Top 15 Games Of The Season Thread: #2- Miller's Time
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  1. caseyholdahl
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    Posted 05/14/2010 11:44 AM

    Starting a twice a week feature here on blazers.com and IAMA picking the top 15 games that shaped the season. I put together my list, and will present two a week until we get to No. 1.

    I put Andre Miller's first start in a home game against the Spurs on Nov. 6, 2009 as the 15 most important game of the season. Miller getting his first start was the beginning of the end of the Steve Blake era, though Miller was sent back to the bench eight games later. It was also a big win against a quality opponent at a time when the Blazers were struggling to find early-season consistency.

    Your thoughts on the importance of this game? Too low on the list? Not worthy of a Top-15 game this season? What's your list?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/14/2010 12:09 PM

    I think you have this game properly placed (in the range of 15-20). I don't think you'll get too much of an argument this low since it was Dre's first start, started our 6 game winning streak, and we wore some pretty nice Rip City Jerseys! Also let the Spurs know that the 3-1 series win in 09 was no fluke!
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 05/14/2010 1:58 PM

    Posted By caseyholdahl on 05/14/2010 11:44 AM
    Starting a twice a week feature here on blazers.com and IAMA picking the top 15 games that shaped the season. I put together my list, and will present two a week until we get to No. 1.

    I put Andre Miller's first start in a home game against the Spurs on Nov. 6, 2009 as the 15 most important game of the season. Miller getting his first start was the beginning of the end of the Steve Blake era, though Miller was sent back to the bench eight games later. It was also a big win against a quality opponent at a time when the Blazers were struggling to find early-season consistency.

    Your thoughts on the importance of this game? Too low on the list? Not worthy of a Top-15 game this season? What's your list?

    Its importance in the sense it was Andre's first start, but it came at the expense of Blake being our shooting guard and Brandon playing the 3. Maybe the game where he was given the full command of the point guard spot without Blake being in the lineup, since that seemed to turn Andre's game around in the right direction.
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  1. EthanMoney
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    Posted 05/14/2010 6:25 PM

    Great placement. Was defiantly the start of many decisions the team made later in the year.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/20/2010 12:06 PM

    Game #14 is a tough memory to erase, but one that helped the Blazers grow down the stretch of the season. Letting The Jazz Comeback from 25 points down in the 3rd quarter is next on the list. Although being there was a difficult pill to swallow at the time, it was a wake up call for the team. We ended up winning 16 of our next 20 after that and helped us learn to close out games aggressively instead of playing conservative and not to lose.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 05/20/2010 3:54 PM

    What a terrible feeling that game was. Why did it have to take 4/5 games of blown leads down the stretch for it to finally click in our heads that we have to play the game for the win and not to lose. Frustrating. Those games would have made the difference between the 6th seed and home court advantage, but that is why it was such an important game.
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 05/21/2010 1:46 PM

    Posted By DHawes22 on 05/20/2010 12:06 PM
    Game #14 is a tough memory to erase, but one that helped the Blazers grow down the stretch of the season. Letting The Jazz Comeback from 25 points down in the 3rd quarter is next on the list. Although being there was a difficult pill to swallow at the time, it was a wake up call for the team. We ended up winning 16 of our next 20 after that and helped us learn to close out games aggressively instead of playing conservative and not to lose.

    Wake up call indeed, that was so hard to watch Boozer out hustle our entire front court. That game and the previous seasons meltdown vs. the Clippers where Blake missed those free throws will be burned into my head for years to come.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/25/2010 3:31 PM

    Whereas Game #14 was a tough pill to swallow, let alone remember, Game #13, Roy & The Ghost Of Christmas Past was one of my absolute favorite memories of the season. While I feel bad for everyone who has to work the Christmas games, these past three years of hosting games on 12-25 have been tradition for me and my family. I always get them extra tickets to this game and after opening presents the night before and spending time with extended family throughout the day, it's always game time at night (extra happy they moved it to a 730 start last year to allow for more Christmas festivities). Everyone seems in a good mood and although it looked bleak during the game, Roy delivered like he was Santa on Christmas and it was one of the better presents received that year!

