mikebarrett

Feb 12

Another Missed Opportunity

By mikebarrett
One of the many trademarks of successful and happy people is that they always expect good things to happen.  Visualize things working out for you, and more often than not, they do.  That's what building your confidence is all about.  But, it's also not as easy at it sounds, especially during trying moments.  That's where timing enters in to everything.  Ultimately, we're judged on what we do, and how we react during the key moments of our lives.

Not to get too deep here on this Sunday morning, but I found myself thinking about this on the flight home from Dallas late last night.  You obviously know where I'm going with all of this.

This is such a slippery slope, and your successes feed off your successes, and of course, your failures can snowball the other way if you're not careful.  A few bad things happen, and it's difficult not to begin to expect those bad things to keep happening. 

The Trail Blazers are in a deep mental rut right now, I don't think there's anyone who would argue that.  The 1-9 record in games decided by six points or fewer is as surprising as it is troubling.  As I've said so many times before, in recent years you never wanted to get Portland into a close game- they'd beat you.

This year, there's this growing expectation of failure in crunch time.  It's new for this team, and it's extremely unsettling.  Opportunities continue to present themselves, and rather than seizing the moment to right the ship, it appears there's now an overwhelming urge to crawl away and hide.

There is seemingly such a fine line between winning and losing.  Like me, I'm sure you're able to recall countless crucial situations that have gone against the Blazers late in games so far this season.  Some of them have been of their own doing, and others have been a bit out of their control.

Last night is Dallas was exactly what we had been waiting for, again.  It was a chance for a signature win, and a 2-0 road trip, that potentially could have gotten this team over this mental hurdle. 

As I write this, I'm watching golf, so stick with me.  Phil Mickelson was that guy, for so many years, who couldn't get it done in the major events.  He holds the record for second place finishes in U.S. Open events.  They always used to say, "once he breaks through in a big-time event, he'll win a bunch of them- it's all mental."  He finally won the 2004 Masters, and three more major events quickly followed.  The flood gates didn't exactly open, but finally started to expect victory, and that's when things changed.

On the flight home I sat there and thought about all of the situations, late in games this season, where one bounce, one shot, one call, one loose ball, and the Blazers would have won instead of lost.  I know there's a lot more that goes into it than just stuff in the closing seconds, and we can debate that too, but what I'm talking about are breaks.  They just haven't gotten a break at the end of a close game yet. 

Now, here's where there are a lot of reasons to maintain faith in this team.  The Blazers are 15-13.  That's not where they should be, and not where they want to be.  But, when you start thinking about all the multiple situations where they've come up empty, and then consider they're still two over .500, it's cause for optimism.  They are going to get this late-game stuff figured out at some point.  I believe that.  I hope they do too. 

Glancing at the stat sheet from last night, it's actually pretty amazing Portland had so many opportunties to win this game.  They shot 37 percent, were outrebounded by 11, recorded only 11 assists in the game, and fell behind by as many as 18 points.  So, despite all of the bad, they did enough good to give themselves a chance to win.  That should count for something.

LaMarcus Aldridge was fantastic last night.  He had 33 points, 12 rebounds, and shot over 50 percent.  He also had several wide open looks during both overtimes that would have probably sealed the win for the Blazers.  He simply missed them. 

As for the backcourt, it's an understatement to say that hitting shots was a challenge last night.  You've heard the stat, but Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews, and Jamal Crawford were a combined 13 for 50.  That's 26 percent, and that's 50 of the team's 97 total attempts, a staggering number.

Yet, the team was in a position to beat the defending champs on their home court.  Is that a reason for optimism, or is this this just another brick in this growing mental wall that has boxed this team into a corner of late-game despair?

We can wring our hands all we want, but it's up to the team to answer that question.



28 Comments

  1. i really think we lost this game in the first quarter. sure, we came back, had leads in regulation and the first overtime. this is the problem with not being able to close out games. we really should be learning how to do that by now. dallas was missing a lot of shots. overall, we just didn't take enough advantage of that.

    LaMarcus was the all-star tonight, proving Nowitski probably shouldn't have been voted again (looks like another lifetime achievement award there, a la Duncan last year). LaMarcus was incredible in front of his home town.

    however, we seemed to rely on our good ole jumpshot offense. i really don't understand Jamal and Ray trying to be hero last night when they combined for a pathetic 10-40 shooting (yep, a whole whopping 25 percent). add Wesley's numbers and you get 13-50. that's just not going to get it done.

