments later, Camby went back in, and the Blazers held off the Mavericks.

As we said before the game, role players play better at home.  That was the case in Dallas, for the Mavericks, and it was certainly the case for Portland in this game.  The Mavericks had only two players in double figures- Dirk with 25, and Jason Terry with 29.  Portland didn't allow that balanced scoring to beat them this time.

Dallas shot the ball extremely well again, actually outshooting Portland in the game 52 percent to 48 percent.  But, things like free throws, are much more difficult in a hostile enviornment.  The Mavericks, one of the league's best from the free-throw line, were just 13 for 23.  Nowitzki, who shot nearly 90 percent from the line in the regular season, was 4 for 7 in this game.  

Nowitzki also said he felt like Dallas just took Portland's best shot.  Funny, that's what Portland said about Dallas after games 1 and 2.  That shows you how evenly matched these teams are.  These have been three very good, very tight ballgames.

If the Blazers can get this out of Roy, and continue to find players to step up off the bench, this will turn into a long series.  That, as we've said, will benfit the Blazers.

Game 4 is Saturday.  The Blazers have an opportunity to square the series before we head back to Dallas on Easter Sunday.

To listen to McMillan's post-game comments, click here.

39 Comments

  1. Jeez, LaMarcus must have had too many basketballs for breakfast. He let one loose there.

    Anyways, thought it was an amazing game. Loved how the crowd got into Jason Terry and Mark Cuban's heads. Not much I can say, except told ya so haters. Now, even though we're down 2-1, if we win on Saturday the Blazers are in great position to win this series. One thing you mention constantly Mike, and I agree with you, is that the longer this series goes, the better for Portland. Dirk and Kidd, even Peja, looked a lot more tired in this game.

    One thing concerns me though, is that we're only getting calls on our home floor. The way Tyson Chandler played, he wouldn't have fouled out if it was in Dallas. Officiating is still a major concern in this series.

    by Herr on 4/21/2011 11:39 PM
  2. Blazer easy to win over Mav if they use Chris johnson and LA together power inside instead of screening or B-roy and LA shooting and C J get rebound and dunk over people. especially at 4 quarter...Go power house and 1 man basket ball it like Laker or Magic team..we got big man and why didn't we using them?

    by ijamesza on 4/21/2011 11:39 PM
  3. we should use johnson power inside.

    by ijamesza on 4/21/2011 11:42 PM
  4. Boy does it feel good to be proven wrong. Santa Claus came to the Rose Garden tonight, and he handed out a some Brandon Classic treats: double-crossover moves, step-back jumpers, and look-off drives to the hoop. It was like all of you who believed when I had moved from doubt to certainty of failure just started clapping your hands and saying "I do believe in Brandon" and the flickering light got bright again. I'm delighted that everyone can now tell me how utterly wrong I had it.
    Of course, in the first half I was feeling utterly vindicated and mightily depressed. When the Brando-Rudy combo came on I groaned, and sure enough, they turned an eight-point lead into a five-point deficit. It wasn't that Brandon was playing badly, but the defense just collapsed, for reasons I couldn't figure out.
    You can imagine how tense I was as the third quarter wound down and the time came for Andre to rest. Brandon had been looking good since he had been in, but would he continue when our point guard went out? It hadn't happened before, so I was really feeling grim. But this time we got magic instead of meltdown. A lot of guys took turns stepping it up, including Nic and, of all people, Chris Johnson. Nate's desperation substitution paid off big. It's like we figured out that without a point guard everyone had to play with a whole lot of energy and movement, and sure enough, it worked.
    So it's on to worrying about the next game. You all know, don't you, that there's almost no chance Brandon can play this well with a day-and-a-half rest before Saturday's game? You know that the Mavs won't miss that many free throws again, and that Wesley tends not to have hot nights shooting threes in back-to-back games, that the Blazers are in fact due for one of their nights shooting 25% from behind the arc. You know Carlisle will break out the tape and show everyone what they did to us before when Andre was out, and that they'll remind Dirk that his answer to finding himself guarded by Nic is supposed to be to lower the shoulder and go to the rim, not back into his little fadeaway jumper. So we've still got a lot of work to do before we start getting really giddy. But I do expect Gerald to have a better offensive game on Saturday, and can reasonably hope that LaMarcus will start hitting his little hook shot, that Andre and Nic will be more agressive, and that everyone will learn the correct antidote to Barea's standard snap-back-the-upper-body-on-contact ploy to draw a charging call. And if Nate will take a chance with Chris, maybe, just maybe, he'll take another on Saturday and see if perhaps he's got someone on the bench with the speed to keep Barea and Terry from slaloming through the Blazer defense.
    But we'll worry about that tomorrow. At the moment I'll just bask in the joy of being been shown that I was full of it. Santa came, and though the shiny toys may break sooner than we'd like, now is the time to gloat about getting what we asked for. Hah, hah, to all those spoilsports--like me--who said, "You'll shoot out your eye."