    Here's a snippet of what Casey had to say in his article-
    The Trail Blazers, like crowded department stores, egg nog and stockings hung with care, have become a fixture of the holiday season by virtue of their recent and consistent inclusion in the NBA's Christmas Day broadcasts. The Trail Blazers have hosted a game at the Rose Garden on December 25 for the past three seasons and while it's a nice present for fans to be able to watch the Blazers in between their other Christmas activities, it's also a good day for the Red and Black to get a win. Portland is 14-2 in games played on Christmas Day.

    Despite their historic success on Jesus' birthday, Christmas Day 2008 was an unhappy one for the Trail Blazers as they lost 102-94 to the Mavericks. Portland lead 80-77 going into the final quarter of that game, only to be outscored 25-14 in the fourth. Brandon Roy, who finished the night with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, was particularity upset with the way the night ended.

    "(Dallas) didn't let up," Roy said. "We thought we had them down and they weren't down. Coach said they outhustled us, and you can't dispute that."

    A year later, Roy hadn't forgotten the feeling of being outworked on Christmas. And it wasn't the loss that bothered him as much as it was the notion that he allowed the holiday to change his approach to the game. So when it came time to take the floor for the NBA's 2009 Christmas Day nightcap against the Denver Nuggets, Roy was ready. Despite being a devoted father and family man, Roy removed himself from most of his regular Christmas activities. He wanted to make sure that this time around the Trail Blazers would have to be beaten by a superior opponent, not the specter of St. Nick and all of the responsibilities that come with his arrival.

    From the jump, Roy played with a focus most wouldn't be able to muster on a regular day, let alone the on Christmas. He went 3-for-4 and made both of his attempts from the free throw line, finished the first quarter with 9 points. Then he really turned it on with a 16-point second quarter, finishing the first half with 25 points, the most points by a Blazer in the first half of a game since Darius Miles went for 32 first half points on April 19, 2005, also against the Nuggets.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/03/2010 4:51 PM

    Game #12, Bayless' Opportunity,  on this list is one of my all-time favorite games to have witnessed in person. Throughout most of the night, I felt like we were over-matched and it was only a matter of time before the Suns flipped the proverbial switch and blew us out of the water. I recall the lead growing as large as 13. Channing was raining threes, Dudley was unconscious as well, and Nash was dissecting out defense like a surgeon. Then it happened. Bayless got the green light and aided by Roy's stellar night, it was a game again. Jerryd brought life back into the morgue that was the Rose Garden and showed why he was a lottery pick in 2008. 29 points in 29 minutes just doesn't grow on trees, so I feel fortunate enough to have seen it occur live. His passion, fire, and energy all wrapped into one rubbed off on the entire arena that night, making it one of the most electric nights in the RG I can remember.

    Here is a snippet from Casey's article-
     Watching Jerryd Bayless, one gets the sense that he could go off at any time and in any number of ways. The omnipresent look of pent up ferocity that seems to define the way he carries himself could give you the impression that he's a ticking time bomb, a malcontent just waiting to happen. But that's really not the case.

    What is true is that no one is quite sure who Jerryd Bayless is as a player yet except for Bayless himself. He's convinced there's nothing on the court he can't do when given the opportunity, and when he performs as he did on December 17, 2009, it's hard to argue with his contention.

    The Trail Blazers were in one of the worst funks the team had endured since the '06-'07 season when they hosted the Phoenix Suns for a nationally televised game on TNT. They had lost six of their last nine games, including a 1-3 road trip in which head coach Nate McMillan stayed behind in Portland as he recovered from surgery to repair a torn achilles tendon. Greg Oden's patella had snapped in half six games earlier and the inhabitants of Rip City had just been informed of what a microdiscectomy was and that it was going to keep Rudy Fernandez out of the lineup for some time. In a season full of hardship, mid-December was arguably the nadir.

    The sinkhole the Trail Blazers found themselves in looked as though it was only going to widen through the first three quarters against the Suns. Amare Stoudemire was having his way in the post, scoring 23 points and grabbing nine rebounds through the first 36 minutes. Grant Hill and Channing Frye had 18 and 17 points, respectively. Steve Nash had only scored eight, but had almost as many assists (11) as the Trail Blazers put together (13). Add in Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge shooting a combined 10 for 27 from the field and Andre Miller taking a shot to the nose courtesy of Hill during the second quarter and it was easy to see why Portland trailed 81-70 going into the final 12 minutes of the game.

