Trail Blazers @ Clippers Game Thread: 78/82
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/07/2010 7:15 PM

    Juwan Howard returns tonight, meaning Patty is back on the inactive list. Also, the Blazers catch a break as old friend Travis outlaw won't play tonight due to an injury suffered in Denver on Saturday. Utah is going to lose and OKC is in a dogfight with Denver..we need this one tonight!
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  1. madiarsg
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    Posted 04/07/2010 7:24 PM

    I hope Catfish is okay
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  1. madiarsg
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    Posted 04/07/2010 7:26 PM

    SOOOOOOOO sick of players and the league blaming refs for losing a game.  GUESS WHAT!!!!!  You shouldn't have been so close that a call determines the game.  If you wanted to win, you should have been ahead in the game.  PLAY THROUGH THE BAD CALLS!!!!
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  1. madiarsg
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    Posted 04/07/2010 7:27 PM

    And another thing - quit blaming Nate for player's bad play!  He cannot go out and play for them, there is only so much he can do!
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/07/2010 7:36 PM

    OKC loses and SA has to go to Phoenix right now too..we're in 6th possibly with a win tonight!
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  1. madiarsg
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    Posted 04/07/2010 7:50 PM

    Trade talk when we are making the playoffs makes me really cranky!!!!  Seriously, players go through bad streaks, our guys will get it together for the playoffs.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/07/2010 7:56 PM

    LMA getting his Amare Stoudemire on! This is the type of aggression I've been wanting to see out of him. He has all the talent in the world and he is abusing a great defender in Kaman. Keep it up, we'll need it!
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  1. madiarsg
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    Posted 04/07/2010 8:33 PM

    Doing good so far, but we need to step it up a notch.  Only up 4 on the Clippers is not enough.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/07/2010 8:43 PM

    I  have a feeling we'll pull away in the 3rd behind Roy and LA. Need more cutter though and less standing around
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  1. AnnaInTheHouse
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    Posted 04/07/2010 8:44 PM

    Not a bad first half, but gotta come out strong in the second and establish the lead so we aren't frantic in the 4th!! Come on Portland!
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/07/2010 9:01 PM

    Up 11, Roy and Aldridge flowing on offense, Batum locking down any Clipper he wants on defense. All we need to do is put a body on Drew Gooden and we're set!
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  1. madiarsg
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    Posted 04/07/2010 9:02 PM

    This is how you play the 3rd quarter!
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  1. madiarsg
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    Posted 04/07/2010 9:21 PM

    Oh Rudy, seriously - get it together for the playoffs please!
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  1. madiarsg
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    Posted 04/07/2010 9:37 PM

    Sometimes I wonder if we are trying to give the game away.
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  1. madiarsg
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    Posted 04/07/2010 9:41 PM

    Going to be in 6th place after tonight.  Go Blazers!
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  1. AnnaInTheHouse
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    Posted 04/07/2010 9:43 PM

    Blazers WIN!! wasn't all beautiful but there was a whole lot of good in that game, give and go's, good looks, LMA was HUGE!! another double double, 27 points, he does well when he's sick! Maybe Rudy should catch the cold, I remember he said he was playing really well when he was sick earlier this season.... :)
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  1. bar24bis
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    Posted 04/07/2010 9:44 PM

    Great road win against another conference opponent! Let's sweep Dallas and move up in the seeds! :)
    I am a fan of The NBA Championship in Portland ending with DL going Rip City!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/07/2010 9:53 PM

    Great win..a little closer than necessary, but I'll take it. Roy and LMA will get the headlines, but Juwan was the x-factor. Each basket he made was so crucial to keeping momentum.
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  1. daddylogan
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    Posted 04/07/2010 9:53 PM

    What I liked about this game was that the Blazers (Roy) came out in the third quarter and made a statement. They took control of the game and put it far enough out of reach that even a late Clipper run wouldn't be enough to make it close. They did what they were suppose to do...win against a sub par team! Now it's time to gear up and play tough against some of the big boys...Rip City Baby :-)

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  1. caseyholdahl
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    Posted 04/07/2010 9:57 PM

    It was touch and go, once again, but they found a way to pull it out in the end. With both the Spurs and Thunder losing, tonight shaped up to be a pretty nice night for the Trail Blazers. Now the real tests come with the Mavs, Lakers and Thunder over the next 5 days.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/07/2010 10:45 PM

