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Jan 11

A Magical Night for Orlando

By mikebarrett
This comes off as looking like a case of too little, too late for the Trail Blazers.  While that may be true to some extent, I'm not exactly sure if this game had more to do with Orlando or Portland.  Some times you have to tip your hat to your opponent, swallow the bad feeling that comes with a loss, and move on.

In fact, while no one wanted to head into a six-game road trip with a game like this, we may have learned more about the Trail Blazers than we have in some of the victories.  If you read my stuff often you know that I'm not always necessarily a cup-is-half-full guy when it comes to losses.  But, in this case, I feel okay. 

What stands out to me the most about this game is that Portland was able to absorb 16 of 27 three-point shooting, 59 percent shooting overall, by an opponent, and almost lived to tell about it.  Orlando was well rested, had two days to practice on the Rose Garden court, and was just about as good as it can be. 

Portland clearly wasn't at its best, and may have been caught a little flat footed out of the gate tonight.  That much they should be criticized for.  The fact that Orlando's first four baskets were basically at the rim, was a troubling sign.  I can't tell how many games I've done where the tone of a game is set 60 seconds after the opening tip.  You don't think it should always be that way, but sometimes it is.  I mentioned early, I think when it was 6-0, that I was getting the feeling that Portland would be digging out of a hole the entire night.  It just had that feel.

After Orlando built some confidence with those easy looks inside, they went to work on the perimeter.  Collapse a defense and then spread them out.  That was the game plan, and it worked perfectly.  The Magic hit six three-point field goals in the first quarter, and another five in the second quarter, but carried just a 12 point lead to the locker room.

I fully expected Portland to start quickly in the third quarter, make it a very close game to start the fourth, and then win by 10 to 12 points.  We've seen that before.  But, to Orlando's credit, they were ready for the Portland run, and answered just about everything.  They pushed their lead in the third to 23, with clutch shot after clutch shot. 

You knew Portland would have another run, and this is why the Blazers are so tough to beat at home.  The Blazers did charged back in this game, and cut Orlando's lead to 96-93 late in the fourth quarter.  Then, as they did all night, the Magic had an answer.  This time it was Hedo Turkoglu, who scored on a drive down the left side, and then hit a three on the next possession to restore a 101-93 lead.  The Blazers weren't dead yet.  They made it a one-possession game again, at 102-99.  But again, the Magic stood strong, and closed out the game.

While it's true that Portland was playing the second of a back to back, I don't think that was a huge factor in this game.  I do think Orlando having two and a-half days off was a big factor.  Portland didn't look that tired, but they weren't terribly sharp out of the chute.  The Magic were hitting on all cylinders from the jump.

So, call me crazy to actually take a big positive out of this game, but I think that's the case here.  You're going to have to play your absolute best to beat the Blazers at home this season.  Orlando just happened to do that.  It was the win of their young season so far, and certainly their best performance.

This won't make our flight to San Antonio seem any shorter on Thursday morning.  We kick off a 6-game, 10-day trip on Friday night against the Spurs.  The trip gets tough, and stays tough.  It's the Spurs, Rockets, Hornets, Hawks, Raptors, and Pacers.  Then, after getting back home, it's one day off, and then a back-to-back-to-back set.  No time to pout, and think too much about one game.

Talk to you from Texas.

37 Comments

  1. Mike, I wish they were more concerned about the perimeter shooting than closing down on Dwight Howard. It would have been better for him to get his 25 to 30 points than the others hitting from the 3. Had they'd done that, the outcome may have been different in our favor.

    by blazerdarren77 on 1/11/2012 11:10 PM
  2. Firtst a positive: A good game by Jamal Crawford. That's what we've needed.
    Some one asked if we were an elite team. No. We have the talent but not the mental toughness. Otherwise we would not see these lackadaisical 3 quarters. This team showed no defense at the first of this game. I hope that these players realize that Hg, and all the rest of us that go to work when exhaustded do our best every day. In my job peoples lives are at risk, Can I say, "Say sorry I was tired", No. This team has the talent but until they show the heart they are not an elite team.

    by Ancientone on 1/11/2012 11:26 PM
  3. MB,

    I am a the guy that drinks the water when everyone else is talking about what's in the glass. ha ha, I lean towards half full, a firm believer in sticking to your team with loyalty. That aside, I am sure Coach Nate will be looking at getting the guys better, no question.

