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Feb 27

Missed Opportunities Cost Blazers

By mikebarrett Posted in: Nuggets
We've talked so much about close games this season.  There have been so many.  And, for so long, the Trail Blazers could do no wrong on tight contests.  The big shots always fell, the rebounds bounced their way, and more than anything else, this over-achieving team seemed to always pounce on golden opportunities.  

Wednesday night, was one of the few times this season they missed a big one.  

Earlier in the evening Houston, Utah, and Dallas all had suffered losses.  There's no doubt at this point that the Blazers need help to reach their unlikely goal of making it to the postseason. Help they got, on this night.  The door was cracked open once again, but this time they were unable to step through it.

Denver has a much better record, is more seasoned, and honestly more talented.  Not that little things like that have stopped the Trail Blazers this season.  And, once again, as has been the case so often lately, the Blazers found themselves in a position to grab what would have been a huge victory.  But, the late shots wouldn't fall, key rebounds went to the Nuggets, and gauging by the mood in the locker room after the game, the Portland players took this one very hard.

This was yet another nail-biter.  There were 17 lead changes in this contest, 9 alone during one three-minute stretch in the fourth quarter.  And, with the game sitting there to be had for either team, the Blazers were presented with multiple chances to take the win.  

Now, Denver deserves a lot of credit for this hard-fought win.  They shot 52 percent, outrebounded the Blazers by three, and scored 26 points off Portland turnovers.  Yet, the Blazers had this win in their grasp.  

Even after Denver looked to be in a position to slam the door, Andre Miller made just 1 of 2 free throws in the closing seconds, and the Blazers got yet another chance.  They went to their all-star to tie the game at the horn.  LaMarcus Aldridge got the kind of look he routinely knocks down.  Only this time, it fell short, and the horn sounded with Denver winning 111-109.

Aldridge, who finished with 22 points, almost looked shocked that his turnaround jumper didn't go in.  I think we all were.  We've become used to late-game magic from this Blazer team.  And, while I don't think the well has run dry yet, this will be a tough loss to get over, given all that happened around the NBA on this night.

JJ Hickson has been simply brilliant this season.  He picked up his 31st double-double of the season against Denver, scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.  He's posted double-doubles in all three games against the Nuggets this season.

Damian Lillard held his own against one of the hottest point guards in the Western Conference in Ty Lawson.  Lawson had 30 points.  Lillard had 26, and kept Portland alive with a clutch three pointer in the closing seconds.  Wesley Matthews, who carried Portland Sunday in the win over Boston, started slowly in this one, but ended with 16 points and fought foul trouble.

And, we saw a very solid performance by Meyers Leonard off the bench, against a team with a very physical and talented frontline.  Leonard had a career-high 13 points, and also pulled down 5 rebounds, all on his 21st birthday.  He made the comment after the game that he's beginning to understand this NBA game, and that things are starting to slow down for him on the court.  We certainly saw signs of that.

For the Blazers, there are now 25 games to go this season, and there's still a chance.  While some have called for Terry Stotts to raise the white flag on the season, that's not going to happen.  Even with this loss, which was a blow to the midsection of this team, no one has shown that they're ready to concede anything.

I can't remember a season that's been packed with more exciting finishes.  They're not nearly as fun when you come up short, and no one has ever been satisfied with moral victories.  But, this team continues to battle, scrap, and claw.  And, the margin for error is now razor thin.

The homestand continues on Saturday when the Blazers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Rose Garden.  

Talk to you then.


