Mar 20

Bucks Roll Through Portland

By mikebarrett
On a night when everything went right for the Milwaukee Bucks, and nothing went well for the Trail Blazers, Portland fans got a reminder of what exactly their team has been missing this season when Brandon Roy strolled into the building and into a courtside seat in the first half.

The ovation for Roy was enormous, of course, and there was the brief thought that perhaps Roy's appearance would light a fire under the Blazers, who were already behind when he walked into the building.  Instead, Brandon got a first-hand look at the team he used to lead, and rescue, on so many nights like this one.

Like on so many tough nights this season, we were left with the what-ifs concerning Roy's bad break, and even though he's never been far from our thoughts, could more than ever envision him bouncing off the bench to lend a hand against one of the NBA's hottest teams. 

After the game I got to spend 10 minutes with Brandon in the Blazer weight room, and witnessed several of his ex-teammates walk through to give a hug and share a word or two. Brandon told me he's watched nearly every game this season, and even though that was good to hear, it was a painful reminder of all that we've been through lately.  We saw Greg Oden in Indiana last week for the last time as a roster player for the Trail Blazers, and then saw Nate McMillan off in Chicago just days later.

Like all recoveries, it's a process, and this one won't end anytime soon.

On the court, we saw a well-rested and red-hot Milwaukee team take apart the road-weary Trail Blazers 116-87.  It was the sixth-consecutive win for the Bucks, and they did to Portland exactly what they did to Golden State way back on Friday, the night of their last game.  Ironically, that was the night of Portland's last win, in Chicago, the day after Nate was fired and two starters were traded.

We've talked about what a difference belief and confidence can make, and don't think for a second the schedule doesn't make a huge difference in a season like this.  Playing the first home game following a long road trip is always difficult, and because of Milwaukee's rare three day break, it seemed to be a perfect storm once again battering Portland's boat.

The Bucks were brilliant, and the Trail Blazers made them look even better.  

In Friday's game at Golden State, the Bucks blew the doors off the Warriors in the opening quarter, leading 31-12 after one.  So, it actually seemed like Portland had weathered the early storm when they trailed by only two after the first quarter of this one.  

Then the coaches starting going to their benches, and that's when things got ugly.  With the starters already worn thin from the brutal schedule, the Trail Blazers badly needed their second unit in this game.  But, the group off the bench ended the first half without a single field goal. The Portland bench ended the game just 2 for 29 from the field.  That's simply too much to overcome.

The margin for error for the Trail Blazers, given the trades and schedule, is so thin right now that the team can't have so many players have off shooting nights at the same time.  Jamal Crawford went 1 for 8, Nolan Smith, who had been playing so well, went 1 for 9, and Kurt Thomas, Luke Babbitt, and Craig Smith, were a combined 0 for 9.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee was so good, we kept scratching our heads wondering how in the world they came into this game four games below the .500 mark.  Clearly, they are no longer that team.  Just ask their five previous opponents.  You hear coaches use the term "connected" when describing their teams.  The Bucks were so connected it was scary, and were brimming with confidence.  In short, they made this look very easy.

For the Trail Blazers, it was a rough way to begin a crucial stretch of the schedule.  Now they get one day off before hosting Memphis on Thursday, and then play the Lakers on Friday in L.A.


  1. FIRST OFF..........Welcome back to the RG BROY :) We miss you so very much and it was glad to see your smiling face, thank you.

    Ok...back to the game where the Blazers dont seem to play with much of a soul. wow...yuck...yes the Bucks played greats...but CMON.

    LA You know people say hes not a man who can put his team on his back and lead the way. I tried to ignore this..but I am now just coming to reality. Hes a solid pf and IF HE WANTS TO...he can play very good. but what Im seeing him do is just roll over and die. yes the did double team him often..but several times he could have gotten aggressive and scored points...he played soft tonight..and he has been playing like that. He has turned into the LA of 3 years ago, except his 15-18 footer is not going down. He has been very dissapointing since all star break.