    Well, they came, they saw,they conquered. POR had a good rally in the 2nd half. When ORL's perimeter guys (Anderson early, Redick and Hedo later on) we're hitting their shots like that, you have to give them credit.

    You have to lose sometimes to win. How we lost tonight exposes some weakness. To not know your weakness is the great mistake of all. We have a whole season to identify with a game like this. Frank and honestly, it feels like we were ready to play, but we weren't ready for what the Magic brought tonight. Of course Howard is a one of a kind center, even on an off night, he can really impact a game. If they had shot a little worse, momentum could have swung back the other way, to their credit, it didn't, they played well tonight.

    Jamal got a 4 pointer. Wallace and Mathews were picking the passing lanes. LaMarcus was ever dependable. Batum did pretty decent. I think Felton is still fitting into things and getting more comfortable. i think when Ray gets a little more in rhythm, we will be a much better tea. He missed a few layups tonight that I think will go in in time. I have seen Ray play great games in the past and i think he will get that comfort level back.

    Rather than give Howard all that D, maybe it's their shooters that need more attention. I think Camby can take Howard defensively and if nothing else make him work for what he gets.

    All the same, I am not down or dissappointed too much. We made a game out of a blowout, and were a stop or 2 away from pulling of the comeback as you pointed out. We didn't let ourselves get blown out and we should get some credit for that.

    We'll be watching when we get to Texas. My goal I'd like to see from the team. Choose your battles with care, use your energy strategically. Even in the face of victory or defeat, never put your head down and show us what you got.

    Good luck Blazers. Have a great night everyone

    by Bull Frog on 1/11/2012 11:49 PM
  4. I'm not sure why Nate didn't keep his gameplan from last year of never doubling Dwight since it worked so well. I tend to agree that fatigue was probably not a factor in this game. If a player is fatigued though and can't give maximum effort, Nate should take it upon himself and put somebody in the game who can give max effort. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. This team has the looks of one that knows how talented and athletic they are, which can lead to a turn-it-on-whenever attitude. I question if this team has that leader like M.J. or Kobe who you know is going to fight from start to finish, and hates to lose with a passion.

    by C. Larry on 1/11/2012 11:53 PM
  5. Also with Ray, I am a big fan. His energy is great, he's got size. I'd love to see more penetration and either A: layups B: assists or C: drawing fouls. He's showed what he can do against LAC. He seems to playing a little streaky and erratic, wild if you will. I think that will all work out in time. I think maybe he needs to play a little bit more within himself. We all know he can produce.

    One thing any basketball player knows and especially good advice for big men but also guards...when the elbow shot isn't falling, get inside and get some easy ones. Easier said than done with Dwight Howard plugging the middle, but just seeing that ball go in on a few easy ones can help a player's confidence out there from the perimeter.

    So I wasn't done thinking yet after all. Venting like Coors Light here ha ha

    by Bull Frog on 1/12/2012 12:05 AM
  6. Well i dont like to nag on players, and i sure do like this team we have, but it is games like these were i miss Brandon Roy or Andre Miller. The reason i miss these two is because when the team is not hitting shots they can put the team on their back and carry us kinda like what Jamal did tonight. The only difference is Jamal scores from the perimeter most of the time. So there is no one to collapse the defense and kick it back out. I like Raymond Felton i became a huge fan of his last year in New York I thought man if he could do that pick and roll with lamarcus they would be unstoppable.
    but i have yet to see that same style of play i hope it develops.

    I was not a huge fan of Andre Miller when he first came to Portland but i learned to love him. And tonight i think he would have helped us win this game. I have visions of him posting up the other guards then kicking it out to Wes, Crawford, or Nico but just not the way things are.

    by Avgjoe28 on 1/12/2012 12:33 AM
  7. ps Miller had 12 points and 12 assists and fernandez had 15 points and 8 assists tonight for denver. i guess they are doing well

    by Avgjoe28 on 1/12/2012 12:41 AM
  8. lets give credit where credit is due. orlando played a hell of a game. i was thinking about what it might have felt like to be an orlando fan. it must have been stressful as hell to see those large leads dwindle grow and dwindle. in the end they eked out a 3 point win.

    now let's give the blazers credit. they never gave up. just when it seemed like the gap would close, orlando would extend the lead again and again. i thought the blazers played tenacious against a team that shot the ball really well. for one i think this team has shown a lot of character and heart. the game had you hoping and pulling till the final seconds expired.

    i think this team has their heads in the right places. i think they play hard and i think we should sit back and watch them prove me right on this 6 game road trip.

    go blazers!

    by thedanman on 1/12/2012 12:54 AM
  9. A bad case of TML -- too many layups. We could have withstood Orlando's great 3-point shooting night had we not given up so many easy shots, especially early, and had we made a few more of our own. We were a half-step slow defensively in that disastrous 1st quarter and again early in the 3rd. Whether it was tired Blazer legs or extra-fresh Magic legs, the difference was apparent -- and decisive.