    I fully expect to win 3 of our last 4 and end with 51 wins..should be enough for 6th
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/08/2010 12:08 AM

     Post-Game Thoughts

    Had it not been for the dynamic duo of Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge, this game could have gone either way. There's a reason they signed long, expensive extensions in the summer and they proved their worth against the Clippers, combining for 50 points. Much like the Sacramento game, Portland raced out to a nine point first quarter lead, only to see it shrink down to four at halftime. The bench wasn't terribly bad, scoring seven in the first half, but turnovers and spotty defense enabled the Clippers to make it too close for comfort. A great sign was Portland coming out of halftime with a purpose and rode the broad shoulders of LaMarcus Aldridge to a 27-14 advantage in the period, eventually pulling away 93-85. One player who will fly under the radar in terms of performance is Juwan Howard, who had 10 points on 5-8 shooting, but each basket felt like much more than two points, always either stopping the bleeding or boosting momentum.

    Roy had 23 points (10-17) and 6 assists, an average night by his standards, not taking over as much as I expected. He had a stretch in the 2nd quarter when I thought he was going to go off for 40, but the offense was ran through Aldridge all night long. It didn't really matter who L.A. put on LA, whether it was Kaman or Jordan, because he was in attack mode tonight. All in all he tallied 27 points (12-26), 12 rebounds, 5 assists, a block, and a steal in his team-high 42 minutes of action. There was just a relentlessness to his body language tonight, always the quickest to tip rebounds back to teammates or keep it alive on the cylinder. He simply outworked everyone on the floor tonight. Regardless of how his offense is flowing, if Aldridge can use his wingspan and height to be a force on the glass, life will be so much easier in Blazerland.

    Apparently the bench didn't get the memo I sent out about them, because they were still pretty lackluster again tonight, Howard excluded. Outside of Old Man River, the bench totaled 7 points (3-8), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 turnovers in a short lived 44 minutes between four players. In a game against an opponent who is more than 20 games under .500, the bench should have been able to log more minutes than they did tonight, but their play just isn't allowing Coach Nate to do so. They couldn't even hold a 21 point lead mid-way through the 4th quarter, giving up a 9-0 run in a span of two minutes. Early on it looked like the bench had a breakthrough as Martell hit two nice jumpers, but Webster didn't really get into that type of a groove in the 2nd half. Although Jerryd's 3 points and 1 assists will not make anyone look twice in the box score, I felt like he was more in control tonight and although it was a baby step in his progression, it was a step none the less. Bayless is looking more and more like a player who needs more than 10 minutes to produce. Don't give up hope on J-Bay just yet, he'll improve as he gets more mature and the minutes slightly increase.

    "We need to get our second unit to step up a little more if we want to be successful in the playoffs," Roy said. "We have been able to build good chemistry with the starting lineup and, again, we just need to get our second unit to that level."

    Tonight couldn't have gone much better for the Trail Blazers as the Thunder, Jazz, and Spurs all lost, placing Portland in a three-way tie for 6th place in the Western Conference with the Blazers holding the tie-breakers over both San Antonio and Oklahoma City. Utah losing is key, because they have a fairly easy schedule left and as long as they stay out of the 2nd or 3rd seed, Portland should be able to dodge that bullet. These next three games against Dallas, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City are the biggest three-game stretch this squad will have faced this season and if they can find a way to come out 2-1, the 6th seed should be a lock. Everything outside of the backcourt reserves seems to be flowing and although Trail Blazer fans held their breathe late in the 4th quarter as Marcus Camby had to go back to the locker room with a slight right hamstring strain, it is said to be minor and Marcus would have gone back out on the court had the team needed him. For now, we can all collectively exhale. Currently, I don't think there is a team the higher seeds in either conference wouldn't want to see more in the first round than our Portland Trail Blazers.

    "It feels really good to be headed to the playoffs," Camby said. "It doesn't matter who we play, we can compete."

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  1. GuitarJ111
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    Posted 04/08/2010 12:12 PM

    It was good to see Blake out there playing well last night... but was it me or did he seem a little pissed off last night.  I know he wasnt happy about a few calls... but I didnt see any smiles from him at all.  Im glad he did well though.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/09/2010 2:28 PM

    Blake is probably pissed he has to play for the Clippers while his former team is about to make the playoffs again..it would be depressing.
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