Jan 05

A Trip to Remember

By mikebarrett Posted in: Timberwolves

When we boarded the plane in Minneapolis after this last game the conversations started among a few of us who have been around this team for a while.  My 13 years don’t measure up to Rice’s 22, so I deferred to him.

Yes, perhaps the freshest memories are the strongest, but Rice uttered, to no one in particular, that this was as surprising a road trip as he’s ever been a part of with this team.  That’s one of those “all-things-considered” type comments.

A few of us remembered a 3-1 trip back in 2010, but even that trip is difficult to compare to this one.  That was a 48-win team that had very high expectations.  That particular trip included games against the Clippers, and then we went to New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee.  So, record-wise, that trip matched this one.  But, in terms of unexpected success, it isn’t in the same league with the trip we just wrapped up.

Not to sound overly pessimistic, but I remember thinking after the win at New York on New Year’s Day, “well, at least we got one on this trip.”  And, I don’t think I was the only one thinking that.  The performance in Toronto, even though perhaps explainable, probably justified those earlier feelings.  Then came the win in Memphis, followed by Saturday night’s win in Minnesota.

To show how truly unpredictable things can be in this league, the game in Toronto actually seemed like the one realistic shot the Blazers had on this trip.  Turns out it was the only one they lost. 

So, take the wins at New York, Memphis, and Minnesota.  Those teams had a combined home winning percentage of .791.  The Knicks had only lost twice at home all season, and Memphis just three times, before their games against the Blazers.

Before we go any further, it’s only fair to point out that Portland did get some breaks in the last two wins, in terms of who was available for the two teams.  But, given the injuries Portland has suffered in the recent past, I’m not feeling sorry for anyone, nor am I going to entertain ideas that because Zach Randolph and Kevin Love didn’t play against the Blazers that it somehow took something away from the wins.  Road wins are road wins.  Portland recently beat Denver at the Rose Garden without LaMarcus Aldridge, and went 4-2 without Wesley Matthews on the same home stand. 

I’m curious to hear your thoughts on where this road trip ranks on your list, at least compared with trips in the recent past.  Or, what your honest predictions were before the trip started.  Or, your reaction to the Blazers now being three games over the .500 mark and in seventh place in the Western Conference race at this point in January, speaking of surprises.

With the Trail Blazers leading by 22 points at Minnesota in the third quarter, I said on the air, several times, to expect a hard charge by the Timberwolves.  It just never felt comfortable, and very little has come easy for this team this season.  Yes, a big, comfortable win would have been very nice.  But, again, any road win is acceptable.

The biggest cause for concern heading into the fourth quarter against the Timberwolves was Portland’s energy.  Back-to-back sets are very tough in the NBA.  The only thing tougher is when just one day off separates two back-to-back sets, otherwise known as four games in five nights.  Sometimes, you get the benefit of a home game during a stretch like this.  When the entire set comes on the same trip, and you factor in travel, very late nights, and four different hotel beds, it enters an entirely new factor into the equation.  I don’t want to bore you with stuff about travel and recovery, but being I experience it, I can tell you it’s very tough.  It wears us out and I’m sitting in a chair for two hours during the games.

So, when you take into account the strength of schedule of this trip, the lack of time in between games, and the expectations going in, this trip is right up there with the best I’ve ever experienced.

Just to brush the details of the win over Minnesota, the Trail Blazers used a combination of solid defense and rebounding to build that 22-point lead.  Teams always make runs at you in the NBA, so it wasn’t exactly going out on a limb to predict that.  But, Portland then started playing too fast, got sloppy, panicked, and nearly lost complete control of the game. 

As Minnesota appeared poised to tie, or take the lead, in the final minute, the one negative thought I had was something about this still being a good trip, even if…  I know, ye of little faith.  I suppose that’s one of those defense mechanisms, to prepare for the worst and be pleasantly surprised if things work out.  Yes, I’m one of those people.  Part of the reason is so I don’t come off totally pissed and without explanation if something goes wrong and I’ve got to describe it on the broadcast.  I learned that early.  Expectations, either too high or too low are pretty transparent. 

As you know by now, the Trail Blazers held the Timberwolves to 3-of-13 shooting in the closing minutes, got a huge shot from LaMarcus Aldridge, and put the game, and the trip, away.