38 Comments

  1. Portland relies too much on the 3 shots whose effectivity is 40 % (10/25) - a good percentage for 3 points shots- but not good enough to compensate the 28/60 = 46.7 % of the 2 shots. And this is because Denver had a poor 21.4 % in 3 shots, but however they concentrated on 2 points: 42/73 = 57.5 % and that is (57.5 - 46.7)/46.7 = 0.231 = 23.1 % better effectivity . And they got 13 more 2 points shots than Portland with a higher effectivity; compensating the plus 5 points Blazers managed from higher free-shots effectivity.
    The problem is not only making too many 3 points shots lowers the general effectivity; it also dissolves the energy required to go for near 2-points with high effectivity. And Denver did this much better. Portland has good 3 pointers but more energy and decision has to be invested in getting high-effectivity 2 points against good teams.

    by Soopadeajo Sopadeajo on 2/28/2013 5:11 AM
  2. They got 14 (not 13) more 2 point shots; sorry.

    by Soopadeajo Sopadeajo on 2/28/2013 5:14 AM
  3. Well, 13 more 2 points shots but 14 more successes.

    by Soopadeajo Sopadeajo on 2/28/2013 5:23 AM
  4. What is really important to be seen; is that in basketball -and in other sports also- where things go often so fast and so many times all seems to be decided in the few last seconds of a game; the work of the whole team counts (not only the work of the best two players) and also a win is made and begins at second 0.1 and ends at 0.1 second from the end of the 2880 seconds. All the seconds, one by one count for the win and for the loss. You never loose just because in the last 30 seconds you played bad or were unlucky -though lack of luck certainly exists- You loose and win all along the game. The statistics and the short 2 minutes video resume tells me Denver played better, as an average, all along the 48 minutes.

    by Soopadeajo Sopadeajo on 2/28/2013 5:45 AM
  5. Well, I know this team won't raise the white flag, but I feel they should ease up on the minutes.

    Look, if you've been here for the past 3 years reading MBs blog, you know I'm a diehard Blazer fan, and the only reason I've been inactive is because my schedule makes it so difficult for me to watch NBA games, and I'm often off to work by the time MB gets his blog out and by the time I get home I'm too exhausted to remember to come view it. Regardless, I say this because what I'm about to say is by no means a bash on the Blazers, it's simply what I believe and what I feel is "REAL".

    I don't know if getting to the playoffs is exactly worth it. Yes, the experience would be good, but if we get the 8th seed, we're fighting a San Antonio team that is coached by the best coach in the NBA that has the "Should-be-MvP" that would be facing up against Lillard. Lillard's great, but would likely get crushed. The only benefit is that Lillard learns a few things.

    But, we're still in a rebuild state. We now have 2-3 players in our future of this team. That is Lillard, Leonard, and probably Wesley Mathews. Where is Aldridge you say? I don't truly believe that Aldridge is devoted to this team. His words during the ASG makes me ponder if he wants to re-sign with Portland at the end of his contract. He wants a ring, and Portland just isn't in the position to get a ring anytime soon. Honestly, not with Aldridge being our "Team captain". I see him wanting to go to Dallas where he's a native, or OKC to play with his buddy Durant, or to the Nets where they're a powerforward away from having a dynasty-like starting lineup. I wouldn't be surprised if Aldridge requests a trade before his cotract expires or he starts looking elsewhere. Thanks LeBron.

    Batum meanwhile doesn't seem as enthusiastic as he has in past seasons, but yet again, I haven't seen all that many games. He said it himself, that he'd prefer to go to Minnesota (who suck btw and I hear the living conditions there are awful). Is he committed to this team? I have my doubts.

    I know I sound pessimistic, but these are things the Blazers need to watch out for.

    Of course, I want them to win every game. I "wanted them to lose all the time" last season when the team gave up on everything so we could get a high draft pick, but whenever I saw a game, I cheered for the win. But, loses like this are reality checks. This team isn't ready for the playoffs and at this moment, isn't a liable contender.

    I'm also a strong believer that the NBA is rigged. After "Kobe's" promise, I gave up on believe any NBA game is legitimate. We all know the Lakers are going to make the playoffs. There is no way the money-goers that run the NBA are going to let the Lakers miss the playoffs for a small market like Portland, Utah, or Houston. The Lakers make up about 80% of the "fans" that watch the NBA. We saw it Friday. Mav fans saw it Sunday. The NBA is rigged. Been thinking it for years, but now, I've lost all hope until 2014 when Stern retires and we don't have to put up with this BS anymore.