    LaMarcus, Nicolas and Gerald combined for 24-41 shooting. it makes absolutely no sense not to go through one of these three when they're the ones having success. i certainly think this trio is diverse enough to concentrate on when we need them.

    the other thing about the aforementioned guard shooting is that there were too many no-pass or one-pass shots and not nearly enough ball movement. until it's realized that if a guy is not hitting shots, he needs to stop taking them, then this team will go absolutely nowhere.

    i know Marcus is tough, but i'm wondering if there will be any long-term toll on these ankle injuries. i'll tell you right now, if Marcus is underneath the basket, then Haywood doesn't get that tip in the second overtime.. i hope Marcus takes these couple of days to make sure that ankle is doing fine before he gets back out on the court.

    as for now, i see some good effort from some guys, but a lot of unintelligent decision making from others. i can't believe we're nearly 30 games in the season and still seeing this.

    for lack of better words, i remain skeptical.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 2/12/2012 1:45 PM
  2. I think Kassandra just said it all.

    by Richard Ackerman on 2/12/2012 2:18 PM
  3. Can we assign a player to go out and slap Felton upside the head every time he lines up a three pointer (in his case of course a no pointer)?

    by Ancientone on 2/12/2012 2:23 PM

  4. i admit i was excited when i saw the new team in portland. they got off to a hot start with all those wins at home, and then something happened they went on the road and there is where stuff starting falling apart. l.a. had another all star type game, but where is his supporting cast? felton, crawford, wallace, matthews, the bench. neither one of these pieces are ever avavilable becuase down the stretch they disappear. the hornets game was a fluke. they got of new orleans with a win, but it was definitely a fight to win that game. i believe also that this franchise is going to have to begin looking at trades. we need a big man already, you pay oden 8 million to sit and stare at games, drop him and get the exception and bring in a 7 footer to be down low because teams are driving in and out of the lane too often. next, bring in players who can finish a game, i cant believe how many games have been lost by 6 or fewer points and the blazers scramble in the final quarter. it seems that players are running from the ball instead of to the ball. i have seen nate on the sidelines motioning felton to run it and pick up the pace and he just walks the ball up so bad listening skills for someone who wanted to come in and be the man at point. all in all its very frustrating to watch these games, l.a. gets an all star nod, but its overshadowed by horrible play and lack of effort by the team as a whole. trade away some pieces and try to make the best of the rest of the season.
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    by Imwytdashyt Epps on 2/12/2012 2:58 PM
  5. I think the problem is we have to many scorers and not enough shooters. Miller was doing better than Felton at putting his head down and just producing plays. Crawford takes way to many shots including 50% bad. Mathews way of playing is similar to Roys, he needs some room to opporate and I think having LA as our main guy takes some of that away. We need to start Batum instead of Mathews and that will solve quite a few things. In the end however we will need to trade someone. We either need a great pg or a great shooter; trading away either Matthews, Felton, and/or Crawford.

    by jamsmashers on 2/12/2012 3:15 PM
  6. I wonder if any other team in the league has a starting back-court whose offensive productivity has been as poor as that of Felton and Mathews? This is a guard-dominated era in the NBA and our guards do not dominate. Here's a fun trivia question, if you like dark humor: What starting point guard has managed 14 assists and 13 turnovers during the last three games?
    All that said, there's no doubt that MB is correct that the team has some obvious strengths to offset its weakness. I think it's also probably true that, except for the ongoing effect on everyone's confidence, the close losses are more a good sign than a bad one. There were a lot of shots that rimmed out last night; one goes in and we're all feeling a lot better right now. And those close misses are mostly luck.
    There were also a few hopeful signs in the way the Blazers ran their offense during the period when they got back in the game. I was happy to see a trend toward running plays through Batum, who seems a much more effective passer than Felton or Crawford. But the failure to use the deeper bench--Nate seems to be backing away from the use he made of Craig Smith, and to have given up on Nolan--is not so encouraging. The Lin breakout has to have the more thoughtful teams wondering how many other productive players there might be in this league languishing at the end of the bench, never given a fair chance to show what they can do. If my name was say, Nolan or Armin, I'd be wondering how long it will be before I get a real opportunity to show what I can do.