This is about the time I start to look ahead to what’s to come on the schedule, and use phrases like “it doesn’t get any easier now,” but I don’t feel like doing that tonight.  Yes, Portland is about to hit murderer’s row on the schedule, but let’s cross that bridge later. 

It was a fantastic trip, that included three upset wins, and this team is slowly becoming a great story.  

As another trip wraps up, I also want to give a public shout to our traveling TV crew.  I did this on the air tonight toward the end of the game, but probably don’t do it enough.  They are my second family, and I love them dearly.  Our director Chris McMurtry is so talented it would take an entire blog to explain how much he means to the TV broadcasts.  Jeff Curtin, our producer, actually worked high school games with me when we were students at Oregon State.  John Burns, who punches all the buttons on an incredibly confusing switchboard, is our technical director.  He basically flies the plane.  John Lukrofka runs a confusing machine called an EVS.  That’s where we get most of our instant replays and highlight packages.  It’s basically like running a massive version of iMovie, only you’re dealing with 10 cameras flowing into your massive hard drive, and you have to create things in real time, to be shown on a live TV broadcast.  John McConnell is the other member of our crew, and he handles all of the graphics you see on a broadcast, and oversees the people handling the score, clock, ect.  Those are our guys, who I spend so much time with.  Everyone else on the broadcast, including camera operators, we hire locally wherever we are.  And then, of course, there’s Rice.  What a piece of work.  But, he’s so dang good at seeing a game develop, and predicting how coaches will react.  I can’t tell you how much fun we have doing this job together.  I didn’t want go overboard giving you behind-the-scenes stuff here, but these people are so important to me and they deserve a mention from time to time. 

Okay, next up is Orlando on Monday.  See you then.


  1. Great last paragraph Mike. I'd say this was the most memorable I've had in terms of road trips. Then again, my years as a Blazer fan are much more minimal. The only reason I would hesitate to say that this is the best I've seen is in that I'm holding out to see if we can make an even bigger mark this season in a road trip.

    Great 4th quarter team.. That usually means that we have a great team on our hands!!

    by knorton181 on 1/5/2013 10:32 PM
  2. Hey Mike: thank you for your fast blog.
    before tonight game I was looking at the schedule for the rest of Jan. and counted about 3 games that we had a chance to win; now I believe all the games are a possibility, just play them one game at a time.

    I remember when Clyde and crew went something like 22 game in a row without a lost, but I had no TV then and only radio at times so I don't know if those road trips were worst or not, but I remember I never expected them to lose.

    I had the same thoughts as you, maybe I read your blog to much. I told my wife, that I was getting premature thoughts of winning and it was only half time.There was a lot of BB to play and I knew our starters was getting tired, Rice told me on chalk talk in a question I wrote, that when the legs start getting tired the first thing that goes is the three point shot, then settling for jump shots. It soon felt like we were doomed in the fourth quarter, but I was glad that the bench was getting some burn time. Boy he just about left the starters out to long. When a team gets the adrenaline going it takes time to reel them back down.

    The Minny's announcers looking at our roster, could not figure out how we could possibly have this good of a record. and they really cried about their injuries. I was like you, I couldn't muster up any pity.

    Anyway it was a freaky road trip, one that leaves you in disbelief, but I truthfully have no idea what to expect from them going forward, as you have said they are growing up before our eyes, and it is hard to gage just how far they have grown. Just when you think they took the next step, up pops a Toronto or a couple of Sac games. But, if I had to pick the one game to lose on this road trip, it would have been Toronto, because it had less meaning and we were already guaranteed a split with them.

    by Hg on 1/5/2013 10:38 PM
  3. This road trip for me was one of the best I remember Mike. I've been going to games now for several years, but don't recall a road trip that made me this happy.
    I definitely felt the New Years day game was a loss going into it. I mean c'mon; its Madison Square Garden on New Years with the return of Stoudemeyer. After winning this one, I thought we might make it out 2-2 at best, but yet, they've proven they know how to win games. Kudos to Stotts on this.
    Great overall effort by the Blazers on this trip, and glad to see Wesley was able to continue playing. If we can win it Monday against Orlando, it sets up a very exiting week with Miami, Golden State, and Oklahoma City on the horizon.
    I'd love to see all they naysayers eat their words when I decided to keep my season tickets for this year. GO BLAZERS!!