    Bayless, who had played a little over 17 minutes at this point, was a bright spot. He had already scored 13 points on 4 for 8 shooting and had three assists at the start of the fourth, but there was still plenty left in the tank. The chance to play significant minutes, let alone fourth quarter minutes, was the break Bayless had been waiting for.

    "I was just excited," said Bayless after the game. "It’s been a long time coming I feel like. Now I get an opportunity and I’m just trying to make the best of it and help this team win.”

    His best was scoring 16 points in the fourth, including two three-pointers and four free throws, to help the Trail Blazers overcome a 13-point fourth quarter deficient and beat the Suns 105-102 for their 16th victory of the season. He finished the night with 29 points, which was at the time a career-high, and had help from Roy, who scored 11 points in the fourth, but when it came to the heavy lifting, Bayless was "the man" for the first time in his professional career.

    “It felt great," said Bayless. "I can’t even lie – you know – this last year and a half has been tough for me. Coach has given me an opportunity now and I’m just trying to make the best of it so I don’t have to go through that again."
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    What could possibly be #11 if that Game was 12?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/14/2010 12:26 PM

    Game #11- It Begins-

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    Forgive the cliché, but the longest journey does indeed being with a single step. And in one of the most topsy-turvy campaigns in Trail Blazers’ history, the initial step of the 2009-10 season started against the team that ended Portland’s journey of a 2008-09 season.

    The Trail Blazers had issues to address after being eliminated by the Rockets in the first round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs. They needed veteran leadership, toughness, an upgrade in the backcourt. So they went out and signed cagy veterans Andre Miller and Juwan Howard and drafted two young roughnecks in Jeff Pendergraph and Dante Cunningham.

    While the Trail Blazers spent the offseason addressing needs, the Rockets spent their summer vacation trying to hold their team together. Houston’s three leading scorers from 2008-09 were either injured (Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady) or playing for another team (Ron Artest) when their 2009-10 season opened in Portland.

    Both teams were ready to go, despite the amount of turnover both squads underwent in the offseason. The Blazers were eager to prove they had grown since being roughed up by Houston in the first round, while the Rockets sought to demonstrate they were still viable despite losing Ming, McGrady and Artest. Did either team succeed in their opening game goal? Maybe. Was either statement emphatic? Probably not.

    The Trail Blazers, despite turning the ball over 26 times, beat the Rockets 96-87 to get their first win of the season. It was also Portland’s ninth-straight home opening win.

    “I saw some good stuff,” said Nate McMillan after the game. “We did a good job of running our offense and defensively trying to control this team. Other than the turnovers, we fouled early – they marched to the free throw line there in the first quarter but after that we made our adjustments. I thought we kept them off the line. 26 turnovers, you aren’t going to win. This will probably be the last game we win with 26 turnovers. We had control of the game and we lost the ball and turned it over and they were able to create some points off of that.”

    Travis Outlaw came off the bench to lead all scorers with 23 points, which, according to ESPN, were the most points scored by a Portland reserve in a season opener since 1986-87.

    “I wanted to get him in at that 4 position,” said McMillan of Outlaw. “He had his shot going tonight. Defensively, I thought he did some good things – working hard on the defensive end of the floor playing the 3 and the 4.”

    Greg Oden score just two points, but added 12 rebounds and five blocks in a dominant defensive performance.
    “My shot wasn’t going in and I didn’t take too many shots, so hustle plays,” said Oden. “Everybody has to do their part out there and we need definitely need guys to make those hustle plays. I think I did that tonight.”

    The Rockets were lead by Aaron Brooks, who finished the night with 19 points, three rebounds and five assists.

    But the importance of this game went beyond the final result. It was the first game that featured Andre Miller as a Trail Blazer. His nine point, seven assists four rebound night in 26 minutes off the bench wasn’t the most spectacular debut in Portland history, but the addition of a game-changer at the point brought an end to years of questions at that position.

    “Andre’s a great player,” said Oden. “When you have a good player, the main thing is that they make the guys around him look better, make them look good. He definitely did that tonight and that’s part of the reason he’s here and he’s playing.”

    The 2009-10 opener was also the return of Martell Webster after missing all but five minutes of the 2008-09 season with a broken foot. Webster scored 14 points and grabbed two rebounds starting in place of Nicolas Batum, who was recovering from shoulder surgery.
     

