Trail Blazers Rally Falls Short, Ends Season In 99-90 Loss: MyThoughts
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/30/2010 10:32 AM

     Post-Game Thoughts

    A season filled with adversities, which sent our emotions on a roller coaster of highs and lows, finally came to a halt Thursday night in the Rose Garden. Phoenix jumped out early behind the hot shooting of Jason Richardson, who ended up with 28 points on 10-16 shooting from the field, including 5-8 from downtown. Portland saw the deficit grow as large as 16 mid-way through the third but didn't want a blowout to be the last memory of the 2010 season for the fans. Reminiscent of his 24 point quarter two years ago against Utah, Marty caught fire in the later portions of the third and into the 4h to the tune of three three-pointers as well as being fouled on another, making two of the free throws. In total, he was 6-10 from the field for 19 points. Aiding him was none other than the reemergence of Rudy Fernandez, who bombed away, draining 5-6 from beyond the arc which brought the RG from a passive clap to a loud roar. Portland fought all the way back to tie it up at 76 apiece, but a 8-0 Suns run killed any hopes of a Game 7.

    "I hope it hurts right now for all of us," McMillan said. "We need to get a grasp on how this feels. Because next year at this time, we want to be moving on to the next round and competing for a championship."

    Give all the credit in the world to the Suns and their coaching staff. After falling asleep in Game 1, they made all the proper adjustments to take away all of our strengths. After scoring 105 in a Game 1 win, Phoenix locked in on Miller, Aldridge and really never left either one out of their cage, holding the Blazers to under 100 points the rest of the series. With a non-100% Roy, Phoenix was able to hide Nash defensively and put the bigger Hill on Miller, stifling his every move. When they weren't full court pressing Dre, they would simply play a zone whenever he was in the game, daring Miller to win the game from the outside, obviously his major weakness. Gentry also knew the Blazers were not an aggressive team in terms of cutting to the hoop, so he doubled Roy and LaMarcus at every opportunity, which ended up in Portland usually just swinging the ball around the perimeter instead of sending a slashing cutter to the middle of the open defense. On offense, whomever Roy was guarding, they engaged him, making him work on defense by running him through screen after screen. Finally, whenever Portland seemed to have a comeback in them or any wave of momentum, Phoenix always had an answer.

    "He[Roy] struggled to get his rhythm," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "He wasn't able to move like he normally does. (Jason) Richardson did a good job crowding him and getting into the ball. (Roy) was trying to get a rhythm, but he just couldn't get it."

    Even in defeat, there is something positive to take out of this series and it comes in the form of Jerryd Bayless. Although he got a little bit reckless during the game, coughing it up three times, for the first half, he was the only player trying to be aggressive and take it to the cup. What we have found out though is that with ample playing time, Jerryd is able to get more into a rhythm. Once he gets settled into the game, not only does his jump shot seem to find bottom more times than not but his court vision expands. JB's 4-12 shooting wasn't indicative of his series but he did pass out a game-high 7 assists, showing his maturation as a point guard. Maybe even more impressive is his defensive effort and intensity. He just seems to relish the big-game situation, something a team can never have enough of. Portland's future is in safe hands with Jerryd waiting in the wings, ready to take the torch from Andre in 2-3 years.

    The 2010 season has finally came to a close. Although Portland failed to advance past the first round since 2000, there is a lot of hope heading into the 2011 version. Camby is locked in for two more years, Andre will head into training camp as the starter, giving us more stability at the lead guard slot from the get-go, and hopefully all Trail Blazers who are dinged up can be healthy and rejuvenated come October. Nico showed he is the small forward for the next 10 years and most likely would have been on a All-Defense team had he not been injured for half of the season. Portland won 50 games despite having over 300 games missed due to injury, so it's not inconceivable 60 could be on the horizon, especially with Oden's return inevitable and the majority of the top Western players aging and out of their primes.

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  1. whack
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    Posted 04/30/2010 10:38 AM

    Last 8 minutes, Phoenix had already committed 4 team fouls to Portland's 0 fouls. You would think, oh, if I were Portland, I can just tell my guards to drive to the hoop and foul out Phoenix's best players, while shooting all the free throws I want. Not Portland. They proceed to drain the clock, take 11 of their next 12 shots from 3 or deep 2, draw only 2 Suns fouls with B. Roy on the floor, and shoot a total of 4 FTs! 99-90! What a joke! Last time I checked Phoenix didn't have Shaq or Robin Lopez to block shots anymore, so you might want to make "driving to the paint" one of your philosophies next game! Oh wait, there won't be a next game for you if you don't count bass fishing in the lake, with the Mavs, Bulls, Bobcats, and Heat!

    Nate is a loser.  Mark my words!  These losers don't make the playoffs next year!!!!
  1. ***Jason***
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    Posted 04/30/2010 10:44 AM

    whack, you don't think the blazers make the playoffs next year? after a 50 win season with the second most injured team in the NBA? that's whack. i'll take that bet though.
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  1. whack
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    Posted 04/30/2010 11:05 AM

    The only reason the Blazers won 50 games was because the West was down this year.  Don't forget Paul was injured for the Hornets, and Rockets were without Yao!  I don't call losing Oden, Prizbilla, and Roy for just a 10-15 games as being a real handicapped as those injuries.  Thunder and Spurs won 50 games also and they are still alive in the playoffs!  Add on to the mix next year the Rockets w/ Yao, the Grizzles, the Hornets, and even the Warriors (Yes the Warriors who beat the Blazers in Portland w/ only 5 healthy players), and it's no way the Blazers make the playoffs next year.  Nate will be fired too by 2011 season end!  Trust me Jason. 
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/30/2010 11:52 AM

    Golden State beat us without Roy, Aldridge, Camby, Miller, Oden, and Przybilla on fan night..hardly anything to write home about.
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  1. ***Jason***
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    Posted 04/30/2010 3:59 PM

    whack,

    Roy missed 19 games (20% of the season)
    Rudy and Batum missed a combined 65 games
    Oden and Przybilla were both lost early for the rest of the season
    We never did see Travis Outlaw
    Everybody else but Miller and Howard missed games.

    As you know, all in all the blazers missed 311 regular season games due to injury. That was good for second most injured in the league and they still won 50 games. Golden State was first. Where did they end up? Incidentally, Phoenix was the least injured of all 16 playoff teams, and they only won 54. As for the West being down this year, sure, the Rockets played without Yao and the Hornets missed Paul for a while. Everybody else was pretty much at full strength all season. The only difference between this year and next year is that next year most of the western conference teams that are aging will be a year older. I would put money on it that if Portland has an average year as far as injuries go, they will be seeded in the playoffs higher than the Suns next year. It's actually the Suns that should probably be worrying about not making the playoffs next year with aging Nash, Amare, and Grant Hill. I don't know, makes since to me. What do you think?


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