    Mathews played good...Felton not too bad...thats about it...I dont know where Batum has gone too...but hes just not playing himself. I am just very disappointed with this team right now..I really am. After playing mostly like dog sh*t during the road trip..we come home...you got your home crowd pleading for a win...and then Broy in in the building..and they didnt seem to really show much emotion. Dont know what else to say really...yuck.

    by whitefeather21380 on 3/20/2012 11:04 PM
  2. I was at the game tonight and although i have come to terms that we may not make playoffs, seeing Brandon Roy so close to the action was sad for me. It was so sad for me that although i gave him a standing ovation when the team started to slip it was hard for me knowing that even with the bad knees i think he could be the answer that was needed out there. I turned to my cousin and said he should just put on his uniform for old times Knowing full well that is completely impossible. It was good to see Brandon but at the same time it was very sad. At the same time i dont think for a minute it was easy for him to be there and watch his team lose to the buck in the fashion that they did. The problem with this team is there is not a Brandon Roy style player currently playing for the team. As good as Aldridge is he is not the type of player that can just say ok its my turn and completely take over a game. Roy had that, Miller had that. We need that. I look at the draft and there are some really good picks in there but i ask is the answer to our problems there i don't see it. We need a top tier Guard and a above average center and i currently don't see any thing like that in the first 20 picks. I see a lot of forwards a few centers and hardly any guards. I keep holding out hope that Elliot can bring that style play giving the min but that is still yet to be determined. Broy it was good to see you but it hurt at the same time. I hope you play again although unlikely but i still hope that you do. I am not sure people realize what Brandon did for this team on the floor. I remember the end of last year all the negative remarks towards his play. And even earlier than that when people would say he did to much ISO well i say "take a look all you who bashed him and let me ask are we still better with out him."

    by Avgjoe28 on 3/20/2012 11:18 PM
  3. I donno if I'm the only one that felt this way, but after seeing about Roy and having my Twitter explode with everyone going "B-ROY!", it made me forget there was a game going on, and it was an ugly one at that.

    I remember being a passionate fan, getting frustrated after every loss and wanting that game back. This season, I just want to see hustle and effort. Wesley Mathews provided that and had a great game. The rest of the team... well... they tried. That's all I care about. But you have to make shots now that you have the opportunity (Nolan and Luke). You have to make the most of it.

    This team is depleted. It's done. I've been saying this for awhile looking like a giant jerk, but it's time to face the facts. The Blazers may not be quitting. They may want to win. But passion and enthusiasm doesn't get you far in this league if you don't have what it takes.

    Thinking this team can make the playoffs is a flat out joke. We've seen the inconsistencies all season long with this team. We've seen the defense fall apart, or long stretches without a bucket, in nearly every game. The only complete game I think I've seen this season was the win against Chicago, and that is an illusion game. If the team could play like that every night, they'd be one of the best again. But they don't. They simply don't.

    Let's face the facts, no matter how good they seem. Portland has no closer, and as I've said before, LA isn't that guy. Portland has sub-par defense. It use to be one of the best with Batum, Wesley, and Wallace each being able to shut down a guard, but we have no interior D (LaMarcus somehow has gotten WORSE at defense), and, well, can't blame Kaleb, but this team still hasn't figured out how to defend against the switch. It's a problem we've had for ages, and it murdered us in the Phoenix series in... what was it? 2009 or 2010? Either way, that was a long time ago, and the problem is still here.

    The front office doesn't expect this team to reach the playoffs. The team may not have, but the front office has given up. That's why we traded two starters that weren't the problem. That's why Paul Allen addressed Blazer fans via Twitter saying that these trades were made for the FUTURE. They have given up. I'm not trying to troll, but I'm stating the simple facts. The season is done, and the only point in watching games is to really enjoy your passion of watching basketball. Enjoy the game. Enjoy this team. Win or lose their still fun to watch. But, only expect 66 games this season.

    Sorry folks, but that's the truth of it all. The GREAT news is that we'll have two lottery picks in a deep draft, assuming the Nets don't get 1-3. We can use those picks in trades or draft some decent talent. Either way, we should have a good point guard next season and... well.. hopefully a center that doesn't Oden this franchise.

    by Herr on 3/20/2012 11:39 PM
  4. You really have to wonder just exactly what Brandon thinks of this team, of how they are playing, of the rumored "mutiny" against Nate. You know it was partly on his influence that Jamal came to Portland. I wonder how he feels about that now, too. One thing has become so incredibly clear to me as the season has progressed: Brandon's influence went far, far beyond 4th quarter heroics.