    Portland should play to learn. You learn by playing to win. But I'm not too discouraged about this loss. Denver is a strong team, Portland is a young team. We've got a ways to go, but we fought hard. If we miss the playoffs, it's not a huge deal. It's a reality check. We'll get a decent draft pick, use it for a trade or keep it and get another solid player out of it. The worse we can get is 14th pick, but the way things are looking that's going to be another 11th pick. Not a bad asset to have knowing you've already got a team that exceeds EVERYONES expectations.

    Sorry for being the negative nancy, but after being disappointed last season, I learned to be a realist.

    by Herr on 2/28/2013 9:24 AM
  6. Hi Mike,
    Denver is good. Their dribble penetration offense is unusual and fun to watch. Very hard to defend. They get defenders out of position and keep attacking. They score 5 seconds into the clock or 23. Always looking for a second chance.
    Meyers looked good. Happy for him. It's a big stage for a 21 year old kid. He is coming along just fine. I see a bright future for him. If he explodes down the stretch here, he could alter the plan moving ahead slightly.
    Soop;
    I can tell you try to tell the whole story by what you see in the box score. It simply doesn't work. This year Blazer team have won games the box score said they lost. Lots of things happen in a game that don't show up in the stat line. Watching the game and checking the stat line is the only way to tell the whole story.

    by the golden ladder on 2/28/2013 9:38 AM
  7. Mike: I had to put in 6 hrs of work after the game, as I postponed work to watch the game.
    I had mixed emotions about tying the game. If we went through overtime it would have put me even later; nevertheless it was worth it.

    NBA.com gave Stotts praise even after a loss, and as it should be. PDX played a fantastic game as Denver did.

    As I am still in the camp of learning and playing hard is the main object of the game this year; with that being said, last night we took another step forward by playing tough BB; we saw how far Leonard has came. we got to give Lillard some rest, Matthews is still injured bad enough that he couldn't keep up with his man; ESPN felt we should have played zone defense more; what do you feel about that?

    We played a great game and could have won.

    by Hg on 2/28/2013 10:40 AM
  8. JJ is a captivating story. How can he not win most improved player. He poses quite a problem for Olshey. How can you let him get away in free agency and then go shopping for a quality big. If there is a way to keep him, he would be a great energy guy in the second unit.

    by the golden ladder on 2/28/2013 10:44 AM
  9. the golden ladder: I definitely agree with that!

    Hg: It definitely would have been interesting to see us try the zone more. Whether it would have won us the game, I don't know. However, I do know that Denver proved they were the better team last night.

    Fastbreaks...easy lay-ins...points in the paint...TOUGH DEFENSE...those are all things that Denver exceeds at and we fail miserably at, game after game after game. To be bluntly honest...I wish we would play basketball EXACTLY LIKE THEM! Because it's exciting, and GASP, IT WINS GAMES!!! On a regular basis!!!

    Don't get me wrong, I love this team, and I love what Stotts is doing. But if Stotts could just get this team to adopt Denver's mentality and stability they showed last night, if not their exact style of play, we can get dangerous.

    Otherwise...count us out of the playoffs. Calling it right now.

    -Max Milander '14

    by linfieldrunner on 2/28/2013 10:51 AM
  10. Herr; we; Old Europeans like small teams. Many of us are glad to see Denver or San Antonio or Oklahoma play well. I did not know, cause i did not look ; Houston had lost home against a now 28-28.

    ***I still say , because probability says it, Lakers will not make play-offs***

    Houston is now averaging p= 0.5254 wins with 24 games left and is expected with this average to win 12 more games. The probability is P= 59,73 % to win at least 12 games and P= 43.27 % to win at least 13 games.
    Lakers are now p = 0.4248 with 24 games left and need at least 16 wins with P= 5.44 % or 17 wins with P= 2.16 %. This is too low compared to *true probable* Houston chances. I strongly believe Houston will go to the playoffs.

    by Soopadeajo Sopadeajo on 2/28/2013 10:55 AM
  11. "Houston is now averaging p= 0.5254 wins with 23 games left", sorry.