    by Islander on 2/12/2012 3:15 PM
  7. And we have a center, Camby is great, but when Felon blows his assignment and Camby comes to help, he leaves his man. We have to many players that wont crash the boards.

    by jamsmashers on 2/12/2012 3:18 PM
  8. Mike thanks for the blog.
    I am not upset by the loss as we created OUR OWN BREAKS, and gave ourselves a chance to win, and that is all you can do. It is the old shots not falling Virus that has been in the Blazers camp all year. That is why we lose so many games, As Kassandra says, If you are not making your shots than hit one of the teammates that is making at least a few of them.
    I am completely confused as to the last three shot selections, We had time to get the ball into LaMarcus and have a chance to get ahead or be even. But the guards had to try to take the game over one more time, even if they failed doing this all year. Failure feeds failure in your mind and in the game, but since this is a team game and we have members of the team that can score, it just doesn't make sense.

    by Hg on 2/12/2012 3:32 PM
  9. I'm fine with the loss. When I saw the first and 2nd quarter, I simply gave up watching and went with a few friends to a restaurant. They had the game on, and I watched. I was shocked to see the Blazers be able to do that, and even when they were down by 6 or so in the 4th with little time, I had confidence they could at least force overtime. They did.

    You are 100% correct Mike. When you're use to these situations, you get use to being disappointed. When you're use to winning, that is what creates the expectations we have for this team. I mean, after all, I already know a lot of Laker fans giving up basketball simply because they're bandwagoners and know their team is doomed to fail this season.

    But, it's a strange thought being on the other side of that scenario, the failure part. Even the Dallas Broadcasters said, while up 18, that "Portland looks nothing like this on their home court". The league knows we're struggling, and the more you struggle, the more teams that are desperate for a win are going to play with confidence against you. That's what Detriot did. That's what New Orleans did. You can't give confidence on the road, and all struggles give confidence to teams. They'll come out and hammer you, because they don't want to be beat by you, and they don't want to do what the Blazers are doing, and missing opportunities. I can guarantee that Friday's win in New Orleans was a heartbreaker for the Hornets.

    I just have to ask. What is up with Wesley Mathews? He's look terrible out there, and I have no confidence in him at all. Jamal and Felton seemed to be doing fine, but Wesley is non-existent, and was an important player in our success last season. When your starting shooting guard has been playing (all season long) how terrible he has been, you're doomed for a 15-13 record. I thought he was an aggressive player, one that hated losing, one that hated missing. Yet, I think he's had maybe 3 games where he's been a big factor as to why we win, and a bunch of games where, if he would have stepped up, we'd have won. You all like to bash Felton, but he's been a lot more consistent than Mathews.

    Speaking of Mathews, why is Nate putting him over Batum in the OT. Was Batum tired?

    by Herr on 2/12/2012 4:13 PM
  10. Herr:
    Nate was quoted on OR-Live:
    “We’ve got guys who are battling with confidence right now,’’ McMillan said. “Like tonight, Nic I thought hesitated on the shot, so let’s get Wesley in. You gotta shoot the ball. So my thing is, it’s really no hesitation to make that substitution if I think you don’t have it, or you can’t get your rhythm, as opposed to earlier (in the season), it was ‘OK. Let them play it out.’ We don’t now. We are going to change. I have to give us the best chance to win.’’

    by Hg on 2/12/2012 5:16 PM
  11. Maybe Wes isn't shooting well but he does other things like defense and hustle. I don't mind that . Felton plays out of control at times, has an indensable shooting average, and plays poor defense My wife said last night if Nate wanted to win last night why did he start Felton in the overtime.

    by Ancientone on 2/12/2012 5:54 PM
  12. Broken record...we shoot our selves in the foot again and again. We have a hard time making those key buckets when we really need em, except LA did quite well. Speaking of Aldridge....we did not go to him nearly as often as we should have...im all about spreading the offense, but when your guards go down 3 times in a row to pull up a wild jumper and it hits iron...maybe go to LA whos been hot..your all star??....If they go to Aldridge more in this game, they win this game.