    Credit Orlando though, they ran their inside-out offense perfectly. I agree with those who pointed out that letting Howard get his points and trying to limit the 3-point shooters might be a better strategy against Orlando. Maybe next year...
    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 1/12/2012 1:27 AM
  10. I came here with the sense of it was a positive loss. Glad to see I'm not the only one thinking that. I missed the first quarter, and first half for the most part. The game looked like an instant loss, and I gave up. Moved on, thought about pulling the troops out to get some rest. But, the Blazers fought back and played good defense. Great defense, except on one guy - Hedo. And the Magic played great defense back at us. They deserved the win, but it's nice to finally say the Blazers didn't deserve the loss. Although that was the case, it was a positive heading into the road trip none-the-less. Games like these will happen, but that rally had me cheering in my room alone.

    It was a loss, but it's the regular season, and the game was full of positives for the most part. We'll get them next year.

    by Herr on 1/12/2012 1:54 AM
  11. Yeah, credit Orlando. But let's not forget that high percentage accuracy from the other team means that we didn't played enough defense, too. Or didn't intimidate 'em.

    it wasn't a bad game by Portland, but we need those games to prove ourselves and get on a good streak. Not a devastatind loss but we could'be won.

    And Felton needs to start getting out of this seasons shooting funk. He's doing well and all, but if he could shoot with a better percentage, that'll help us a lot. I live the Knicks Felton and the Denver Felton. But Portland's Felton still not quite there yet =/

    by Tiago Torigoe on 1/12/2012 2:49 AM
  12. All the booing of Turkoglu seemed misplaced to me. Considering the season he had at Toronto last year, we should be cheering his decision. Had he been here, he would have taken minutes away from Nic Batum, who someday will be Turkoglu's equal offensively and already is far better defensively. It worked out just fine for the Blazers.

    by dgpdx on 1/12/2012 2:54 AM
  13. Well i had to miss the game, was planning on listening the wheel & tone but got sidetracked with hw. I was keeping track of the box score as the game went on through the first half but saw the lead build and build and when it got to 17, i just thought blazers were gonna be the blazers of old and just lay down, and i closed my laptop with the only thing on my mind. WTH is going on with this time right now? But by the looks of it, i can tell there's many positives which outweigh negatives. The only negative and one that stands out is it's a loss, a home loss at that, that's never good. But i can tell this was one of the blazer games where held on didn't give up and Orlando was strugglin with us in that 4th quarter, so i hope we figured them out somehow so the next time we face them, we have their number. Everyone sure wishes we could have closed them out though and be 3-0 on this homestand heading out on the road. Orlando by the looks of it were the Orlando of old on this night. When turkoglu goes off and gets his mojo back from 2009, the magic will be back. It really centers around him and Howard. Nelson if you remember wasn't a factor in that playoff run in 09 because of his injury. And substitute a Courtney Lee for JJ Reddick, substitute Ryan Anderson for Rashard Lewis, add a glen davis in loss of Marcin Gortat and Brandon Bass, you got a real dangrous team! And Jason Richardson, he's always killed us in the past. I hate him. LOL. Nobody sleep on them. Their good when they got their mojo going. But moving on. It's on the road again. Time to refocus. I hope we at least get a 5-1 record on this road trip. BTW MB you said we play the pacers to close the road trip out? On the schedule it say Pistons. If we play the pacers we'll prolly go 4-2 with the only other loss being either against the Hawks or Hornets.

    by Ballinrotation365 on 1/12/2012 5:45 AM
  14. from all the information i've gathered, this is a matter of giving orlando uncontested shots, pure and simple. there ttoo good of a shooting team for that. we actually shot pretty well (47.7 percent), and committed just eight turnovers. those are good things which will generally lead to a win. i don't know if orlando just couldn't miss or if our defense was that lackluster. i fear it may be the latter.

    i like the effort in the fourth quarter as we tried to rally, but it just turnedout to be too insurmountable a task.

    i've been wondering when we were going to see another dose of the real Jamal, and last night we did. it's a shame that his two best games have come in similar-type losses. what i take away from his game was the fact he shot very well, 10-17 (oh jeesh Kassandra, shooting percentage again?). coincidentally, LaMarcus shot the same.