    I remember this game very vividly. A lot of turnovers. Travis taking over. Team looking sloppy. No Bayless. I was happy with the win, but knew the play could be much, much better. It really set the tone for the early part of the season.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/05/2010 2:30 PM

    Casey's been swamped this offseason with everything from draft coverage to new GM's being announced so I helped him out with Game #10: Jerryd Bayless Comes To The Rescue

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     Being used sparingly can take its toll on the average NBA player, let alone a promising sophomore, who's accustomed to being his team's focal point from elementary school through college. With the free agent acquisition of fellow point guard Andre Miller and veteran Steve Blake already entrenched in Coach McMillan's rotation, the cards in the deck didn't look like they would be any different from his rookie campaign which saw 29 DNP-COACH'S DECISIONS. But opportunities find ways to present themselves when you stay prepared.

    One night after breaking an 11-game losing streak in Dallas and conjointly losing center Joel Przybilla for the season with a ruptured right patella, news broke shortly before tip-off that Brandon Roy would be absent with a sore left shoulder. The Trail Blazers would now only have nine players suited up, including two rookies and a NBADL call-up, to battle the veteran Spurs in San Antonio, a venue Portland had only won once in over the course of their past 12 attempts. Opportunity knocks. Jerryd Bayless answers.

    The saying goes, "If you allow an underdog to hang around the game long enough, they build confidence with each passing minute, making them much more difficult to dispose of." Surely the experienced Spurs wouldn't make this mistake, right? Wrong. Even the most battle-tested squads are prone to overlooking their opponents and in the NBA, any team can win on any given night. Just as any underdog should do, the Trail Blazers weathered the storm early on, taking everything San Antonio threw at him, and ended the first quarter up four, 28-24.
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    Do you agree with this game's placement on the list of Top 15 Most Important Games of the Season? As a group, we compiled the list and this one was a solid choice to make the cut, because it showed the character the team played with throughout the regular season and came away with one of the more unlikely victories in recent memory.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/12/2010 5:15 PM

    Up next is Game #9- A Bittersweet Return

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    October 26th, 2010. The date that should be ingrained into Trail Blazers' fans memories as the day which started a string of 311 games missed due to injury, second most in the league to Golden State and the most accrued by any team to appear in the 2010 NBA Playoffs. The injury bug bit 13 Blazers at one time or another over the course of the season only sparing Andre Miller and Martell Webster.

    October 26th, 2010 was the day it was announced that returning small forward, Nicolas Batum would miss the majority of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Many shrugged off the set-back, touting the depth of the team, mainly at small forward with veterans Travis Outlaw and Martell Webster more than capable of holding down the fort until Nic returned, and pointed out the team won 54 games the previous year without their returning starter (Webster) as ways to overcome the loss of Batum.

    Fast forward 121 days and 45 games later to January 25th, 2010. The Trail Blazers are 27-18 and only a mere 3 games back of the first place Nuggets and the Hornets are in the Rose City for their only appearance of the season, but things are quickly unraveling. Brandon Roy re-aggravates his pulled hamstring just five days earlier in Philadelphia and after the latest injury, the Trail Blazers only have eight players available for action three days later in Detroit to end a four-game Eastern swing. Portland ended up gutting out a 97-93 win at Detroit to salvage a split on the road trip, but it's becoming increasingly apparent that Portland needs a shot in the arm in the worst way. Insert Nicolas Batum.
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    What part of this game do you think was more important to the season and for the future of the franchise, the inability to close out leads late in games or getting an up and coming star at the small forward back and him actually improving over the course of the year, showing signs of potential stardom?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/17/2010 1:19 PM

    Game #8 was written by Aaron Grossman, also known as @AGDuck on Twitter-
    Bay Area Breakthrough-
     Some might say it was a long time coming for the Trail Blazers. Others may point to style of play as the foremost explanation for Portland’s woes on the East Bay. Whatever the case, the Trail Blazers finally broke through on this night – or at least when it counted.

    Trailing, 96-83, entering the fourth quarter, the game had all the makings of another track meet where Golden State left Portland in the dust. A 13-point deficit despite Brandon Roy's masterful play (38 points) in the first 36 minutes had to make Trail Blazers fans wonder if the hardwood at ORACLE Arena simply had their team running uphill.