    Mathews is plain horrible...maybe he can do better on the 2nd unit...I want to see more of Batum being aggressive..anytime he does, good things happen....I dont...we play sloppy basketball...we are not focused...the shooting is often bad. We got the talent..but until the pieces of the puzzle come together, we are a sub par team.

    by whitefeather21380 on 2/12/2012 7:31 PM
  13. Phil's preparation and practice were the same getting second and winning a major. It is a very fine line. A bucket here. A good call. A bad call. A bounce.
    What I liked seeing was the effort put out. When you bring that every time, you force that line to move a little.
    A dream season this is not. Hard work and determination can make it a success. GO BLAZERS!!

    by Divotking on 2/12/2012 8:19 PM
  14. I'm all done critiquing the Blazers :) Nice read Mr. Barrett, as usual!

    I am going to try to focus on enjoying watching what they do right. I will hope and pray that they will start to focus on what is right also. Positive out equals positive in. I'm just glad they are playing and I have NBA to watch :)

    by SisillaRiann on 2/12/2012 9:37 PM
  15. I agree, and have said it before myself, with Kass about betting the ball to the hotter shooters. But when Nate calls a play, that option is gone. Nic Batum was wide open on our last three possessions but he never saw the ball.

    As Jamal said after the game, the play for him to shoot a three with 2 seconds left in the first OT was a good one, he just missed the shot. So be it, Nate called the play for Jamal, not LA or Nico or Crash.
    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 2/12/2012 10:46 PM
  16. so this game neither team played well. blazers had they're typical lets coast into the second half and try and erase a 15+pt lead by the other team and expend soo much energy comming back that they're tired in the 4th.
    Now LA didn't look as tired as i've seen him in the past in the 4th. or even the first OT. he did look a little tired in the second OT though.
    I'm so tired of this team playing 1 half of basketball on the defensive end and hoping to come back and win it. it's just like really?

    the mavs played terrible. and so did the blazers.

    i'm not going to put all of the blame on felton for matthews struggles but if i really go back and look apon last season with miller and this season with felton. and even go back further and look with matthews played with williams in utah... i could logically conclude that matthews struggles this year have been due to missing shots yes but miller always got matthews in a good spot with the ball in his hands ready to shoot. idk he still needs to hit shots. and not pass them up.

    by Brandon Weinant on 2/12/2012 11:05 PM
  17. As much as I have maintained we need more front line scoring help to take the pressure off LMA, the guard play is becoming the obvious, emergency situation in terms of this season. I am not sure how or who we could get, but either Wesley or Crawford (or both if we got enough in return) HAS to go. There is no need whatsoever to have virtually the same two players throwing up bricks all night.

    by Jaredtherebel2001 on 2/13/2012 5:16 AM
  18. I am a big big fan of Mota Ellis. And of Stephen Curry too, to a lesser extent.

    We need a player like one of them, a real shooter, someone proficient in scoring and closing too. I don't know how their contracts are, and etc. But if I was the fantasy GM of Blazers I'd do almost everything to get someone like Monta Ellis on my team (IDK who else would fit, Ray Allen mabbe, but I like Ellis explosiveness more than his shooting, wich is also good).

    Mabbe his personality is not what Blazers look for, and I'm totally biased, because I'm a huge fan of Monta Ellis's play, but we really needed someone like him.

    And speaking of Ellis, and SG's, a while back there was a lot of praises to BRoy, and there was the notion that he was the greatest Western Conference SG besides Kobe, by far. Now I guess Monta Ellis is the only (on West) comparable SG to Kobe, in terms of shooting, driving to the rim, skill. As I said, this about signing other SG is pure "fantasy" thing. But I guess it's our real weakness right now. I think Felton is OK (not great but ok), and I've put more trust on Crawford and he's not living up to the expectations, so...

    by Tiago Torigoe on 2/13/2012 6:45 AM
  19. Tiago Torigoe:
    IDK who is attainable with our salary and location either, but our backcourt is our biggest problem, not that we want to live or die by the three or outside jumpers, but it would be nice if we had somebody that could shoot at least semi consistently. Somebody that can set up players and can move the team on offense. I would not have a problem with Monty Ellis, but his price may be to high.

    by Hg on 2/13/2012 6:57 AM
  20. I would like to have either one of them, but, as Hg points out, what would we have to give in return? Felton's expiring contract will be a big draw for some teams, but I'm not sure Golden State is one of them.