    The other guy who i would single out is Nicolas. he had an excellent game. i'm not sure if it's his style of play or that he just doesn't get any respect from the league's zebras, but Nico is a scrapper, and i loved that he was all over the pl;ace last night, as well as the fact he played 34 strong minutes.

    there's not much else to say. you almost wish there were a game tonight as to not get caught in dwell mode (though i'm sure the guys are getting focused on san antonio). on the other hand, us fans need a day off here and there as well.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 1/12/2012 8:07 AM
  15. Its tuff to win a game when a team is shooting like this,It was just an uphill battle....Even tho it was a great comeback ,I just thought they were toying with us like a cat does with a dead mouse:)
    Definitely some positives from the game...Crawford showed his take over the game skills.....I think him playing the backup point guard is good and bad as well.Good in that I trust his decision making.Bad in that he looks to pass more than score...We need his scoring more .That is why we got him right?
    BullFrog....love your comment that it takes a loss to make a win....I agree wholeheartedly....gotta learn if you want to improve...
    LMA is just bein LMA.....pickin up where he left off last year.....If he doesn't make the All Star team this year ,I'm going ballistic....:)
    The boos were well deserved for Turkeyglue...as he torched us......Jus sayin
    Oh, btw, 7 Orlando players in double figures ,5 w 15 or more ,tough to beat or defend that kind of balance.....
    BLAZERSROCK

    by DowntownVinnie on 1/12/2012 8:49 AM
  16. Hey Mike: regardless of a loss, it was a great game. I see lots of positives in this game.
    1. We Played strong all game, but sometimes the opponents just plays tougher
    2. We never gave up, and the 1,2,and 3 quarters were all Orlando, we gave ourselves a chance to win.
    3. As you and the other Mike often say, when a team digs a hole as big as 23 points, you burn up so much energy getting the points back that you can't sustain the comeback to win.
    4. This was like the play-offs, where one team had 2 days to prepare and plan for the Blazers, and we still played them to the finish
    5. As Sarah said in her blog, there is a moral victory in this game and we can walk away feeling proud, We took an Eastern elite teams best shot and still came back to give us a chance to win.

    I predicted last nights loss, because of the two days off for Orlando, We played a hard physical team the night before, plus we were due for a home loss, because we depend to much on the home court crowd and don't always just go out and get the win.

    I also predicted a win at SAS, and a loss to Houston on the road trip and win the at NOH, tough game, lose to Atlanta and win our B2B with Toronto and Detroit.

    We play for each other in wins or losses

    Go Blazers

    by Hg on 1/12/2012 8:58 AM
  17. http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/01/andre-miller-unhappy-with-backup-role-in-denver/
    A familiar tune?

    by DowntownVinnie on 1/12/2012 9:07 AM
  18. Hg: I don't agree that we played strong all game. If we played even close to what we did in the 4th in the 1st they wouldn't have gotten all thse layups and open three's. Like I've said we've got the talent, we just need the focus and effort at the start-heart. I hope on this trip as these guys get a chance to really get know each other that it will click.

    by Ancientone on 1/12/2012 9:47 AM
  19. I also figured this game was a loss, though I did not exactly expect to see Orlando play like they did.

    I think it was a mistake to double Dwight, but other than that and the low-energy start, I am going to give this game to Orlando. They simply played balls out for 3 solid quarters and withstood an enthusiastic RG and determined Blazer squad to get a much-deserved W.

    Though it sounds like the perimeter D was a step slow at times, fact is, D12 was passing VERY well out of the double and just about every guy he passed to was hitting their shot. If we fault anyone, it's Nate for not going to pressure D sooner. Once that happened, the game came within reach.

    The Blazers actually shot the ball pretty well, especially from deep, got high energy play from a few guys, didn't turn the ball over, and so on. They got out-rebounded AGAIN, but other than that, I think offensively, they played pretty decently. Sometimes, the other team really is just A LOT better that night.