    “It was one of those games where I was just hoopin’,’’ said Roy, who finished the contest with a game-high 41 points (14-22 FG). “That’s what I said to the guys on the bench: ‘This is one of those games where you just have to hoop.’ You know? Because (Golden State) makes it so funky.”
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    I still remember this game pretty vividly. Reggie Williams and Monta Ellis were lighting us up and we looked lethargic for the majority of the game to say the least. But for the second time this season, we completely shut down the Warriors for a large chunk of the game (1-2-10), this time in the 4th. What I remember most was Roy just keeping us afloat when the game looked like it was getting out of control. THAT is what superstar players do and I hope Roy will be able to do more of that this season.

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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 08/17/2010 2:36 PM

    For the negative thinking, 2010 has to be the year of the injuries, but if you want to think positive, 2010 was the year we broke a lot of streaks away from home. We finally broke through in Phoenix, Dallas, Golden State, Los Angeles, and more. Now, if we can knock off Houston, Utah, and Denver to go along with the other teams in 2011, we're set!
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/19/2010 11:58 AM

    Coming in at #7 is A Ringing Endorsement-
     Playing a full 82 game NBA season is physically and mentally exhausting enough. Players must travel constantly, arrive in random cities at all hours of the night, only see their families sporadically for the majority of the year, and on top of it all there's the physical beating each athlete takes daily either in practice or in game situations. And that would be considered an ideal season. The 2010 Trail Blazers endured much more challenges than the average hustle and bustle of everyday NBA life. Every time things started to look like they were turning around, Portland was hit hard with another setback. Much like the Oregon weather, adversity was seemingly raining down upon the entire organization.

    Just one day after an exhilarating late-minute victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles, more misfortune struck the franchise as it was announced that Brandon Roy's knee injury was much more severe than originally believed. After banging knees with Lakers forward Ron Artest in the second quarter, Roy left the court shortly afterward and never returned. What was hoped to be only a minor sprain was revealed as a torn meniscus.

    With rival Oklahoma City in town, win no. 50 hanging in the balance and playoff tie-breakers all on the line, the rest of the team now had to try and focus on the task at hand after finding out just one hour before tip-off that their captain may be out for the rest of the season. Portland had taken punch after punch only to get back up ready to fight even harder, but would this blow ultimately be the knockout punch?
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    What do you think was the most important aspect of this game? It could have gone multiple ways in terms of importance. I mean we won 50 games in back-to-back season for the first time in 9 years, avoided the 8th seed, and continued to win with our backs against the wall. In the end, I thought nothing was more vital than the crowd chanting Camby's name. In my opinion, it was what ultimately pushed Camby over the edge into signing with us. And now we have one of the best backup big men in all of the NBA for two years.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/27/2010 11:50 AM

    At #6 is End Of An Era-
     Taking part in an 82-game season provides NBA players with a plethora of opportunities to witness every memorable aspect the game of basketball has to offer, from fights to miraculous comebacks. And even in a season where the 2009-2010 Trail Blazers ostensibly saw it all, the date November 14th, 2009 will not soon be forgotten. Call it bizarre, strange, kooky or peculiar, this seemingly routine pit stop in Charlotte had it all wrapped into one 48-minute smorgasbord. Even from the beginning, there was foreboding signs which pointed to an adventurous evening in North Carolina.

    "He had been complaining about his foot for a couple of games now," Roy said of his best friend. "So I was like, 'Trav, you sure you don't have a stress fracture?'"

    Along with Outlaw’s complaints of an injured foot, reserve guard Jerryd Bayless was scratched from the lineup just one hour before tip-off. While nonchalantly leaving the court after taking part in shoot-around, he exited through a poorly lit tunnel only to roll his ankle on a step hidden by carpet. His ankle was dinged up bad enough that team strength and conditioning coach, Bobby Medina and Rudy Fernandez had to carry him back to the locker room.
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    Hard to believe that this was the last memory of Travis Outlaw on the basketball court for the Trail Blazers. For a player always finishing the games for Portland, it was a little ironic that the injury occurred in the beginning. Just a weird night in general. Bayless' freak accident, the fight, and the crazy runs by both team had this game high up on the list. I still think that losing Outlaw was the most important aspect of this game. Do you all agree or disagree with that sentiment?
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  1. Hopman27
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    Posted 08/27/2010 9:32 PM