    by Islander on 4/22/2011 12:11 AM
  5. *yawn*....well just got back from Portland, what a game. The RG was nuts ofcoursem it was really nice to see Portland play with so much energy. Dallas really responded well, and it got alittle hairy towards the end, But I knew the Blazers would win this game. Love seeing Roy out there playing little like his old self, flashes of old school Roy. Wesley got going hot from the get go, we played strong defense through out the game. Ill comment more tommorro.

    But shout out to Mike Barrett, it was very nice meeting you sir, thank you for taking the time for a picture and a few words...You and Rice are just the very best announcers,down to earth,funny, great game smarts, couldnt ask for more. Goodnight.

    by whitefeather21380 on 4/22/2011 12:27 AM
  6. this was an amazing game. i don't envy a newspaper's headline writer to topic the story. it could involve any number of players; Wesley, LaMarcus, Chris and Brandon.

    given what we needed from the bench, i think Brandon's is the headline, though i'm not sure exactly how i would word it. he was exceptional. i felt his comments after game 2 were out of frustration more than anything else. he's a competitor. he wants to play. he wants to win. no ifs, ands, or buts about it. if i didn't feel so strongly that Brandon could rise up like this, i probably would have not written a blog about it last night on this site. he fed off the crowd and the emotion and delivered. this may sound corny, but at one point when they showed him on tnt i swear he was looking at me! yeah, that was corny, but my point is that he deserves support and respect.

    one name you didn't mention was Andre's. he was everything we wanted him to be. he dished out seven assists, and came through with 16 points. he also played some mighty defense on Kidd. apparently Kidd is not at good in our house than he is in his. sure, he had a couple of decent shots, but he basically looked old out there.

    Marcus was invaluable and has always been since he's been a blazer. he played some tough defense and had a nice block in there. imo, the only thing missing from his performance was another excuse to display the three goggles!

    Nicolas stepped it up at the beginning of the fourth and set the tone for us in the final stanza. after his few shots there, the rest of the team came alive. it's amazing you don't hear LaMarcus' name more. he IS the most improved player in the league as far as i'm concerned. i'm sure Kevin Love agreed with that as Kevin was sitting at HOME watching this game.

    and there's Chris Johnson. Chris did everything we asked him to do when he was in there. the blocks and the rebounds were tremendous. if he gets more playing time in the playoffs and performs like he did, i'm guessing he's got a real shot at being considered for next year's roster. CJ was amazing. it probably didn't help dallas that they probably didn't scout him much if at all but, that would be its fault.

    i'm so glad we got game 3, now we can concentrate on game 4.

    #ripcityuprise

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 4/22/2011 12:32 AM
  7. It's nuts how much home court makes a difference in basketball. I thought we played terribly in Dallas and were still in positions to win those games. Hopefully tonight's win shifted that Dallas momentum into our momentum and we come back out Saturday and play just as solid for 48 minutes and pick up another W. Our energy is obviously a lot better at home and we tend to hustle more. Chris Johnson. Wow. Who saw that one coming? That kid has some hops and I can see why he was getting 4 blocks a game in the D-League. Great blocks on Barea and Dirk, they never saw it coming.