    It was so fantastic, and so terribly sad to see him courtside. It must've been tough for him to come to the beloved Rose Garden, just as a fan. In so many ways, the RG these days is the house that Roy built (unfortunately, one that appears to be crumbling right now). I'm so glad he was able to do it though, for him and for the fans. I think being able to come, unofficially, quietly, was probably the easiest for him and I'm glad Jamal has a birthday that Roy could use as an excuse :)

    I feel terrible for Lamarcus. Based on interviews, and statements he's made, I think LA is a rather sensitive guy. Not like Nicolas, but still sensitive. I think he takes a lot of things personally, and since this is his team now, I really wonder just how much he feels like a failure right now. I wonder how much seeing Brandon, and being reminded of Roy's natural leadership, affected LA. I've seen a lot of comments lately about Lamarcus seeming to regress into his former "soft" play (here, Twitter, other blogs, pretty much everywhere). I am not sure I have the same assessment, but Mr. Barrett used a word above that I think is relevant to LA: confidence. Remember the swagger? I do. Haven't seen it much this season. The game, in every aspect, has gotten much, much harder for LA. No more easy and free lobs at the rim. No more consistent and excellent rebounding by someone else. No more superb perimeter defense (so lots of switching and dragging LA out to the perimeter, away from the basket). No more dependable shooting from outside, to provide spacing. No more reliable scoring threats, to help draw the double team. And most important, in my mind, no more floor general who maintains control of the offense (and the damn ball!) at all times. So, yes, I think LA's game has regressed a bit. I think his confidence has nose-dived. I think he's a little heartbroken that BRoy is gone, the dream is dead, and that so far, he hasn't been able to bring the team anywhere near where he believes it should be. But I hold other personnel far more responsible for that than I do Lamarcus. There's only so much a guy can take, only so much carrying one man can do if others aren't pulling their weight.

    This game was not enjoyable to watch, not at all. And I expect, this is how much of the remaining season goes. I would love it if the guys somehow manage to pull it together and prove me wrong, but really, there is simply no reason to expect that any longer. They have failed to do it, all season, regardless of the impetus. Pride hasn't done it. Irate fans hasn't done it. Falling out of playoff position hasn't done it. Losing players hasn't done it. Being embarrassed on their home court hasn't done it. And finally, getting their coach fired hasn't done it. So, yeah, not sure what's left for them to lose at this point. In fact, losing at this point starts to become desirable, if for no other reason than to get a good lottery position. Man, that's a thought I didn't think I'd have about these Blazers. Ever :(

    by SisillaRiann on 3/20/2012 11:51 PM
  5. Being at this game I just have to say that Blazer fans are awesome. Despite a disappointing loss we were all sticking with the team and encouraging them. I hope the team will start deserving that kind of nearly unconditional fan love again. Good job, Wesley! You were the guy tonight. Joel, you are always great. Raymond keep fighting. And Thabeet good free throws. Everyone else try to find your fire again you need it not only for games like tonight, but all the time. Keep trying to make it up to the fans guys. They deserve the wins especially at home.

    by Niki C on 3/21/2012 2:44 AM
  6. Hey Mike:
    I didn't get to hear the game or watch it yet, I have it recorded. So you gave me my first inside look. I bet BRoy coming into the Rose Garden was explosive. What i wouldn't have give to see that, Wow, and cry, for what used to be. It sounds as if nobody, the fans, the media, and the players has not been able to move on since BRoy's retirement. The hurt and disappointment is still an open wound that has not had time start to heal, then to top that the team seems to be in an infectious mode that needs some kind of medication to heal.
    On to the game, I wasn't really expecting a win, I was anxious to see the bench play and get some valuable experience, and to see what we have for next year. It is not quite the same as tanking it (giving up this season for developing of the rookies), beings as how we are down to 12 players, two of which hasn't been in the uniform long enough to get the feel of it let alone a team fit. A New coach with no time to practice, trying to rescue a team that is wounded worst than BRoy; I am not surprised that they went down hard to a very good team. The adding of Manta Ellis may have made them a super team, Of course from what I read they got rid of a couple of cancerous players as well.

    I can't comment to much more on the game yet, but reading EowynAmarie's post makes me wonder if I can find anything to cling to. But the games still goes on and we might find some good to excellent play from our seldom used bench and our two new Blazers, regardless of whether we win games or not; at this point that is what is important to me.

    by Hg on 3/21/2012 5:01 AM
  7. Hg: You might want to skip this one. We got one game of effort out of firing a coach.

    The usual no defense. Apparently if you make millions of dollars and you play for the Blazers defence is beneath you.

    Several times Felton passed into the post to LMA and a double team came down and LMA passed out to Felton and quickly reposted closer in. How many times did Felton pass the ball back into a deep post? You got it-0.

