Trai Blazers Quiet Thunder, 103-95: My Thoughts
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/13/2010 12:47 PM

     Post-Game Thoughts

    This team, this town, and these fans never cease to amaze me. Literally 45 minutes before tip-off, the inevitable bad news regarding Roy's injury about his knee leaks out, delivering a gut check for everyone with Blazer ties. I can't lie, for a moment I had my "woe is me" moment, but quickly refocused my energy towards the guys who will be suiting up tonight. In a game that both teams desperately needed, the Trail Blazers and fans worldwide wanted it so much more. The term playoff atmosphere gets thrown around way to lightly, mostly without any merit being held behind it, but tonight was the exception. Portland used a 10-0 run to start the 3rd, taking a 2 point lead after seeing the Thunder control the entire first half aided by Aldridge's 3 fouls. What was so magical about the Garden last night occurred during the 21-4 Portland run over the span of six minutes in the 4th quarter. At around the four minute mark, the Rose Garden faithful all rose as one and stood and cheered deafening chants for the rest of the game, including one of the best synchronized and loud ones of all-time. As he checked out of the game, Camby was serenaded with chants of "Mar-cus Cam-bee, Mar-cus Cam-Bee."

    "Haven't heard anything like that since I was in the (Madison Square) Garden," said Camby, who played his home games there for New York from 1998-2002. "Felt good to be appreciated, but they should have been cheering the whole team."

    "We weathered the storm without B-Roy. Being down by eight points at halftime and pulling out this game in a back-to-back situation shows a lot of character and heart by our whole team."

    We were cheering for the whole team Marcus, but you deserved a little extra recognition for a simply sensational performance with the stakes stacked so high. Every single time Portland needed a bucket to stay alive, especially in the first half with LA out with 3 fouls and a hobbled Roy, Camby was always around the ball either tipping in numerous shots or grabbing offensive rebounds to prolong possessions. He stepped up, taking his game to new heights by doing things not many of us new he had in his arsenal, such as putting the ball on the floor in order to get to the line and even running the fast break. When it was all said and done, Camby tallied 30 points (12-16 fg, 6-8 ft), 13 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and a block in 36 clutch minutes. Portland fans are very sly as well as I believe there could have been an ulterior motive behind the praise. While the chants were much deserving, the showering of affection towards Marcus from the fans will linger in his mind this summer when deciding where to finish up his career up. If he didn't know he was wanted before, I think the point is loud and clear now.

    In the first half it seemed like Durant was going to put on a performance of Biblical proportions, scoring 21 points, getting to the line 9 times, and doing so on only 7 field goal attempts. Coach Nate showed his troops some first half game film and changes were made coming out of the locker room which really flustered KD. Martell and Nico both denied him the ball much better, if he got it at all, it was three feet beyond the three-point line. Different looks were thrown at him, including a trap out top and just putting the paint on lock for him, only giving up one free throw attempt in the 2nd half, which came off of a Nate McMillan technical. When it was all said and done, Webster and Batum held him to just 3-13 shooting and 9 points in the 2nd half and it wasn't just Durant missing makeable shots. Both defenders were up in his grill the entire half, forcing deep, contested jump shots throughout the final 24 minutes. Durant ended the night with his average of 30 and 10 trips to the charity stripe, but on only 8-20 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 3 turnovers.

    "We weren't playing our roles at the defensive end of the floor in the first half," McMillan said. "In the second half, if there was an opportunity to switch out and deny, we did it. We wanted to body him and wear him down, and we wanted to double-team him in isolation on certain parts of the floor. And we kept him off the free throw line the second half. That was a key."

    With the win, Portland avoids the Lakers, giving that unenviable task to the young Thunder, but maybe more important than all of these playoff scenarios was the way the Trail Blazers responded to adversity for the umpteenth time this year. Knowing the fate of their superstar's knee and the realistic possibility he won't even be 75% for the playoffs, if there at all, instead of choosing to sulk, they rose above everything and played with heart, passion, and intensity. They have realized how hard it has been to simply be in the position the team is at right now and don't want to waste seven months of hard work. It wouldn't be their style. Call me naive, but with the veteran presence of Camby and Miller, Aldridge looking more and more like an All-Star forward, and a coach who is impressing the hell out of me with each passing game, I can see Portland wreaking a lot of havoc this post-season, similar to the Rockets last year without Tracey and Yao. Also, on a final note, 60 point in the paint from the Trail Blazers last night. If there is one way to win in the playoffs, its forcing the issue down low.

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  1. GuitarJ111
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    Posted 04/13/2010 1:06 PM

    I am still grinning from ear to ear about this game, it was incredible. So proud of our team!!!! :)  Nice post D!
    I am a fan of the Blazers once again, rising above all odds and injuries!
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 04/13/2010 1:53 PM

    MARCUS CAMBY! {dun dun dun-dun-dun} MARCUS CAMBY!
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/13/2010 2:14 PM

    Courtesy of @PDXTrailBlazers -
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  1. GuitarJ111
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    Posted 04/13/2010 2:25 PM

    Love it, thanks!
    I am a fan of the Blazers once again, rising above all odds and injuries!
  1. Bertram
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    Posted 04/13/2010 2:31 PM

    Incredible. Just incredible. The guys really stepped up in the wake of the bad news. The guys need to continue this level of play, tighten up the defense a little bit more and if Roy comes back play at the same level of intensity.
    I am a fan of B-Roy and LaMonster!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/13/2010 11:10 PM

    Phoenix wins tonight means no Denver in the playoffs! Boozer looks like he hurt hi abdominal and AK47 is still banged up so Utah wouldn't be a bad choice. Can't wait till tomorrow on Fan Appreciation night!
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 04/14/2010 7:41 AM

    Posted By DHawes22 on 04/13/2010 11:10 PM
    Phoenix wins tonight means no Denver in the playoffs! Boozer looks like he hurt hi abdominal and AK47 is still banged up so Utah wouldn't be a bad choice. Can't wait till tomorrow on Fan Appreciation night!

    That game was straight scoring for 48 mins. Phoenix looks tough shooting almost 54% from the floor and 14 3s! Looked like a game of NBA Live 10 set on easy difficulty.
    I am a fan of RIP CITY > LOB CITY
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/14/2010 12:04 PM

    Definitely! But, Andre can make Nash work on defense, Aldridge and Camby do just about as good a job as you can hope for on Amare, and they may be without Robin Lopez, making our front-line a serious threat to them. They start Jarron Collins for Pete's sake!
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