    I can't recall all games.  School keeps me pretty busy, so I don't know if I remember watching Travis go out.
    Either way, he will be missed.  T.O., you were my fave player... until Oden came along.  Even though Batum is now my second fave player, no one can replace the energy you gave us.  Peace, Outlaw.  Best of luck with the New Jersey Nets. 
    Since this is the "End of an Era", I wonder what era we're entering?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/01/2010 12:32 PM

    #5- Big Win Comes At A Big Price
     The bright lights of a sold out arena, a primetime, national television audience watching your every step, cameras flashing spasmodically and celebrities sitting courtside more famous than many of the players on the court, this is all a part of the Staples Center aura. Playing in the limelight elevates some to their absolute pinnacle while, at the same time, crushes the confidence in others.

    For the Trail Blazers, playing under a microscope of the NBA’s watchful eye has gotten the better of them since ascending as to one of the league’s up-and-coming teams. No one will ever forget the 20 point drubbing at the hands of the Lakers on opening night 2009 or the humiliating 108-81 defeat suffered against the Rockets in their first playoff game in six years. But April 11th, 2010 would offer up the Trail Blazers a shot at redemption as the matchup between the bitter rivals would be featured in the NBA Sunday Showcase on ABC, the first time Portland had played a nationally televised game on ABC since 2003.

    After their attempt to sweep the season series with the Mavericks fell short just two days earlier, the Trail Blazers found themselves in an unenviable position: defeat the Lakers in Los Angeles or fall an entire game behind the Spurs for the 8th seed, meaning a first round date with said Lakers. But the Trail Blazers seemed to be clicking at the right time, winning 16 of their 23 contests since acquiring Marcus Camby, and were as healthy as they were going to get for the rest of the season. Just when the cloudy skies appeared to be opening up in favor of the rays of sunshine, the thunderstorm known as the 2010-11 season quickly unleashed a downpour of misfortune at the 4:05 mark of the first quarter.
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    The epitome of bittersweet. I loved beating the Lakers in Staples in front of a nationally televised audience, but losing Roy was not worth the cost. I really felt like we could have taken the Mavericks or Suns had we had a healthy Roy in the playoffs and just a routine defensive possession cost him a torn meniscus.

    On the bight side, I don't think there will be many finishes more wacky than that one. Marty went from hero to goat then back to hero in a matter of seconds. Kobe and Fisher choking at the foul line, the outrageous one-legged 3 point attempts...simply insane. What will you remember most from that game 5 years from now?
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  1. FamousRoy
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    Posted 09/01/2010 2:23 PM

    I remember my feet sweating at the end of game #5 against the Lakers.  I still can't believe Martell hit the pressure free throws and Kobe and Fisher did not.  This was definitely one of the most important regular season games for the Blazers; it was late in the season, and with the Blazers, Thunder, and Spurs all tightly jammed in seeds 6-8, every win was crucial.  The win against the Lakers without Roy was, I'm sure, a morale booster for the younger Blazers.  They knew they could still have a shot against good teams without their all-star guard.  This win helped us earn the 6 seed so we could play Phoenix, which I was very happy about.  Of all the other teams that were seeds 1-5,  I think we had the most chance of beating the Suns.  We've proven in the past that we can handle them, but they certainly got the best of us in the playoffs.  That's why I can't wait for the season opener, baby!
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  1. Hopman27
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    Posted 09/01/2010 5:53 PM

    So here's recap: We beat L.A.  Without Roy.  L.A. had everyone.  We beat them AT L.A.  What does all this mean?  It means Laker fans don't know what they're saying when they say they could beat us easily, because that sure wasn't the case that day.  And those Laker fans shouldn't bother coming up with excuses such as: "Oh, we would have been number 1 anyways, so why try?  We are just being smart and not pushing hard."
    Dang, I wonder what game 4, 3, 2, and 1 are.  I get a gut feeling the game on 12-5 is involved.  I'll never forget that day.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/08/2010 5:50 PM

    Game #4- A Big Arrival
     The trade deadline offers up an array of options for NBA teams in the middle of February. While some seize the opportunity to find the missing link or patch up holes accumulated throughout the season, others try to shed salary or filter out the bad apples in hopes of greener pastures the following season.