    Brandon Roy definitely showed up for this game three. I knew he was still capable of making a difference and he definitely made a difference tonight. That was a NASTY cross over and Peja, vintage Roy at its best. I also liked that Brandon AND Andre were out there at the same time and working well with each other. Brandon is not a point guard. He plays so much better when he knows he doesn't have to worry about running the offense. I see why he misses Steve Blake so much. Blake was a point guard who doesn't need the ball as much as Andre does when running the team and that's why Brandon shined so much when Blakey was on this team. I miss Steve Blake. I wish he was still on this team.

    Anyways, great win for the fellas and for their confidence as well. Go get em Saturday!

    by Mark on 4/22/2011 12:56 AM
  8. Well said again Kass. I wish I could join you guys for the games. I just get so stressed and emotional during playoff games. Great fight tonight.

    by L.T.G on 4/22/2011 1:21 AM
  9. Maybe Brandon and Nate both have it figured out now: as Mike Rice pointed out pregame, Roy is simply not a point guard. He's not used to running the offense unless he's the main scoring option and he's for sure not up to guarding PGs. But the dude can still shoot! His step back jumper is awesome and he can hit the three often enough to make the opps respect it. I feel he can still be a good scorer in this league for many years as long as he and Nate recognize his limitations and stick to what he's still great at.

    The biggest differences in this game in addition to Roy's contribution: we made our free throws, we hit some threes, and we created steals with aggressive defense!

    As for the fouls, the home team will always get more of the close calls than the visitors. It was that way in Dallas and it was that way tonight at the RG.
    That's just the way it is in the NBA...
    --
    don


    by dgpdx on 4/22/2011 1:22 AM
  10. I had to listen to the TNT crew as I watched the game. I have NBA league package. It makes me love the Blazers more hearing the national media root against us. I love it that Reggie Miller and Kevin McHale hate the 3 goggles. If I ever run into them guess what I'll flash em.

    We needed this win desperately and we showed it through our energy. Now let's hope we maintain the intensity. It was awesome seeing Roy do his thing. I'm happy for him and happy for us!

    Wesley Matthews played huge and we need him to continue if we want to make any noise.

    And Andre did a great job at running the offense. He seems to always do such an excellent job of playing within himself and knowing what we need. The 3's he has taken and made this series have all come at critical moments .

    Man Chris Johnson was ready when it was time. He is a guy that really has been making the most of the few minutes he gets. I'm impressed.

    Now we need Rudy to come alive. Maybe Roy can give him some notes on how to get over that mental glum hump.

    I was glad to see Batum come alive in the 4th but he needs to do it earlier. He and Crash have been mildly disappointing so far. I thought they played much better in the 10 games prior to the playoffs. If they can turn it on I believe we can smoke the Mavs.

    Since the playoffs have began this blog has become increasingly active and interesting. I love it all from the dimwitted comments to the amen-brother-preach-it sermons. Good stuff.

    From the negative nancies to the HGs-don't-you-dare-talk-bad-about-my-blazers, the one thing we have in common is we love the Blazers and want them to win badly. We have the best fans!

    Go Blazers! Herr, good one! Did you like the way it smelled?

    by thedanman on 4/22/2011 3:28 AM
  11. Let BRoy be Roy. He's not a point guard, he's crafty, skilled, intelligent and strong. He's not fast. Last night he played the 2 guard where he still excels.

    Hero of the day, CJ. Good to see Nate have the guts to give him a chance. All he needs is strength and a little weight. When Dallas scouts him they will try pushing him around. Hopefully his quickness will counter that.

    Wes showed them they better not ignor him. That can open the middle up.

    I'm really excited and long winded today.

    by Ancientone on 4/22/2011 5:56 AM
  12. Well said MB, check for your blog every hour until its up! @Herr... you already said the Blazers are losing this series so you can't go back on that ;)

    by Francis826 on 4/22/2011 8:09 AM
  13. Enjoy this "victory", it was a gift. The Mavs lost/gave this one to the Blazers with terrible play and poor free throw shooting. Had the Mavs made even close to their season average % of free throws, they would have won the game. The Mavs will not miss 10 free throws again, and I doubt Ty Chandler will foul out while getting 2 ticky tack moving screen fouls and 1 fantom foul... Enjoy this victory, it

    by A Voice of Reason on 4/22/2011 8:28 AM
  14. I also like roy at the two guard position where he seems most natutal. im glad to see roy prove me wrong and play good ball.keep it up... hats off to chris johnson..you thought last nights was crazy wait till i get there. GO BLAZERS!!!