    This team seems to have no pride and no shame. We saw what they can do in Chicago, will we ever see it again?

    by Ancientone on 3/21/2012 6:45 AM
  8. Not a good game to watch? Au contraire, it was a beautiful game to watch. The Bucks gave the fans a clinic on how to play the game, I just hope the Blazers were paying attention. Crisp passes are the way to move the ball in the half court offense, not seemingly endless dribbling often resulting in a forced shot at the buzzer. Did anyone notice that on fast breaks, the Bucks passed the ball more than once? This is how the game is taught by good high school coaches. It's not rocket science.

    by dgpdx on 3/21/2012 7:31 AM
  9. dgpdx: When you are right you are right. Of course they looked even better playing against no defence.

    by Ancientone on 3/21/2012 7:59 AM
  10. True that, Ancientone ;-)

    by dgpdx on 3/21/2012 9:28 AM
  11. As you've said in the past MB, timing as far as when you face a team can make a major difference. Last night was proof of that. The bucks were red hot all night, they were well rested, and the blazers weren't. I'm not going to look at it as any more than that.

    I will say, however, that the refs had a big part in this one. Like the game in OKC it just seemed like Milwaukie got the favorable end of most of the calls, while the blazers got screwed time and time again. And it wasn't so much what was called, but rather what wasn't. I quickly lost count of how many times one of our guys went to the post, got fouled, badly missed a lay-in or short jumper or got pushed off a rebound, and it wasn't called. The Blazers only took 13 foul shots. The Bucks took 26. And it's not like the Blazers stopped trying to get into the paint. Not saying this was the entire difference in the game, but if one takes that into account, this sure as heck wouldn't have been a blowout.

    by soulseeker on 3/21/2012 9:43 AM
  12. Watched the game; No defense by the backcourt was the major, but when you go that long without making a basket was just a big a major.

    I promised myself that I wouldn't critique any of the players again, as the damage has already been done, so I will leave it at that.

    by Hg on 3/21/2012 9:59 AM
  13. That game was ugly. No defense, no offense either. No play making. I am so tired of watching our guys miss baskets. No bench. Where did they go? No one rebounds. I miss Gerald. You could count on him for rebounds when the going got tough. We can't even make free throws so why bother trying to draw a foul. They are the stand around crowd.

    No excuses for them. They are young men who should be able to go the extra mile if they choose to do so. They are also paid the big bucks to do so. But they don't.

    LA needs to grow up. The camera focused on him several times with a towel over his head. I hoped he was crying for what was happening on the floor but no he was laughing when his team was being annihilated. Earn your pay, LA, you are a grown up in the big leagues now.

    BRoy knew how to close games. No one on this team does. What an opportunity for someone to say I'm the man. That's my job. HELLOoooo...who is it going to be?

    by allie-oop on 3/21/2012 10:58 AM
  14. As a seasoned citizen, I can recall when compensation was tied much more closely to performance. An athlete got paid for what he had done the previous season and most had one year contracts. IMHO, the current system of huge, guaranteed, multi-year contracts is one big reason many athletes have the attitudes we see on display nowadays. Win or lose, play well or terribly or not at all, they get paid the big bucks.

    by dgpdx on 3/21/2012 12:43 PM
  15. Don:
    I most definitely agree with you. What ever happened to an honest day's pay for an honest days work. But, now they look like payed prostitutes, and one prostitute looks like another. Is there a different?

    by Hg on 3/21/2012 1:04 PM
  16. At some point people need to realize that all the 50%+ shooting nights of opponents and sub-40% shooting nights of the Blazers are not just accidents, not a matter of "just needing to make shots," not a matter of opponents having extraordinarily good nights while the Blazers have a bit of bad luck — this is a matter of inability or lack of desire to play energetic defense and inability to execute an offense. The fix isn't going to be easy. It's going to take an absolute housecleaning, preserving LMA and Nic and probably Elliott Williams and Pryz, and possibly Nolan Smith, and wiping out then entire rest of the team.

    Basically, there needs to be a change of culture every bit as dramatic as annihilation of the Jail Blazers.