    Looking forward to seeing how they prove themselves on the road. For me, these next 6 games will say more about this team than the last 10 have.

    by SisillaRiann on 1/12/2012 10:19 AM
  20. During the game last night, I leaned over to a person in front of me and said " I sure miss Andre Miller!" I see now I wasn't the only one. In retrospect, I just miss Andre's consistency. Raymond needs to recognize when his shot isn't going and make more of an effort to pass to others on the team. He seems to still be trying to "prove" himself. I'd love to see double-digit assists from him. Of course, that would mean that someone else on the team is hitting. I also think Nate should substitute the second team in sooner when the first team is as cold as they have been in several games. Our second team could start on many teams in the league, so he needs to take advantage of their talents.

    by DeVinMzM on 1/12/2012 10:21 AM
  21. For a guy that is widely considered humble, Dre sure does complain a lot, lol

    by SisillaRiann on 1/12/2012 10:24 AM
  22. I love Andre Miller but is he the answer come playoff time? He's dependable, absolutely no question, but could he run a team like this. In my experience, he holds on to the ball a lot in offensive sets. That said, he is a very high caliber veteran point guard, make no mistake. Felton has the potential to do all of that, he's just gotta play within himself.

    by Bull Frog on 1/12/2012 3:36 PM
  23. That's the NBA. When a team is stroking it like Orlando was they can win anywhere. They won't shoot like that every night. Even against the worse defense, which Portland is not. I do think Nate's game plan got lost in translation. After the first four layups he called timeout and things straightened out some. Orlando just shot lights out. It happens. Blazers fought hard. No lack of effort. I was concerned about this game because this the first team we have played with a dominate center. I think it did expose a Blazer weakness. Despite all the wonderful things Camby has done this year, I knew this was a tough matchup for him. Most of his career he was a 4. Nate made nice adjustments and the Blazers came storming back. I think Nate learned how to cover up for the weakness. That will come in handy down the road.
    I don't feel comfortable saying the G.O. word. When Camby got his two fouls, 10 minutes from Greg would have been a nice hand to play.Moving on.
    Hey Mike. Road trip. Lot of games, lot of travel, triple back. No excuses. I want to see a blog from you after every game. Don't try to give excuses like tired legs or jet lag. Just kidding. Have a safe trip.
    About Andre. I'm his biggest supporter. What an ironman. Felton is our man now. He brings his own set of skills that Dre didn't have.

    by Divotking on 1/12/2012 4:37 PM
  24. The real problem last night was the defence. Sure the offence started slow, but it did pick up. Those easy lay ins (which usually involved all the blazers standing around) hurt, but the killer were those three pointers. Almost each time they had open looks, and an outside shooting team like Orlando will make you pay for it. I agree with some of the above commentary, they put way too much effort into containing Howard, since he learned how to pass the ball this is not longer a viable option for dealing with them. Covering those three point shooters and preventing easy lay ups by their little people can usually shut down their offence. Worked last year didnt it?

    However, to a degree there was a certain amount of fatigue. The energy for the most part just wasn't there, and Portland really needs to learn to play with high energy for almost the whole game, every game. When they do this they can beat anyone in the league. When they don't and only show up for one quarter we have games like New Years Day against the Clippers, that horrible Pheonix blowout, and last night against Orlando.

    by outcast on 1/12/2012 5:47 PM
  25. I was excited to see Felton's entire set of skills coming into the season. I assume that a big part of the reason that Portland wanted him was to upgrade our shooting at the point guard position. If he can't shoot 3's with at least 30% accuracy, teams will continue to sag off of him, and we will need to play more uptempo to score.

    by C. Larry on 1/12/2012 6:51 PM
  26. I'd hope that we haven't yet seen "Felton's entire set of skills," because if this is it, we're sunk. He's quicker on the break than Andre, and a better three point shooter (not that that's saying a lot), and a more mobile defender. But he hasn't got any special half-court weapons to match Andre's post-up game, and seems baffled whenever the other team stays organized on defense. It was a reasonable gamble to trade for a younger player who might take Portland to the next level, but so far Raymond isn't making that gamble seem successful.
    But, yes, there were some positives. It was exciting to go from "This is a disaster!" to cheering the team on down the stretch. It was fun to watch Nate throw up his hands at all the futility and throw Luke Babbitt into the mix. It didn't work, but it was nice to see the coach try something instead of just repeating what had already failed. If only Nic's late three had dropped, we might have been celebrating a miracle come-back. But so far this team has faltered when playing tired, and hasn't done much on the road, so I worry that this road trip could turn into a major crash-landing. But if we can win more than we lose on a tough run like this, I'll start to believe a little more.