    by Soopadeajo Sopadeajo on 2/28/2013 10:58 AM
  12. just saying time to start lenord. Let hickson play behind aldridge and Lenord i love Hickson but with the season going the way it is and the fact we are not sending him to D league i would like him to get more min and learn. We are not going to make playoffs so let him play.

    by Avgjoe28 on 2/28/2013 12:30 PM
  13. @Avgjoe28: There is more to this years play then just making the play-offs; remember in the beginning we never expected to make the play-offs and and to bench JJ, would be a sign of a white flag, and that IMO, would be giving the starters the wrong message; needless to say I would like to see Leonard get more burn as he is starting to earn it, but not at the expense of JJ, but to help JJ. You have to admit that some of the bigger Centers in the league is a task for JJ. Leonard is not ready for big time starting duties and they would have to take him out early half the time because of foul trouble.
    As Lillard says, this is not a do or die year, and since the whole team needed to learn to play together, we need the whole year to grow. There is many ways to give more minutes to Leonard, Just sub with him when JJ needs a blow will give him all the time he needs.

    IMO, I would start using the players that is being considered for next year as they did Leonard, Claver, and Eric last night. I would Like to see Joel get more minutes also, but maybe he is not a consideration.

    Anyway there is lots of good BB left to play, and I for one would like to see the starters to learn to play consistent through feast and famine, as they are doing right now, that is the way to become consistent opposed to making JJ feel like he is being punished for breaking his back every game against those bigs of the other teams.

    by Hg on 2/28/2013 1:39 PM
  14. The season is over No playoffs the Blazers still have the east coast swing 1 more time towards the end of March. And then play Oklahoma 2 more times and San antonio and Lakers . Its over

    by LA 2012 on 2/28/2013 2:21 PM
  15. LA 2012 :
    The way you proclaim "it's over" you make it sound as if you thought they were a playoff team. This team has way overachieved and good for them. They have already had a better season than most thought they would. If Damian would have been an average rookie or JJ would have had an average year this team would have been a high lottery pick.
    To say the season is over, I don't understand. I think there is 25 more games of exciting basketball to play.

    by the golden ladder on 2/28/2013 2:46 PM
  16. LA 2012: Hey listen to the golden ladder, If the Blazers don't make the play-offs, we can still play the role of the spoiler and that is fun. At the first of the season the FO and the team knew this was not a do or die year and at the beginning Olsey just wanted to be better in April then we were in October. Plus I hope the team is not as fickle as you, as in when the when the play-offs or the Championship is a long reach just give up. If we just keep playing the best we can, we will be better next year, if we give up, we will have to get rid of that syndrome before we could make the play-offs anyway, because after watching the Blazers from the get go, I can guarantee there will be many adversities next year. I don't know if you were around in the championship year or not, but let me tell you they had many adversities to over-come.

    The season may be over for you, so jump off the band wagon, but for me and the golden ladder we can sit back and enjoy some great games.

    by Hg on 2/28/2013 4:48 PM
  17. i have to say, though a little disappointed, i thought we basically played well last night. we allowed too many easy shots at the rim though, and that really came back to haunt us. Meyers had a terrific game; he definitely came ready to play and showed some real competitiveness.

    JJ wants a contract and i think he wants it with us. people who only look at points scored will not recognize the outstanding overall game Nicolas had. LaMarcus will make some potential game winning/tying shots and he'll miss some; last night was the latter. as much as some players are superstars in the officials' eyes, apparently Victor is on the opposite end of that spectrum. Welsey needs to sit until he can keep up with the man he's guarding. Eric and Damian will need some more time on the court together before becoming an effective tandem. Luke's per-48 rebounding from last night is 320.00.

    we need to take care of business these next two road games. both are definitely winnable. i don't have much else to add ... in this comment.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 2/28/2013 6:01 PM
  18. Kassandra: can I presume that you don't feel the season is over?

    by Hg on 2/28/2013 6:06 PM
  19. Hg;
    I'm with you. Lots of fun to be had yet. Maybe even some magic. I would like to see Batum have a 40 point night. Meyers 15 boards. Damian a triple double. Joel and Victor a double/double. Barton a couple starts. Lots of season left.
    Keep playing the right way good things will happen.
    One more thing. Mike's maniacs catching a game at the RG.

    by Divotking on 2/28/2013 6:15 PM
  20. @Herr: as usual, i agree with some of what you said and disagree with some of it. i don't think your player assessments are accurate. I don't think LaMarcus and Nicolas are disinterested in being Blazers. I truly believe LaMarcus wants to be here; he just wants the team to be built. I think that's what's happening. i still see him out there and battling. i don't see evidence of disinterest in him.