    I understand the announcers feel they are in the position of Paid Promotional Spokesmen for the organization — which is a bit of a pity, looking at other situations around the league, but a fact in this particular organization. Still, unbridled happy optimism isn't what we fans are looking for here, realism is. This team is getting absolutely clocked like one of the worst teams in the league on a nearly nightly basis. And there is a reason — it's not bad luck, it's bad defense...

    by Carrite on 3/21/2012 2:44 PM
  17. What I didn't understand about this game besides the no defense, is why the coach took the whole starting lineup out at one time, being ahead at the time, (end of 1st qtr) and then the bench putting us down by 11 or more at the half. Why didn't he put the starters back in? They were tired??? Aren't they professionals? Didn't they have the day before off? NO EXCUSES!! It was the first time I left the game early as much as it hurt, I just couldn't watch any longer. On a positive note, I am glad I was there to see B-Roy's big smile. He looked really good and happy. I wish him the best of everything!!

    by dljensen on 3/21/2012 2:46 PM
  18. @Don. There is absolutely no doubt that the culture of Self-Satisfied Millionaires is part of the problem. As the saying of crusty old dudes has been for eons: "Ya can't get good help nowadays." Blazers need to flush this group and try again. Oh, if only Kevin Pritchard were here...

    by Carrite on 3/21/2012 3:03 PM
  19. Yes Chicago was fools gold. My Blazer pride has kept me blinded this entire season. I held out hope this team would turn it around. Not going to happen. On Dec. 26 did anyone really believe we would have "lottery pick" in the conversation when talking Blazers?
    For you Felton fans. Did he suddenly get in shaped the day after Nate was gone? No. Does he make his teammates better? No. Raymond, we couldn't even give you away.
    Here is Paul Allen's to do list;
    1. Hire a GM
    2. Hire a coach
    3. Tell Larry Miller to start coming up with cute little slogans like "we tried" or "there's always next year" Be our PR guy again and stay away from the basketball side
    4. Some how get Bill Bayno back
    5. Keep Chad and Kaleb on the payroll
    6. Tell everyone of the players "no one is safe"
    7. Fire the vulcans
    8. Get on my yacht, take a year long vacation, let the people I've put in place do their job.

    by Divotking on 3/21/2012 4:30 PM
  20. Boy are you an idealist.

    by Ancientone on 3/21/2012 7:21 PM
  21. Ancientone;
    I am disappointed, frustrated and angry. Looking for someone to blame. I apologize. The "to do" list is my fantasy. A way to escape this nightmare.
    Can you explain to me why when a coach calls a 20 second timeout, it will sometimes go full. What makes that happen?

    by Divotking on 3/21/2012 9:36 PM
  22. Divotking:
    That's actually a thoughtful list. They DO need a GM. They DO need to hire a top tier coach like Popavich. 3 is funny one haha. BILL BAYNO! I forgot.. ever since we've.. yea. Your list is pretty legit.

    I wonder if the players read all of the blogs on here..hmmm wouldn't doubt it.
    Hey BLAZER players, we got PASSION! We're doing our job, what are you guys doing??

    by Ballinrotation365 on 3/22/2012 12:30 AM
  23. Oh and can we just skip the next few games and just play the lakers. we have more PASSION when we play the lakers for some reason. Might as well play the lakers every game from here on out.

    by Ballinrotation365 on 3/22/2012 12:41 AM
  24. Divotking: Your to do list was just topped by Paul Allen's GET-A-ROUNDTOIT LOL.
    Ancientone: LMA said he called out all the players one by one and yelled at a couple for not playing D and he thinks they got the message . Do you think that will help?

    by Hg on 3/22/2012 4:24 AM
  25. Divotking:
    I absolutely agree with your to-do list for paul allen. Don't think it'll actually happen that way, but there's always hope, right?

    by soulseeker on 3/22/2012 9:45 AM
  26. The thing that bothers me about the loss to the Bucks is that a lot of people are making excuses. They are saying things like the first game back from a road trip is always tough. I am tired of hearing excuses but that's all I am still hearing. We don't need a list to the owner of what to do and we don't need more excuses. What we need is to find the fire we had in the Chicago game. We have to recreate that or we will not win many more games.

    The front office has done what it can. Now it's time for the guys on the court to get it done. They are professionals and get paid like professionals. Now is the time for them to realize they have to bring it avery night. Coach Canales has to tap into his endless bound of energy and make it contagious to the players. There is still a chance for the playoffs but each loss hurts that chance. No one wants a higher draft pick. They want to make the playoffs and accomplish something.

    by Angi on 3/22/2012 12:23 PM
  27. soulseeker;
    I should have added.