    by blazerglen on 1/5/2013 10:44 PM
  4. Hi Mike,
    Good teams win their home games and half their road games. We just went 3-1 on the road. Right now this minute the Blazers are playing somewhere between good and great.
    This team is special. So much room to improve. That is what makes it interesting.
    Wesley Matthews. He has the heart of a lion. He will never give an inch. The old saying " if I were in a foxhole, he is who I would want by my side". This team is taking on his personality. I have felt for a long time he is the true leader of this team.
    It's a great time to be a Blazer fan. They don't always win but they always fight.

    by Divotking on 1/5/2013 11:13 PM
  5. hey there MB. just remember; "there's no place like the road when playing above-.500 teams in their house when playing four games in five days." i swear i saw an classic movie about a trip to Oz which used a line similar to that!

    seriously though, i think it's ironic that we beat the plus .500 teams, but lost to the sub .500 teams. yes, i know there were customs issues into Canada (perhaps league scheduling should take into account that possibility prior to releasing it's schedule), but i still see a certain irony in the way things turned out on this trip. i also completely agree that, while our opponents were missing some players, we've had enough experience with injuries over the past several seasons to last a couple of decades. i also don't think i'll give the Grizzlies a pass on that since Speights basically picked up all of Zebo's slack.

    our three-point shooting rocked tonight. between Nicolas, Wesley, Damian, Luke & Victor we were 16-23 from back there. in the long run, we needed just about all of those shots to make up for a major deficiency - rebounding. Love didn't play, but Pekovic cleaned the glass tonight -- and that doesn't even include what he could have done had he been able to play in the fourth quarter. then again, Cunningham & Kirilenko picked up the slack there. nevertheless, had we not been outrebounded by 13, the score would not have been as close.

    Nicolas, Wesley and Damian all had nice games, and it seemed Luke and Victor did some good things off the bench. i don't think we can really expect more than a five-point road win over a plus .500 team, but tonight it just seems it could not have been that close.

    this is two straight solid games from Wesley, and Nicolas continues to show everyone that he is worth every penny of his contract. Damian had the kind of shooting night i had hoped for in my comment from the last blog.

    we know from time to time JJ will have an off game. his 1-10 shooting wasn't so hot; neither was Ronnie's 1-8. we shot 43.0 percent from the field but, if you omit those shooting performances, the number rises to 51.5 percent.

    i'm glad the guys have a day off; they need it and have earned it. i'm hoping monday's game doesn't turn into a trap game like the first sacramento home game turned out to be. we need to start this string of road games with a win, because the next two games after that aren't going to be easy.

    all in all, a good win, and a great road trip.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 1/5/2013 11:28 PM
  6. Watch Victor Claver's dunk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIWnlHmYJU8

    by Shem on 1/6/2013 12:03 AM
  7. My honest prediction before the trip started was 1-3. The bad games against Sacramento left behind a bad taste. Then we got the surprise win at New York, followed by the predictable collapse on the second of a back-to-back. I was still hoping for 2-2, but afraid 1-3 was likely. Then we won ugly in Memphis and had angelic help on the threes tonight and it all came up roses.
    I'm beginning to think of the Blazers as having a style that mirrors that of their wonderful new point guard. You know how you and everyone else have been talking about how Lilliard seems to be playing his own game, like he's in his back yard, and what happens depends on him, not the opposition. It feels like the whole team is like that now. We lose to very bad teams if we're playing badly; we beat good ones if everything is clicking. Of course, what part clicks may differ from night to night, with a bit more gritty D and rebounding against Memphis and a lot more long range swishes tonight, but it feels like the Blazers beat themselves if they play wrong and beat the opponent if they play right. So I'm a bit less stressed about the string of quality teams we'll be facing for the new couple of weeks than I would have been when most of our wins were against losing teams.
    I think it's worth noting, by the way, that although the bench did lose a big chunk of the big lead, the starters gave away a bigger proportion of the lead they inherited before they finally righted the ship. The bench guys are getting better and better as time goes by, and the fact that they're no longer getting creamed when they're in there is a factor in the rise to a winning record. I have to say though, that Ronnie Price has become my Sabibi. I think that was the name of the guy in the Latin poem that the poet disliked without being able to say why. But one English poet changed the name for a rhyme and gave us "I do not like thee Dr. Fell/The reason why I cannot tell." Felton and Crawford were that for me last year; I wasn't happy about them even when they had good games, and their mistakes really grated. Ronnie Price does that for me now; his mistakes and misses shots irritiate me, and his flashes of success do not satisfy. The rest of the bench I actually like, except for Jeffries and Pavlovic who don't do a lot and don't stir much emotion. Barton makes goofy mistakes and great plays on successive trips down the court, Claver has made a few mistakes too, but he's really becoming noteworthy for how rounded and solid his play is. (On his "surprise" dunk tonight, I had been waiting for it. I remembered Nic talking about Victor when the Blazers first drafted him, saying, "Sometimes I dunk on him; sometimes he dunks on me.") Freeland commits too many fouls (more, maybe than he deserves) but he's clearly capable of contributing. Meyers Leonard had the slowest learning curve, before the injury, but he partially made up for the recurrent boneheaded positioning errors by providing a couple of monster dunks every night. (Sure could have used him tonight against Minnesota's big-load center)
    But all the reserves need to do is what they're now doing: avoid losing the games so our superb starters can win it. Tonight it was the aggression and accurate shooting by Wes and Nic that made the difference. They made up for it being one of those nights when JJ can't put the ball in the hole when he's right at the hoop. Honestly, he scored two points, but would have had his double-double if he had made just half the shots he missed from point blank range.
    Anyway, it's good to feel like my assessment of the team as better than the pre-season forecasts might turn out to be correct. A lot of games to go, but it's good to be feeling hopeful.