    As for Nicolas, i'm confident in saying that the statements made last summer during free agency came more from his agent (who seems to be a real douche bag) than from Nicolas himself. it looks to me like he's happy to be back here and performances like his last night are evidence of it. he had, once again, a very good all-around game. five steals and 2 blocks (or was it three?) are not signs that a guy is disinterested in playing for this team. we may never know how much his wrist was bothering him, but we do know it changed his game. fortunately, the asg break gave him a chance to rest it and it appears he's coming back to form.

    now, when it comes to how the league is run and operated -- including its officiating -- we agree completely. it's hard to watch a big game against a big opponent already knowing the outcome. we may not know the final score, but we know the outcome. of course, we've discussed all this before on here and on twitter, but it bears repeating. heck, even the Nuggets got some blatantly wrong calls last night (i.e. the out of bounds call in the first half).

    small markets like ours and run-of-the-mill players will never get a fair shake in Stern's nba. we've got less than a year now and i certainly wouldn't mind starting a public countdown somewhere. the thing is, he doesn't even bother to deny it anymore other than to ask Jim Rome is he beats his wife (yeah, that's leadership for you, huh?).

    i wouldn't mind throwing a party the night Stern officially steps down. i also think that as a "civilian" that if Stern were to choose to attend a game, there should be a league-wide proclamation whereas he must sit in the 300 section in which ever arena the game takes place. Stern's tenure has one success; marketing. every other area his been a dismal failure: league integrity, league image, league negotiations with players ... well i could go on.

    the point is, i will be happy when Stern is gone. i mean could Adam Silver possibly be worse?

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 2/28/2013 6:31 PM
  21. @Hg, Divotking & Golden Ladder: since Hg asked me that while i was typing the comment to Stephen, i'll take your question next!

    absolutely not! is the playoff window closing? well, yeah. is it closed? NO. i absolutely a flummoxed when i see anyone who claims to be a real fan say that the season is over. i understand the push to cut a couple minutes a game to these guys who are playing big minutes in order to give the younger guys a chance. i mean, look what happened with Meyers last night when he got a few extra minutes. Meyers is developing and i think that is only going to progress.

    what i don't agree with is saying the season is over. i believe it was MB's last blog where i pointed out Angi's column where she says "play to win -- no matter what." no amount of statements from fair weather fans, mathematical probabilities nor on-court adversity will convince me otherwise until it is mathematically impossible for us to reach the playoffs.

    when i read those statements, i merely shake my head and feel a sense of pride i will never feel the same way.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 2/28/2013 6:42 PM
  22. @Soop: i pretty much told you what i think of your probabilities in the last blog, but let me be more blunt: i couldn't care less about the math. when it comes to sports and the trends, the math just doesn't apply. there's more to basketball than numbers and probabilities. there are people. when people are involved, you have nothing but unpredictability.

    @AvgJoe28: i would love to see Meyers to get a chance to start, but i don't think it's quite time yet. i say let's let JJ ride out the season; he's earned at least that much. ad The Golden Ladder mentioned, i'm in the re-sign JJ camp. i truly think Meyers is going to get his shot, but let's let him have an off-season to prepare for that shot.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 2/28/2013 6:53 PM
  23. Meyers is beginning to look like a #11 pick. Last night he got strong at times. Moved with purpose and confidence. Cut to the paint with good timing. Blocked out. Changed shots. Ran the floor like few big men can. Is using his above average athletic skills to make basketball plays. Shoots free throws really well. Will hit the 10, 12 footer.
    Watching him last night he made a lot of small mistakes. The kind he will clean up with experience. Right now I think the Blazers are feeling pretty good about how they spent their 11th pick.
    We should see steady improvement in rebounding and defense. Next year throw in a post move or two.
    The young man sure enjoys dunking the ball. He doesn't hide his emotions. I think he fired his teammates up a little. He's a keeper.