    by Miller on 4/22/2011 8:30 AM
  15. Voice of Reason,

    Kind of like Game 2, right? Portland, a better free-throw shooting team than Dallas on the season, goes 18 for 27 (67%) at the line. If they make those, they lead 2-1 in the series. And, in the first two games get a combined 2 points from their all-star? The "gifts" go both ways. In Game 1 the Blazers go 2 for 16 from three-point land, and still had a six point lead in the closing minutes.

    by mikebarrett on 4/22/2011 8:36 AM
  16. Not really Mike, that wouldn't have been enough to overcome the deficit the Blazers had at the end of the game, whereas had the Mavs shot the "normal" % last night they would have over come the final score deficit. Even if Portland made 100% of their free throws in game 2 it wouldn't have been enough... Nice try though Mike.

    by A Voice of Reason on 4/22/2011 8:43 AM
  17. The final margin of victory in game 2 was inflated due to desperation fouls by Portland. And, last night, Brendan Haywood, the worst free-throw shooter in the NBA, attempted 6. The rest of the team was 11-17. Below their average, but not game-changing. We heaped praise on Dallas in games 1 and 2. Portland's play did have something do with this victory.

    by mikebarrett on 4/22/2011 8:51 AM
  18. I'll give you that Mike, the Blazers did force the Mavs into a lot of mistakes, played well overall and I certainly give the crowd it's due for keeping the noise level up. I'd say the crowd contributed at least 3-5 points in the Blazer's favor.
    I actually blame Rick Carlisle for the Mavs loss for keeping JJB in the game when he was getting killed by your bigger guards. If Carlisle keeps giving JJB that many minutes, especially in crunch time, I have to give the nod to the Blazers to win this series.

    by A Voice of Reason on 4/22/2011 9:03 AM
  19. Your point is well made about the free throws. You can't lean on that again, because it's not going to happen. Dirk probably won't miss three fts again for the rest of the series. I kind of agree about Barea, but offensively, he continues to cause the Blazers problems. He's tough. This team always struggles with quick guards. Chandler getting into foul trouble was huge in this game as well. The Blazers will have to be even better in game 4, because Dallas will be better than they were in game 3. Thanks for the discussion. And, thanks to everyone for the comments.

    by mikebarrett on 4/22/2011 9:16 AM
  20. Totally loved the noise in the RG last night. Amazing play by many. But Roy stole the show for me. I have been waiting for him to leap out of timid land. Loved his steal toward the end of the game. Glad he went for his buckets instead of passing off to someone else who would then miss. Sometimes, you got to say "if it's going to be, it's up to me..." He did, I'm glad. Love me some TBs.

    by allie-oop on 4/22/2011 9:17 AM
  21. MB: Fantastic game. On the edge of my seat the whole night long. Question for you: we did great posting up their guards, but down the stretch, we abandoned this approach, even though Dallas had both JT and Barea on the floor along with Jason Kidd. Any comments?

    VOR: It remains a free country, when we show respect for each other. It becomes a police state, when our actions need to be policed. Lets be respectful and keep it a free country.

    by RemoteFan on 4/22/2011 9:25 AM
  22. Mike, huge, huge win. CJ was really big for them last night. I commented a couple of weeks ago that he can play some big minutes for us in the playoffs, and he certainly did.

    One thing that is concerning is how we closed the game. We need better execution in the last two minutes. I feel like that's when our offense really stalls, but someone needs to step up and command the ball, whether it's LMA or Roy. I see this series tied after Saturday. And voice of reason, looks like the mavs came back down to earth. And stop complaining about the ticky tack fouls when LMA gets beat up every game, and if anyone breathes on dirk they call a foul. And JJ should not be getting rewarded for being the smallest guy on the court and drawing those fouls.