    9. Give Mike Barrett a raise
    10. Give Mike Rice a gift card to Outback steak house : )

    by Divotking on 3/22/2012 12:10 PM
  28. Angi: How about the fact that we don't have 5 players playing with heart everytime we play. It seems like these two show up one game and another two shows up the next game; the whole team very seldom shows up at the same time.
    Then you have to realize that we are just not a deep team and not as good as we used to be; energy will win many games for you, but energy will not make the ball go into the basket.

    Also figuring in, Kassandra McIntosh (Do you know her LOL.) since her cat became your cat I am suspicious. Anyway she quit blogging because the refereeing was getting so terrible that a small town team was getting the short end to often.

    by Hg on 3/22/2012 1:15 PM
  29. Hg: That is part of what I am saying. We don't have enough guys playing with heart as well. I was kind of pointing to that too. There are a few guys who are showing up every night. Some are not. I think energy and heart can go hand in hand. We definitely need a lot more of both.

    I definitely know her. We kind of co-own the cat now. She is someone who is very principled and dedicated to what she believes in. I respect that example she has set and I think I'm a lot like her in many ways. The refereeing was only a small part of why she quit. It would be best if you asked her for some of the other reasons. She told me that there were enough to write a paper for one of her classes on it. Knowing her, It probably came out excellent.

    by Angi on 3/22/2012 1:33 PM
  30. Angi: I told her that she picked a fine time to leave me, she wrote back and said she wasn't actually leaving she would keep track. I figured if she had other reason's and wanted me to know she would tell me. She knows that we are great friends, I am not sure she would want me to prying into her personal life. I also believe she knows I will always be there. But if you talk to her tell her I miss HER :(.

    by Hg on 3/22/2012 2:20 PM
  31. I talk to her every day and I am going to see her Saturday evening when she comes back from spring break. She still follows the team but really hates how the league is run. You can ask her for all the reasons and she will probably tell you. It's not a thing that she just goes around and tells everyone randomly.

    by Angi on 3/22/2012 2:52 PM
  32. Angi: I can't believe it is spring brake already, no wonder I feel so old. OK, I will write to her next week.

    I am hoping for some continuity from our new players. Wouldn't it be great if Talbeet turns out to be good, or Jonny can take Raymond's place. And JJ can replace the traded GW. Anyway I am getting excited again.
    Thank you for responding.

    by Hg on 3/22/2012 3:04 PM
  33. how far we've fallen! i went to the game and i just couldn't believe it. it was like a harlem globetrotters game and we were the nationals. im not joking. what a pathetic display of basketball. backdoor cuts left and right without a blazer near play. absolutely embarrasing! what has happened to batum!? he looks like he's over it. the bench? what bench? all those guys are terrible players except for babbit. he is in his own category and i dont think they have a word for it yet.

    it was was a telling moment when people started to boo the home team. ive never seen that before at the rg. im surprised it didnt come sooner. portland fans are remarkably patient.

    im so glad i didnt pay for my ticket!

    by sudelander on 3/22/2012 3:40 PM
  34. Hg: I hope LMA didn't take too long to ask if some of these players have any testosterone at all or not.

    by Ancientone on 3/22/2012 4:04 PM
  35. sudelander;
    It really has fallen to a level us Blazer fans have not seen for a while. I suppose this happens to every sports team. Doesn't make it any easier to swallow. In December we were 3-0, January 8-9, February 5-9 and so far in March we are 3-8. I see a trend there. We are nearing the end of the season and teams will be positioning for the playoffs. When they see pdx on their schedule they will be licking their chops. It's going to get worse. I held out hope until now but I have to accept the reality.
    I will continue to watch every minute of every game. It's in my dna. I bleed red and black. GO BLAZERS!!

    by Divotking on 3/22/2012 5:04 PM
  36. divotking, excellent to do list for paul allen. it's a fool proof plan for improvement.

    carrite, you are precise in your assessment of what this basketball club needs, a change of culture. the downward spiral began with pritchard's departure.

    go blazers!

    by thedanman on 3/22/2012 7:22 PM
  37. With everything going on this year and particularly in the last two weeks, we need to remember that we are still in the playoff chase. It will be an interesting last month of the season, followed by an off season of perhaps monumental change. Let us hope that it will be positive change.

    by vern70 on 3/22/2012 9:18 PM
  38. Given the state of the roster right now and the reported strength of this year's draft, I'd rather be in the lottery than finish 8th and get rolled by OKC in the first round. It'd be much better for our future.

    by dgpdx on 3/22/2012 11:09 PM
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