    by Islander on 1/13/2012 12:24 AM
  27. i don't get the heat people give felton. whole articles are dedicated to express concern and doubt about his ability to take point. i saw him play with denver and thought he did a hell of a job with a team he jumped into midway threw a season. and now he's had 10 games with portland with virtually no pre season. we are sitting at 7-3 and we look solid. we are exciting and fun to watch and felton is a big reason for that. this is the best blazer team we've had in over a decade so let's enjoy and hope for the best.

    go blazers!

    by thedanman on 1/13/2012 5:45 AM
  28. @thedanman:
    I knew there was great reason's for liking your post. I love our team, and even when 23 down with little hope it was exciting to watch hem mount their comeback. We are not going to win all the games. To point fingers at players in losses gets my bad side going.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts

    by Hg on 1/13/2012 6:31 AM
  29. Yeah, I like our team a lot too.

    And I like Felton as a player too, and I think he's going only to improve. The thing is that he is not there yet, but at least we know he can get there, and be a the "PG of the future" for this franchise. It's good to know we're 7-3, playing well and our starting PG isn't even at his peak already.

    GO BLAZERS!!!

    by Tiago Torigoe on 1/13/2012 11:11 AM
  30. I think Turkoglu is from Isengard and is the evil son of the wizard who resides there. Hey, Orlando just had the 3 point touch this night. I have seen the Blazers of the recent past put in a few of these games to my delight. But, when it happens to our team, I just gotta dry my tears quickly. I agree with you here Mike that this is actually a positive. I found it truly amazing that the Blazers were able to come back from all that high percentage 3 point shooting. It is an almost impossible team to guard that shoots well from a distance and has a big inside presence. If you surround a great center with shooters, you will win more than a few games.

    by T on 1/13/2012 12:37 PM
  31. Thank you thedanman; 10 games into the season, no preseason and some are saying Felton trade was a flop. Ridiculous. I like Dre. I like his game, his heart, his blue collar attitude. He did a lot of nice things for the Blazers. Felton brings an entirely different set of skills to the team. He will shoot better. When his shots start dropping LaMarcus and Crash will be smiling. The paint will open up. With Andre every team knew his shot was weak. Every team clogged the middle and dared him to shoot. Felton is a nice piece to the team. I wish Andre well but I like our team as it stands.

    by Divotking on 1/13/2012 3:45 PM
  32. OUCH!! Ankle sprain. Road trip just got longer. All the talk about depth on this team and the first injury comes at the thinnest position. The 5. Play on. Looks like Nate is going with Kurt starting at center. Makes sense. How many minutes can he go? We have to keep LaMarcus out of the 5 as much as possible or we will wear him out. CJ's time is now.
    I think we go ahead and start CJ. Keep bringing in Kurt in the reserve but play him more starter like minutes. Who knows maybe CJ can do some good things early. It would give Nate more options late in the game. Nate knows this move. He used to use Batum in this way as a rookie.
    Give the kid a shot. The benefits long term might be worth the gamble. On the road, why not? With Camby down CJ has to be part of the rotation. Start him. Keep his minutes more reserve like.

    by Divotking on 1/13/2012 9:04 PM
  33. stink again. blazers need to stop the waiting to turn it on. be the aggressors and attack that basket. mcmillan was right, san antone did a better job of working for those rebounds. we should have won that battle. i thought our effort wasn't there and that bugged me.

    go blazers!

    by thedanman on 1/14/2012 5:14 AM
  34. jwquick Jason Quick
    Przybilla clarified that he is not sick of the Blazers calling him. He's sick of answering the same question about whether he will return

    by DowntownVinnie on 1/14/2012 8:20 AM
  35. god i'd love it if pryz would come back for at least one more year just so he can retire as a blazer. and we could use him of course!

    by thedanman on 1/14/2012 8:35 AM
  36. Divotking: I like your idea.

    Joel please. Prettyplease. Pretty please with sugar on it.

    by Ancientone on 1/14/2012 8:58 AM
  37. @Ancientone, see I can agree with you, I too am saying Please pretty please with sugar on it.

    by Hg on 1/14/2012 10:45 AM
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