    by David Maclaine on 1/6/2013 12:04 AM
  8. Wow I know we have a tendency to over value our players but i truly love this starting 5. Mathews is a true leader you can see the heart he puts out for this team i honestly think if we trade him this team would fall apart. Hard to think he has been in the league less than 5 years. Batum is showing why we payed him the money we did. Aldridge is being Aldridge and i am liking his effort on the glass, Hickson well that guys is a monster hard to think that Sacramento let him go for nothing fools, And then there is Dame the kid is a star in my book he does not play like a rookie and even if he never reaches the chris pauls and the steve nashs he is still better than 80 % of the PG in the league. So well done guys

    by Avgjoe28 on 1/6/2013 12:20 AM
  9. Truly a great trip! Another thing I noticed were all the empty seats in Memphis, Toronto, and Minni (not as many in Minni). Maybe the best way to get great seats for Blazer games is to travel with the team.

    If we had the Clippers bench, we would be hosting a first round playoff series this year. I've followed the NBA since the late 50s and I can't recall any other team with so much depth. When Hill and Billups are healthy, their bench could realistically challenge for a playoff spot.

    Improving the bench must be job #1 this coming off season. Not to say that our current bench hasn't improved since the start of the season though. Baring a huge trade, improving our starting lineup probably isn't gonna happen any time soon. But again, not that it needs much improvement...

    PS - I agree with your assessment of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The only male actor who could challenge him might be Daniel Day Lewis.

    by dgpdx on 1/6/2013 2:19 AM
  10. Hi MB,

    So thankful to finally be posting on this thread after several years of following your blog and just reading the comments. Took me this long...

    Anyway, my name's Max and I'm a junior at Linfield College looking to get into sports broadcasting for a living, particularly basketball. I sent you a message, hopefully you have some time to reply.

    About the game...the win comes down to one thing. Three-point shots. We tied the franchise record, which, if I'm not mistaken, dates back to 1997 in a game at Phoenix in the days of J.R., Kenny Anderson, and Uncle Cliffy. Fantastic. (I love looking up these kinds of stats when I prepare for broadcasts of Linfield basketball...)

    Here's the thing...if we miss even a few of those, we don't win the game. We got SO LUCKY to come out of this one with a win.

    I'm still finding it hard to accept the bench's play in the fourth quarter, but I appreciate your take on why it got sloppy late. In the end, the bench CANNOT AFFORD to play like that for too much longer down the stretch. Seriously, all those guys were playing like there were two minutes left in the game rather than 10. Once the starters got back in, I was hopeful, but the sloppy play carried over until that clutch 3-pointer by Batum around the 4:00 mark. I'd wager to say that if it weren't for that shot, we would have lost.

