Feb 25

Whole Lotta Highlights: Portland 101, Toronto 87

By caseyholdahl Posted in: BrandonRoy, Blazers, Raptors, RudyFernandez, AndreMiller, DanteCunningham, JuwanHoward
A very nice road win last night for the Trail Blazers on the second night of a back-to-back. Andre Miller flirted with a triple-double (18 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds) while finishing his second-consecutive game without a turnover. Rudy Fernandez, with rumors of his discontent in Portland swirling, played one of his better games of the season, ending the night with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a game-best plus/minus of +24. Juwan Howard played dependably in the starting lineup, LaMarcus Aldridge struggled early before making some big buckets in the fourth quarter and Jerryd Bayless gutted out a sore ankle, giving Nate McMillan some much-needed production off the bench. And Brandon Roy continued his return to Brandon Roy-ness.

Onto the highlights


• Everyone knows the story of Kevin Pritchard's attempts to lure Hedo Turkoglu to Portland this summer. And if you watched the game last night, you'd know that Hedo ended up in Toronto. So with cap space in hand, KP went after Andre Miller (after tendering an offer sheet to Utah's Paul Milsap). In this play, Miller takes it to Hedo, the man who is partially responsible for Miller being in Portland, for an and1 layup. Click here to watch the video.

• There was a lot of second-guessing when it came to Brandon Roy's hamstring. Should he play? Should he sit? Is the team nudging Roy to play? Why get the PRP treatment? Why not get another PRP treatment? No shortage of opinions, as uninformed as they may have been. But Roy's performance over the last week would seem to vindicate the path taken by Roy and the team's trainers. While he may not be without pain, he's at least returned to the form we've become accustomed to out of the three-time All-Star. In this clip, Roy finishes two layins in the first quarter, with the second being one of his trademark full-extension jobs. Roy grimaces a little, but playing with pain is a part of life in the NBA. There should be no confusion about that. Click here to watch the video.


• Dante Cunningham has quite a few highlight reel blocks for a guy who only averages 12 minutes a game. His combination of better-than-average hops, a good sense of timing and a relentless motor gives DC all the tools to be a shot-altering presence whenever he gets in the game. In one series in the second quarter, Cunningham alters a Reggie Evans layup attempt, blocks the next attempt, then LaMarcus Aldridge comes in a pokes away an Amir Johnson shot. Block party! Click here to watch the video.

• If Rudy Fernandez is in fact less than satisfied with his current role (something I don't beleive, by the way), playing like he did last night is the best way to win more minutes and responsibility. Rudy had 9 of his 17 points in the first half, including an acrobatic reverse layin that left Andrea Bargnani swiping at nothing but air. Click here to watch the video.

• What can you say about Juwan Howard that hasn't already been said? At 37, he's showing no signs of slowing down. He's playing big minutes out of position, but he still manages to make an impact seemingly whenever he's in the game. And when he's beating teams down the court for fast break dunks, one gets the feeling that Juwan could be playing into his forties. Click here to watch the video.


• Passing the ball is the best way to beat a full court press, something Juwan Howard learned long, long ago. And if you can run the floor when the opponent is trying to force turnovers in the backcourt, you set yourself up for some easy buckets. Juwan is aware of that as well, and proved as much when he inbounded the ball on one end of the court, ran 90 feet to the other end, then finished with an easy layin. Click here to watch the video.

• Brandon Roy doesn't dunk the ball very often. Just not his style. So you tend to notice it more often with Roy finishes with the jam, as he did over Andrea Bargnani in the fourth quarter. Andre Miller was backing down on Jarrett Jack when he say Roy cutting through the lane. Miller hit Roy with a perfect pass, and Roy finished with a little one-handed jam. Click here to watch the video.


• Fresh off the victory, Mike Barrett talks to Rudy Fernandez about his performance against the Raptors, playing against fellow Spanish national Jose Calderon (by the way, what happened to his game?) and being happy "playing with these guys." Click here to watch the video.


  1. Who ever is editing the videos needs to leave more space at the beginning or (preferably) change the video player that they're using!! This player doesn't let you "rewind" all the way so when the highlight happens too early in the reel, it all happens too fast for comfort.

    by tylerstenson on 2/25/2010 4:13 PM
  2. Yes I too have been noticing the terrible video player cutting out the action. by the time it finished loading and you are able to expand the window the clip is over. C'mon Blazers I.T. Guys - Pony up for some better video streaming, Please don't be lazy and settle for this sub-par cheesey vieo player, Blazer fans deserve better. Please? :)
    Also, adding a few more seconds of lead in time before the action as well as a rewind button would help a lot.
    ALSO - IF the player would just stay full screen between clips it would eliviate lag switich to full every time you start! :)
    Just my 2 cebnts anyways -Thanks

    by DPR Rip City on 2/26/2010 1:20 AM
  3. I have to join in on the protest. clips are way to short.


    by Hg on 2/26/2010 9:01 AM
  4. Hearing you guys loud and clear. We're going to try to fix the problem by replaying the shorter clips a few times. Hopefully that will help. Only problem is clips shorter than 15 seconds don't have pre-roll ads, which some people like. Longer the video, better chance of having to watch a commercial. It's a duel-edged sword, as they say.

    As for the video player, that's what the NBA gives us/forces us to use. If you don't like it, take it up with Commissioner Stern.

    by caseyholdahl on 2/26/2010 2:05 PM
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