    by dgpdx on 2/13/2012 11:08 AM
  21. i'm getting restless here. this is not the team we were supposed to be seeing at this point. i'm certainly not willing to say 'oh well; no big deal." the time has come to demand more. we've come too far over the past five years to settle for what, at times, is mediocrity. of course, i know some players have changed, and Brandon is gone, but we have other players who are supposed to have stepped up. i don't think i'm being over-critical here either. something has to change. the selfishness of some of ouf guys has to end. what Nate said about Nicolas being hesitent is ridiculous. i'd much rather have a guy who is thinking about his shot or passing options than have a guy in there who can't hit the broad side of a damn barn. LaMarcus, Marcus, Kurt, Nicolas, and a couple others have played well this season. some others are simply not playing to the standards they should. basically and in short, the blazers are broken -- it's high time we demand some repairs.

    @Richard Ackerman: i appreciate that. i'm actually MB waited until sunday to post the blog; it allowed me to temper some of my words.

    @Imwytdashyt Epps: we're all frustrated with Greg's plight, and imo i don't blame him personally. i think he wants to be out there. i would mention, however, that his contract is not the $8 million qualifying offer amount. his restructured deal (which occurred after his "setback") is more in teh neighborhood of $1.5 million.

    @Herr: are you on prozac?! here, i thought you'd be the one to join me in my aggression & tyraid! we may not have "supposed" to have beaten the mavericks but, given the way the game worked out, we very well should have. unless one takes from this game and turns the circumstances and opportunities around, the term moral victory means absolutely nothing.

    @jamsmachers: too many scorers and not enough shooters. that's a pretty good assessment. not that Nate would actually play him, but i wonder how Jon Diebler would be doing this season. we definitely need some guys who can put the ball into the basket from outside on a consistent basis.

    @dgpdx: we have a habit of seeing a guy go hot, then stop giving him the ball. i don't really understand that. i do get that the player may become better-guarded, but we still need to feed the hot hand rather than put the ball into the hands of the guys who've shown so little firepower throughout the game.

    as i said earlier, i remain skeptical.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 2/13/2012 3:59 PM
  22. Hey Miss Kassandra, I am on Prozac and I am on your side. So don't blame it on drugs, just difference in opinions :).
    I am totally confused by our shot selection, our rotation, and our flipping a coin to decide when to start playing BB. The first half of the Mavs game was horrible. then the second half was great; in other games we play great the first half and bad the second half. So, I keep reverting back to you as you always say the Blazers has got to learn to play for 48 minutes.
    LaMarcus didn't have to carry the load the whole game so he was fresh to be a finisher, then they just forgot him and left him out to dry with those worthless outside shot attempts. It thoroughly confuses me.
    I don't have any answers, but boy do I have the questions, starting with what in the world is going on with Nate? I know you are not a Nate hater, as I am not, but his bias to Washington players seems to be clogging his brain. Of course Crawford is our second leading scorer, but he shoots twice as many shots as anybody else, plus if a rookie played like that, he would be back on the pine as is Elliot Williams for missing 4 shots.
    I am perplexed not sceptical, so it might be the Prozac LMAO.

    by Hg on 2/13/2012 5:02 PM
  23. Unrest in Blazer fan camp. Can't blame them. I've had my moments this season where I thought ENOUGH. Rebound the damn ball. Then I calm down.
    Winning changes everything. Win some games fellas.

    by Divotking on 2/13/2012 5:15 PM
  24. I love the Monte Ellis idea!

    by Jaredtherebel2001 on 2/13/2012 9:59 PM
  25. MIKE: i WATCHED PART OF COURTSIDE TONGIHT;
    Listening to that other Mike saying that Felton was not a finisher, and Nate is staying with his starting line up, My idea for a closing line-up would be
    1. Jamal
    2. Nic, if he can stay out of Nate's dog house
    3 Gerald
    4. LaMarcus
    5. Camby or Thomas maybe Thomas on offense and Camby on defense and use Thomas for pick and rolls with Jamal or Batum coming off that screen.
    If we are playing on the low blocks with LaMarcus and Tomas is high post, they have to come out on Thomas because of his midrange shooting ability.

    What do you think? would that work?

    by Hg on 2/13/2012 10:27 PM
  26. HG, if i was coach that would be my lineup in the final minute. And Thomas would be in instead of Camby. Thomas has that sweet consistent jumper and he makes his free throws.