    by gvartan3 on 4/22/2011 9:27 AM
  23. LMAO If your coach can complain about fouls, so can I. I didn't say JJB did anything except stink up the place. LMA commits as many offensive (elbow jab) fouls posting up as he gets fouled. It goes both ways. Everyone knows the NBA is superstar favored, they DO get calls that other players may not get. Dirk is in that catagory, along with Kobe, Duncan, Wade, Pearce, LBJ etc... LMA is getting plenty and he's not a proven elite superstar yet. I think he will be, but he's not been good enough long enough to earn the same respect as Dirk, Kobe, Duncan, Wade, Pearce, LBJ etc... (insert name of any player with 5 or more all-star appearances and in the top 5-20% of all time players in offensive stats.

    by A Voice of Reason on 4/22/2011 9:38 AM
  24. Nice valid comments MB....and I agree this Dallas team has came to play. They are not the same team we played the last 2 games in the reg. season. They have huge pressure to get out of the 1st rnd. They have talented veterans who know how to play in playoff basketball, and get to the line.

    However the Blazers are a very talented and athletic team, were very good @Home and Dallas knows this. If we can just keep playing hardnose defense and execute our offense, this is gonna be along series. And these whats ifs, are kinda of silly to talk about. I saw Aldridge miss like 3 hookshots,they almost went in, and he usually makes them, when he gets the ball that deep, so thats 6 points that "should" have happened, but it didnt. Bottom line both teams missed shots, made mistakes,Blazers just made less of them=WIN.

    Once again MB it was awesome meeting you sir :) I know @ the end of the game you looked very worried and said you were scared for while, but we pulled though. Go Blazers for game 4!!!

    by whitefeather21380 on 4/22/2011 9:41 AM
  25. whitefeather, I was worried. Dallas is very difficult to put away. The important thing is to stretch this series out, and make it a long one. The Mavs could start to feel a little pressure, and that's always the case with the higher seed. They won 57 games in the regular season for a reason, and won't be easy to beat in Dallas (as we know). I'm glad you came down to the court. You guys are always welcome to come down before, or after games, and if we've got time, we're always glad to chat for a few.

    by mikebarrett on 4/22/2011 9:49 AM
  26. There's a great vibe going on in this comment section! our fans are the best!! I say that because i can agree with you all now that the blazers won!! Like "yeah you see that young kid Chris Johnson, and his block!!!" ehehehe. And what about B-Roy!! If anyone had to step up during that time it was him.. i believe Rudy could have done something if Roy didn't, but it prolly wouldn't have done much to lift the team as much as the impact Roy has. I wouldn't change anything Roy said because if helped motivate the team! And when a player talks and backs it up, it goes a long way!!

    But enough about him because time to celebrate a moral team victory. I am a believer that Portland will win 3 straight! The way that has to happen is you have to make sure Kidd and Peja play the same way they did in game 3. The only one you should be scared of is Terry and of course Nowitizki.. plus Chandler could change some things on Defense. The other role players should be limited! I wouldn't start Roy in game 4 but if he plays the sameway and we play a little better than we did last night in that game, i'd start him on the road in game 5 for a potential upset. It would do a whole lot!

    All-in all great game.. i want to see more from Chris Johnson if possible.. it's always a great feeling when you got an extra load on the bench just to relieve yourself from the feeling that you may be outnumbered.. we got a lot of players that could step up at any given moment.. Pendergraph was a great example last year and now we got CJ!!

    by Ballinrotation365 on 4/22/2011 10:17 AM
  27. All I can say is how happy I am we won this game. Great to see Wes, GW and B Roy have good games. Game 4 is going to be huge - we need to shine once again, put everything out there and give it our all. I am going to try to catch the second half, as I did for Game 2. If we can just get this game, anything can happen in Game 5.

    Go BLAZERS!!!

    by Anees on 4/22/2011 11:07 AM
  28. By the way, does anyone know if I can listen to the game using the tune-in radio App on my phone? I won't be by a tv during that time, (helping a friend with his proposal to his girlfriend) and I live in Orange County. Also, if I can which station is it, (95.5). I'm scrambling to figure out how I can catch this game. Thanks for your help!!