    I would highly recommend that Olshey, if possible, look for a proven sixth-man scorer around the trading deadline. Luke has gotten better at this, but clearly he still needs help. As long as a significant part of most of the core of this scrappy team isn't traded away, that would really help and we would get the potential to even upset someone in the first round of the playoffs. Then again, I hope our bench can become more consistent so that this trade doesn't have to happen. They definitely have the potential to do this.

    I guess what really scared me in that fourth quarter was how similar it was to the fourth quarter of that infamous Game 7 in 2000 with the Lakers. Just look at the similarity of the scores in the fourth quarter with both these games...

    2000: 75-60 with 10:28 left
    2013: 79-61 with A QUARTER LEFT!!!

    Unlike the first game, we managed to hold on and get the W. But let me tell you, even as our lead was 98-96 in the final couple of minutes, all I could say was "deja vu, deja vu, DEJA VU." I was 7 when the Lakers came back all those years ago and had nightmares and was crying for several days straight. It was so painful, it just STICKS to you still, and it hit me in the face again last night.

    Thankfully we won. I'll stop now, but please check out that message if you have some time. Thanks and hope this is the first of many more comments on your blog

    -Max Milander '14
    (I will have an audition reel ready by March if you want a listen...)

    by linfieldrunner on 1/6/2013 9:17 AM
  11. dgpdx, your comment sums it all up!

    by linfieldrunner on 1/6/2013 9:18 AM
  12. Hi from France everyone !
    Another nice win for Portland and as a follower since 1995 i think this year team
    is one of the best i've seen so far.
    The bench is still our weakness but i think Leonard ,Claver and Price have a real potential they just need time.About Nico i think the best is still to come and i hope he goes more to the rim to provoke more fouls (5 free throw in the last 3 games and 2 was in the last seconds in Minnesota)is not enough .
    10 wins over the last 13 games is great and i'm exited to see how they will play in the future starting monday vs Orlando.

    by NicoBatata on 1/6/2013 10:41 AM
  13. Glad for the win but why do they all have to be nail biters?
    I love the confidence of all but especially love the determination of Damian!
    He seems to go into high drive!

    Looking forward to Monday's game.

    by allie-oop on 1/6/2013 10:54 AM
  14. We can't rely on those 3 pointers. They won the game this time but can be fools gold. I don't think I've ever seen JJ miss two open dunks in one game before.

    We have trouble matching up with the big strong centers- Mark Gasol and Pekovic eg. We are lucky Pekovic couldn't finish the game.

    by Ancientone on 1/6/2013 11:33 AM
  15. @Ancientone:
    The game plan was to take advantage our dominant back court in this game. We have seen it in the past when the Blazers sagged to protect the middle their outside shooters killed us. We knew we could not match up in the middle, but we could destroy them with our guards, Minny is hard to score against in the middle, and this is one more way to win the game.

    How is that for a rebuttal, not a guru, but read a lot.

    BTW, I agree live by the three die by the three, but when I asked Sarahacht about it she wrote a blog that said the 3 pt shooting is here to stay.So I am learning to accept it. As long as we have other ways to win, when the three is not falling, I can live with it. Remember the dunk fest we had, the heavy LMA ISO we had, the tough defense we played against NYC. All those add up to finding different ways to win, and that is what we need.

    by Hg on 1/6/2013 11:54 AM
  16. Hi Mike,

    I remember a 4 game road trip that was rediculously good. It was an Orlando/Miami back2back, and a texas 2 step, back2back with a day of rest in between 09-10. We lost to Orlando, then won the back2back against Miami, a day off, and a back2back versus Dallas and San Anonio that we won both. I'd have to put that one at the top, but I agree in terms of expectations, this 4 game trip was Aces.

    by Blazer Fanatic on 1/6/2013 9:38 PM
  17. You'll probably remember it best as the Dallas game where Przybilla fell really bad. I will never forget that fall, and I wish I could. It was pretty narly. And we went on to win there and in SA.

    by Blazer Fanatic on 1/6/2013 9:40 PM
  18. If you had to pick one win on this trip... everyone picks Toronto. And there is not a single person who had us winning three, with those three being all BUT Toronto. Even Minnesota was favored to win by 6 without Love and Rubio. Some of the worst officiating I've ever see too on this trip. You busted Rice's chops a bit for saying it over and over, but God love him, he was absolutely right!