    by Divotking on 2/28/2013 8:12 PM
  24. Random musings:

    I'll stand by my earlier assessment that the Blazers will finish 11th in the West. The players, and many fans, keep saying that they only need to "take care of business," but how many more games will it take for that to start happening?
    We keep playing well against better teams, but bad enough to lose to lesser teams. For me, taking care of business means beating the lesser teams almost every time and playing well enough to win some against the better teams, especially at home.

    I wish a veteran player or coach would take Meyers Leonard aside and tell him to dial down the gorilla act. It's a bit disrespectful coming from a rookie bench player and he really overdoes it! It might be different if he played with that kind of ferocity, but he doesn't. Too often, he plays like a deer in the headlights. He clearly has the physical talents to be an NBA center someday, it's the mental habits he must learn.

    Whenever we play Denver, I can't help but wonder in dismay about the team we'd have had we drafted Faried instead of Nolan Smith. From what I've read, Faried was our original choice for that pick but coach McMillan got a call from Duke's Coach K. (his Olympic team coaching buddy) and he talked Nate into taking Smith. If Nate hadn't been an Olympic assistant coach, Faried would likely be a Blazer today.
    --
    don



    by dgpdx on 2/28/2013 11:18 PM
  25. HG. Im sorry I thought they can grab the # 8 seed like Kassadra said maybe theres magic lot of fun season left .. Next year will be great. I was at the championship game it was fun and hoping they will win it some day. Kassadra know her basketball and so do you .

    by LA 2012 on 3/1/2013 10:40 AM
  26. LA 2012: No problem with me, all fans has there own reasons for watching and enjoy what the team can bring. I would like to win the championship and make the play-offs, but for me there are lots of other reasons I like to watch. Many fans fills if there is no chance for the play-offs then there is no reason to watch. I could most definitely see that if you were buying tickets. Anyway peace

    by Hg on 3/1/2013 3:55 PM
  27. Don;
    You are right he does need to tone it down. He will. I do like the enthusiasm. The message will come from Jeffries, LaMarcus or Wes. One more second of stare and he would have been T'd up. We don't need to light a fire under the opposition. I try to remember he is barely shaving.

    by Divotking on 3/1/2013 6:08 PM
  28. Retain JJ. Have him hold down the second unit. Buy a big bodied rebounding, defensive center. Spend most of our cap space on a wing that can score the ball to play in the second unit.

    by the golden ladder on 3/2/2013 12:26 PM
  29. Cuando la gente está involucrada, cuando se trata de gente; querida aunque aún desconocida Kassandra; ocurre la misma cosa que con el dinero o que con los animales o que con las cosas o que con el amor o el cariño o el juego; tomando juego en el sentido de la gratuidad y de lo generoso; no en el de la apuesta ni en el del dinero ni en el de aplastar a los demás. Tú no puedes, a largo plazo, sobrepasar tu media. Y 13 o 12 hombres o mujeres que jueguen o no a un deporte físico y con reglas; tampoco. La matemática no es; no debe de ser un instrumento de opresión; pero tampoco debe serlo de liberación de unos pero no de otros. Simplemente es un instrumento neutral, lo menos experimental posible; y generoso. Y debe seguir siéndolo. Tampoco es ni quiere ser un humanismo, de entre tantos y tan falsos todos o casi todos. Es la matemática un conceptor de puentes y de enlaces, que sugiere simplemente e intenta neutralmente siempre, acertar.
    Varios hombres ; varias mujeres; pueden hacer historia; pueden ganar, perder, empatar, pactar, acertar o equivocarse: lo que no pueden es hacer magia; porque enfrente están otros varios también hombres; o también mujeres; que lo impedirán.

    by Soopadeajo Sopadeajo on 3/2/2013 2:40 PM
  30. 1.

