Apr 25

It figures the game I decide to put together a post of highlights, we have very few to single out. The Trail Blazers played well enough to win in the first half, but were just dominated, to the nth degree, on the boards in the second half. People may complain about the discrepancy in foul calls, but for me, this one comes down to the Mavericks just owning the Trail Blazers on the offensive glass. Giving up 20 offensive rebounds is unacceptable.

But anyway, here are what few stellar highlights were produced in the 93-82 Game 5 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas. Game 6 is on Thursday (tipoff time STILL to be determined) at the Rose Garden.

Gerald Wallace has really struggled finishing close shots in this series. I have no idea why. This block-turn-layup miss is exhibit 1A, but at least LaMarcus was there to clean up the garbage. I love ya' Wally, but you have to finish those.

Andre Miller was one of the few Trail Blazers that had anything going Monday night. You could argue that his hitting yet another 3-pointer was the more astounding highlight, but this reverse, which required Dre to GASP!!! jump off the ground, was pretty rad.

LaMarcus Aldridge looked tired all night to me, which is no surprise considering he played 47 minutes Saturday night. His near double-double and the deuces he posted in assists, steals and blocked shots looks OK in retrospect, but this was one of those games where Portland needed LA to take over, and he just couldn't do it. He also didn't shoot a single free throw, which tells you where he was playing for most of the game. He did have this nifty scoop shot for 2 of his 12 points.


  1. No johnson no win

    by ijamesza on 4/25/2011 7:32 PM
  2. Our shooting in the 4th was atrocious. We HAVE to close out games or we'll be closed out. Period.

    by sarahhecht on 4/25/2011 7:50 PM
  3. We should have played CJ, younger, more active legs.

    by ShalamarClark on 4/25/2011 8:28 PM
  4. As for the foul calls, they took us out of our game both mentally and physically. There's no way to explain a 14-1 DAL edge on free throw attempts and 11-4 foul margin. Lastly, this whole being tired excuse is getting played out. This is what you do so play.

    by ShalamarClark on 4/25/2011 8:38 PM
  5. Nate is terrible playoff coach. Where is Chris johnson??? that guy is 7 ft and can block+rebound+high. Not everyone can get the rebound that doesn't mean everyone couldn't. Wonder why we couldn't pass the first round in the playoff? same coach too.

    by ijamesza on 4/25/2011 8:52 PM
  6. @Sarah, I heard we missed 10 straight shots in the 4th - argh! Yup, def have to close out well, otherwise it's not conducive to winning.

    by Anees on 4/25/2011 9:00 PM
  7. New day, new areana, new energy. Let's but Game 5 to bed. The coaches need to re-evaluate the perimeter approach to the game and the players need the extra day of rest in their familar beds.

    The home team is 9-0 this season between these two teams, and that trend will not change until Saturday!


    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 4/26/2011 4:55 AM
  8. Casey: I won't blame the refs for the lost, we played poorly in the 2nd half.
    I will blame the refs for the rebound discrepancy and the foul shots discrepancy
    It is hard to corral rebounds if you are being shoved out of the way so you can't be in position. If we did the same thing on the other end we get fouls called. Look what happened when GW just resisted getting pushed. foul shots for chandler.

    I can blame the refs also for the poor play. Why try if you are not going to be rewarded equal opportunity? Just put it on Cruise and save it for the next game.
    I have seen LMA play gallantly when we have a chance to win, but it was plain as day that the refs wasn't going to let us win from the get go.

    My concern is only if we can get over the anger or put the anger to good use and win game 6 and force game 7.
    We have fought the odds all year, no reason to stop now

    by Hg on 4/26/2011 5:31 AM
  9. Miss Sarah. you are right our shooting is atrocious, actually in the whole game. My question is; is it the defense of Dallas or we just can't shoot?
    We have had this problem through out the year at different times, and it seems to me it is when defenses tightens up. We should expect Dallas defense to get a little physical since their back was against the wall, so there was no surprise there, but not being able to shoot which included missing free throws when we did get a chance to shoot them played right into Dallas hands. Now the pressure is back on our home court where I hope we can prevail.

    by Hg on 4/26/2011 5:41 AM
  10. We all (both sides) need to shut up about the refs, it's getting stale. Look at the stats from ALL the games it's pretty much evens out over the course of the series and it's always the more aggressive team that gets the calls...

    by I AM the voice of reason on 4/26/2011 7:11 AM
  11. Thanks for these highlights, Casey. Slim pickings indeed.

    Game 6 will be different. Shooting, boards and foul shots are the recipe for a Blazer victory. RIP CITY!

    by Patch on 4/26/2011 7:25 AM
  12. We need a shakeup of the starting lineup -- and fast! You'd think Nate learned his lesson after Game Four. Start ROY now. Nothing against Wesley, but Roy needs quality minutes. Remember Wesley moved into the starting lineup when Roy was injured. Now that Roy's back, he deserves (as he has shown) the minutes again.

    How can he be effective when he's always coming off the bench and is benched again before getting into a rhythm? it's unfair and unrealistic to expect him to explode every time just as in Game Four.

    C'mon, Nate. Please do the right thing.

    by Kap on 4/26/2011 7:38 AM
  13. Thanks for all the good comments. I'll say two things:

    Maybe CJ should have played more, but I have a hard time believing he would have been the difference in this game.

    And changing the starting lineup, regardless of who you put in for whoever, would be a bad move at this stage. It reeks of desperation.

    by caseyholdahl on 4/26/2011 8:23 AM
  14. You and Rice said that yesterday on your Chalk Talk, and couldn't me more astute.

    Plug away, Blazers. We'll see you home on Thursday. :)

    by Patch on 4/26/2011 9:53 AM
  15. Any reason why Wallace has looked like he's pressing the entire series? I know it's only his second real playoff series (last year with Charlotte, not sure if you can count early years with Sac), but he's a vet and he's making rookie mistakes. I think we need to get him in the open court early on, get some shots to drop for him & get his confidence back where it needs to be.

    by DHawes22 on 4/26/2011 1:25 PM
  16. Most of the comments I'm reading are humorous. Play Chris Johnson. lol Nate is a bad coach. lol Everyone seems to have the answer. The reality is Portland is a good team playing a quality opponent. Its not over yet. I guess that's why they build bandwagons low to the ground. People can jump on and off easily. After Saturdays game one would have thought we won the championship. Now after Mondays game we are losers. I'm glad the people in charge of our team have cooler heads.

    by Divotking on 4/26/2011 3:11 PM
  17. Divotking: It is so amazing how many coaches we have that is better then Nate we have. The series goes on until we lose four and we are not there yet.

    by Hg on 4/26/2011 3:27 PM
  18. So true Hg; Perhaps another way to look at it is, it's not over until we win 4. It amazes me how quickly people count the blazers out.

    by Divotking on 4/26/2011 4:25 PM
  19. Divotking: If we win four then it is not over we just move to the next series to try to win four and that won't be over for us until we lose 4

    by Hg on 4/26/2011 8:43 PM
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