    by Blazer Fanatic on 1/6/2013 9:48 PM
  19. @Hg:
    Well said. In other words, take what the defense gives you. The ability of our players to score the ball as well as their unselfish play lets them exploit the other teams weakness. Game to game preparation by the coaching staff and players must be precise and it has been. I haven't heard Kaleb's name mentioned in a while but he has to be a big part of game preparation.
    Beyond that, one game on this recent road trip was won playing good defense. Memphis. In particular the 4th quarter.
    So, as you say, the blazers are finding different ways to win ball games.
    As the year goes by this team looks more and more like the Dallas team that won the championship. Stotts must have placed a huge stamp on that team.
    A very successful road trip. Now a new challenge begins. Put the victories behind us and find the focus at home that brought success on the road.
    I believe they are up for the challenge.

    by Divotking on 1/6/2013 10:29 PM
  20. About Kaleb. I've wondered what the evolution of the working relationship between Stotts and Kaleb is like. Kaleb has seniority and has advanced within the organization. He was the only assistant that wasn't hand picked by Stotts. Management told Stotts he's on your team use him.
    Can you elaborate on this Mike ?

    by Divotking on 1/6/2013 10:47 PM
  21. @Hg: guys like Nicolas and Wesley have always liked shooting threes, and Stotts' offense includes guys positioning themselves out there as options. personally, barring our output at Minny, i'd like to see a maximum of about 25 attempts per game. of course, if we're making them at the rate we were the other night then i say shoot until we go ice cold.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 1/7/2013 7:07 AM
  22. You know it's quite funny. I remember talking to my little nephew who is a big Blazer fan saying "aww we start the year off losing to a team I hate".

    We go in and beat them.

    Toronto happens, and it felt like a reality check.

    Memphis happens, and I oversleep that game so I missed it. Saw we won and for some reason just had a gut feeling we'd win in Minnesota, even when the game was falling apart for the Blazers.

    I know people would like a comfortable win, but the good news is MANY of us thought this team would be maybe a 25-30 win team. They're now at 18. The experience this team is getting with these nail biters is amazing. It reminds me of a few seasons ago in which we were like 6-0 or something in games decided by 2 points are less. We are now 9-2 in games decided by 6 points. I'd rather have that then being a team that dominates every game and when we lose one it makes everything fall apart (just look at the Heat and New York).

    What's even more amazing is this team is over .500 and two teams that fought for the championship 3 years ago are trying to plug all the holes in their quickly sinking boats.

    Regardless of the record this team ends up with, and regardless of what happens, this season has been a success imo. Damian Lillard is becoming a great player and is surprising everyone across the nation. Batum is becoming the player we want, which is one that plays better with a big contract rather than one that got his money and stops caring. We all know Wesley and Aldridge have a lot of heart for this team. JJ Hickson though... this guy deserves a lot of credit for these wins. Always playing guys much larger than him, but still putting up great numbers and grabbing a lot of boards. He's our hustle player, and I think his energy helps set the team up to want to play harder.

    by Herr on 1/7/2013 8:29 AM
  23. @Kassandra:

    You are back to college today are you not?

    I am becoming OK with the three; as I told Ancientone, that is one of the many ways we can win games, plus it is our strength. I know you are not sold completely on Stotts, but he gives us more usage of our weapons and more ways to win then we had with Nate. I am not down on Nate nor am I comparing, just saying the two are different.

    The reason I disliked the three was that seemed to be our only option for so long; our opponents would gang up on LaMarcus, plug the middle to prevent drives and force nothing but three pointers from Nic and Wesley, and even the @!#$%^&&*** Jamal and Felton fiasco. Now they leave LaMarcus single coverage most of the time and gang bang Lillard That leaves driving lanes, open threes, LMA being able to function and of course JJ giving us scoring from the center position, Not comparing him to my beloved Joel P, but it does give us an added option.

    So as Sarah said the three is here to stay, and like you if they fall like they did in Minny bring them on, but if they don't fall like they wouldn't in the Home Toronto game, then we have different ways of winning now; that is the difference,

    Love your response, thank you.

    by Hg on 1/7/2013 9:49 AM
  24. Here's some very interesting stats that show why so many 3's are being shot now, especially the corner 3:


    Hard as it is to believe, the corner 3 even outscores (barley) the low paint as the most efficient shot in the NBA this year.

    by dgpdx on 1/7/2013 11:44 PM
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