    -George

    by gvartan3 on 4/22/2011 2:14 PM
  29. great night, but this is it ...just ONE win (3 more to go)! blazers HAVE to win game 4! nothing less or we are in big trouble...one more bullet in the chamber which needs to be dodged. i do have a suggestion also: can chris johnson have a theme song when he is coming in game like "jump" by kris kross" ? i think it will make him feel good and he might score some points in the top of the "jail defense" which he likes to play....LETS HAVE SOME FUN in this series and get more creative!!!! the team might loosen up and start playing without fear of failing. Thank you, sir!

    by allexxxe on 4/22/2011 5:17 PM
  30. The scary thing about Portland is we've got hardly anything from Wallace, Batum, or Rudy this series and all 3 games were close in the 4th. If we get normal production from those 3 to go along with everyone else, we'll be in great shape!

    by DHawes22 on 4/22/2011 5:29 PM
  31. DHawes22 (and a few others here): You gotta remember there's only one basketball and only 48 minutes!

    The Blazers scored above their season average in game 3 (97 pts) and if the guys you mention had scored more, someone else would have scored less. BRoy was hot so he got minutes that would have otherwise gone to Batum and/or Rudy. Wallace didn't as get many shots as usual but he got 11 big rebounds instead. We normally need (and this applies to most NBA teams) two bench guys to produce in order to win. Last night those two were Roy and Johnson, and Batum was good in the 4th, with some nice defensive plays down the stretch.

    One more item: JJ Barea, like many quick NBA guards, exposes our soft inside defense. It shouldn't be that way with defenders like Camby patrolling the paint but it seems so anyway. We controlled him much better in game 3 and that has to continue if we are going to win this series.

    by dgpdx on 4/22/2011 5:56 PM
  32. I have nothing to say really, until after the next game :)

    by SisillaRiann on 4/22/2011 7:16 PM
  33. I lol'd @ "A voice of Treason". Keep thinking that cupcake.

    by Herr on 4/22/2011 7:26 PM
  34. let just have fun and relax for a bit in this series, we are playing in RG. make it special!!!!! got more theme songs for our starters g. wallace with "smooth criminal" by m. jackson, for LA "Chattanooga ChoO ChoO"(THX dgpdx) by glenn miller band, n. batum "so fresh so clean"-outkast, r. fernandez "cucurrucucu paloma" by Caetano Velaso, m. camby "the candy man"-sammy davis jr version, a. miller (simple one) "straight out of compton" nwa, b.roy "iron man" by black sabath and wesley matthews 50 cent "in da club". GO BLAZERS! and M.R & M.B

    by allexxxe on 4/23/2011 8:52 AM
  35. Hey, allexxxe, the sound an LTrain makes is "choo choo." "Cho Cho" is the Blazers' GM GM ;-)

    by dgpdx on 4/23/2011 12:47 AM
  36. dgpdx, I'd not worry about JJB, in fact, I'd hope the Mavs give him as many minutes as he got in game 3. He was able to penetrate, but was totally unable to penetrate AND be effective.

    by I AM the voice of reason on 4/23/2011 7:49 AM
  37. Mike:
    I was out of town, had to listen to TNT. So, I missed out on most of the fun.

    I just watched re-run of you and Sarah H. that was great. I told her she was the cutest, but you are still my favorite LOL.

    Islander: When BRoy played so well, my thoughts went to you immediately. Not because I am a I told you so guy, but because although I debated with you about BRoy, I wasn't sure he could ever get his game back at all, It may be just periodical even now, but at least we know he has it in him.

    Kassandra: great analysis as usual. I can almost copy and paste that statement.

    EA: I tell you the best way to get over your anxiety of watching the game is to face your fears then they will go away. you missed out on a lot of exciting minutes of BB.

    But, like you, I will do most of my commenting after game 4 which starts pretty quick.

    by Hg on 4/23/2011 8:48 AM
  38. b. roy "the iron man" by black sabath! rest my case...thank you Mike Rice and Mike Barrett for NOT give up on this blazers team in the 4th quarter. show class and dignity!!! think about my songs for the players and please, make things happ for game 6! WE ARE BACK!!!!!!!!!!

    by allexxxe on 4/23/2011 5:24 PM
  39. Unfreakin'believable! Mr. Roy has returned and the closer is back!

    by dgpdx on 4/23/2011 5:30 PM
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