    When are people involved, when it comes to people; Dear although still unknown Kassandra; happens the same thing as with money or with animals or with things or love or affection, or the game; taking game in the sense of gratuity and generous; not the bet or the money or the crush others. You not can, in the long run, exceed your average. And 12 or 13 men or women who play or not a physical sport and rules; neither. Mathematics is not; It should not be an instrument of oppression; but you must not be release of some but not others. It is simply a neutral tool, less experimental; and generous. And it should remain so. Nor is or wants to be a humanism of so many and so fake all or almost all. It is mathematics a concept of bridges and links, which suggests simply and neutrally always, try hitting.
    Several men; several women; they can make history; they can win, lose, tie, agree, hit or go wrong: you not do is magic; because faces are several others also men; or also women; that it will prevent it.

    @Kassandra: what is soopadeajo, trying to say?


    by Hg on 3/2/2013 5:24 PM
  31. garbelygoo ?

    by Divotking on 3/2/2013 8:08 PM
  32. Divotking wrote about Meyers Leonard: "I try to remember he is barely shaving."

    LMAO! I'll keep that in mind.
    --
    don

    by dgpdx on 3/2/2013 9:42 PM
  33. Hg; congratulations.
    Though my english is still not good enough -improved as a foreign language surfing the internet- to be able to say at 100 % this translation does not fail, misunderstands somewhere, at some point; it is a sufficient English to be impressed. Hand made o machine Paul Allen made ?

    by Soopadeajo Sopadeajo on 3/3/2013 7:00 AM
  34. @Soopadeajo Sopadeajo: I do not speak or read Spanish, I merely translated it in Micro soft words; nevertheless, I still don't understand what it is you are trying to say; you write english well.

    @Soopadeajo Sopadeajo: no hablar ni leer Español, yo simplemente lo tradujo en palabras suaves Micro; sin embargo, todavía no entiendo Qué es lo que intentas decir; Escribe bien el inglés.

    by Hg on 3/3/2013 8:48 AM
  35. Where can i get a copy of the program ?

    PS: "you write well in english" = "escribes bien en inglés" though it could also be "escribe bien en inglés" if the polite form when you speak to important or older people is used.

    But it also can be: "escribe bien el inglés" = "write well english", the imperative form that seems to indicate almost exactly the contrary just with only two letters changed. This is why translating well is so hard and why i am surprised a computer program can work so well ¿ just with the "IF" branching ?

    by Soopadeajo Sopadeajo on 3/3/2013 10:19 AM
  36. Just buy a Micro Soft Office and down load it all, MicroSoft Words is part of the package.

    by Hg on 3/3/2013 11:27 AM
  37. I think i still have a try on Words with Windows 7. Never used it because i used the simpler Wordpad. I´ll look, later, to make again this good translation; cause of course a good writer should always be goodly translated.
    Here is the Google translation which is much more unstisfactory:

    When people are involved, when it comes to people, dear unknown although Kassandra, the same thing happens with money or with animals or with things or with love or affection or play, taking game in the sense of free and so generous, not in the bet or the money or the crush of others. You can not, in the long term, exceed your media. And 13 or 12 men and women who play or not a physical sport with rules, either. Mathematics is not, it should not be an instrument of oppression, but neither should be releasing some but not others. It is simply a neutral instrument, at least experimentally possible, and generous. And should remain so. Nor is or wants to be a humanism, among so many false all or almost all. Is mathematics a conceptor bridges and links which simply suggests and try neutrally always hit.
    Several men, many women can make history, can win, lose, draw, reach, right or wrong: it is what they can not do magic, because front are also several other men, or even women that prevent it.

    by Soopadeajo Sopadeajo on 3/3/2013 1:35 PM
  38. I would have gone for broke in this game and put the ball in the hands of one of the three point shooters. All or nothing in one shot. why try for the tie. LA is not the guy I would go to with the game on the line. He seems to get too nervous. He is the steady guy all game but not at pinch time. MHO, I know. give it to Lill or Batum or Wes. Whoever can get open. Just saying...

    by allie-oop on 3/4/2013 7:43 AM
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