    I was talking with my brother and he made an excellent point about how much room he gives veterans for mistakes vs the young guys. Look at how awful Felton is playing but how many minutes he plays and then look at Batum. Batum is a guy that struggles with confidence yet when he makes the slightest mistake he's yanked. Why? I think he's a smart player and he can learn his errors from film. That tight leash is only compounding Batums self doubt and that is no way to grow.

    On the bright side, that 1-9 stat of games decided by less than 6 points says if we could execute late we would have a pretty sweet record. We aren't far from winning a lot of games. The big difference is we don't have ROY. He's the only reason we were so deadly in late game situations the past few years. Roy was one of the NBA's best closers EVER.

    That closer guy now needs to be Aldridge. So what if he's triple teamed, draw the foul.

    Go Blazers!

    by thedanman on 2/14/2012 1:27 AM
  27. thedanman:
    I agree with you on Batum and rookies. Last night on courtside, Rice said you had to give Batum hard love, give him 35 minutes or so, but instead of kissing him on the cheek as they do in France, smack him on a different cheek continuously to keep him aggressive. Point being when Batum's shot is not going in he finds another shooter that isn't as good as he is. Normally that would be great, but not with a minute left in the game and we are tied.
    That is not coming from me, that is Nate's opinion. IMO, we know Nic is a great player, and if he wasn't looking over his shoulder to be pulled if he makes a mistake, he would be more aggressive. Or, at least give him the same amount of room that he gives Felton and Wesley.

    As far as making Aldridge our go to guy, that is the general plan already, but our back court of Felton and Matthews can't get him the ball at a decent spot or time. or not able to get him the ball at all because the opponents are playing the lanes, and on the road they won't call the fouls when Aldridge is actually 5 on one. LMA as a facilitator isn't quite there yet, he is better at passing to the open man, but that does very little good as the open man does not make the shot. But once LMA starts his dribble, the enemy knows he won't or can't pass, and they put up a wall against him. I have a feeling that will be his next summer project. Last year learning to use his left made a ton of difference, now if he can facilitate off the dribble then Nobody in the NBA could be a better closer.
    As far right now, we need Thomas Jamal, and Batum because the opponents has to at least respect those three and not key completely on LaMarcus.
    thedanman:
    I agree with you on Batum and rookies. Last night on courtside, Rice said you had to give Batum hard love, give him 35 minutes or so, but instead of kissing him on the cheek as they do in France, smack him on a different cheek continuously to keep him aggressive. Point being when Batum's shot is not going in he finds another shooter that isn't as good as he is. Normally that would be great, but not with a minute left in the game and we are tied.
    That is not coming from me, that is Nate's opinion. IMO, we know Nic is a great player, and if he wasn't looking over his shoulder to be pulled if he makes a mistake, he would be more aggressive. Or, at least give him the same amount of room that he gives Felton and Wesley.

    As far as making Aldridge our go to guy, that is the general plan already, but our back court of Felton and Matthews can't get him the ball at a decent spot or time. Or not able to get him the ball at all because the opponents are playing the passing lanes; also on the road they won't call the fouls when Aldridge is actually 5 on one. LMA as a facilitator isn't quite there yet, he is better at passing to the open man, maybe to quick, but that does very little good as the open man does not make the shot. But once LMA starts his dribble, the enemy knows he won't or can't pass, and they put up a wall against him.
    I have a feeling that will be his next summer project. Last year learning to use his left made a ton of difference, now if he can facilitate off the dribble then nobody in the NBA could be a better closer.
    As far right now, we need Thomas Jamal, and Batum because the opponents has to at least respect those three and not key completely on LaMarcus.
    To make the Blazers better you need to look at us from the opponent’s point of attack. So far that is if you can stop LMA, you can more then likely beat the Blazers, unless on few occasion our perimeter shots are falling. In doing that they force us to play to our weakness, of course that is our perimeter shooting. We don't have anybody that can make shots consistently from outside, but Jamal and sometimes Batum can facilitate off the dribble.
    Ancientone: you are going to put on that weight fast.

    by Hg on 2/14/2012 5:46 AM
  28. Interesting stretch of games ahead. WAS tonight. Blazers need a win. SAC next night. Grab a road win. To end a triple back, the Clips. Hack-a-Blake seems to work. The game I'm looking toward is Atlanta on Saturday. A quality team on our floor. GO BLAZERS!!!

    by Divotking on 2/14/2012 4:26 PM
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