    Approaching the 2010 trade deadline, the Los Angeles Clippers owned a 21-31 record and postseason dreams became just that, dreams. Combined with the fact their center Marcus Camby could leave at the end of the season, the realization of getting something positive in return was too enticing to turn down for Mike Dunleavy, then the Clippers General Manger, when Kevin Pritchard came calling. Portland’s need for improvement at the center position in the anticipation of the upcoming playoff push, compiled with Los Angeles’ desire to add to the bottom line was a match made in heaven when the expiring contracts of Travis Outlaw and Steve Blake, along with 1.5 million in cash were offered up for the services of Camby.

    Being traded is never an easy transition for an NBA player. Saying goodbye to former friends and teammates while wondering how their new ones will welcome them in, adjusting to an entirely different playing system, and learning how to navigate a new city are all part of the job description. But imagine being a family man and having to either uproot your better half and children or, in Camby’s case, be away from them for the rest of the season. So, one could only imagine what went through Marcus’ head when he found out about his new destination at a team dinner the night before he was set to play the Trail Blazers.

    "I only brought one change of clothes," said Camby back in February. "It's been a real rough, rough 24 hours for me, but real exciting at the same time….I think it's a great situation for myself. It's a first-class organization that really takes care of their own. I hope I can bring my knowledge of the game, and blend in these last 27 games. I'm really excited to be here."
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    Anyone noticing a trend here? Everything seems to come at a price last season. Although Roy didn't re-aggravate his hamstring too badly, it was a scary thought at the time thinking he'd be out for another month. In the end, maybe it was the best thing, because he learned how to focus more mentally on the game than worrying about re-injurying his hammy. The star of the night was Camby. I remember being torn, because Trav was my favorite Blazer since Clyde, but understanding how much we needed a big man and actually think we could take a playoff series this year, despite the setbacks. Also, I don't think there will be a weirder scenario for a player being traded. I mean, being at a team sponsored dinner and then finding out your being traded to the team in which you were supposed to play the next night? Crazy!
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    Posted 09/17/2010 11:10 AM

    We've finally hit the Top 3: #3 House of Horrors
    For reasons unexplainable, certain arenas around the NBA make life on the basketball court a living nightmare for the Portland Trail Blazers. And none have been more frightening than American Airlines Arena in Dallas where the Trail Blazers had lost 11 straight games, the longest such streak against any NBA opponent at the time, before they laced ‘em up on December 22nd, 2009. Portland, already down five men heading into the contest, seemed like they would need divine intervention to walk out of Dallas alive with a win.

    Just 17 days after losing starting center, Greg Oden for the season with a fractured patella, the Trail Blazers looked as if they had finally awaken from their state of shock by winning three of their last four heading into the matchup with Dallas. But falling in line with the story of the season, things wouldn’t be rosy for long. And with 3:12 left in the first quarter, Portland’s season went from unfortunate to downright disastrous. With the score tied at nine, Steve Blake drove the lane and tossed up a running floater which caromed off the rim. As he’s done his entire career, Joel Przybilla attacked the offensive glass but ended up landing on his right leg violently, causing him to suffer a ruptured right patellar tendon and patella dislocation.

    “I knew it was pretty severe when it happened,” said Przybilla, who was surprisingly upbeat after the game. “My leg was stuck in a funny position. It really didn’t hurt, but I could tell something wasn’t right.”

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    Losing Greg was tough enough, but I think when we lost Joel was the real low point of the season. At that moment, I wasn't even sure we had the horses to get into the playoffs, but we found a way, some way to do so.  But, in the end, everyone realized they had to step up and contribute more so than their regular roles. I really hope the experience of last season can be a positive and carry over into this one.
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    Posted 10/12/2010 2:45 PM

    After a little delay (My apologies), #2: Miller's Time has arrived
    Despite the constant change in personnel year in and year out, there will always come a point in every team’s season where they are stuck at a crossroads; a defining moment that will characterize the makeup of the squad. For the Trail Blazers, their January 30th matchup against the Mavericks in Dallas provided that scenario.

    Portland was reeling, losers of three straight and in danger of falling behind in the jam-packed Western Conference where just one loss separated sixth place from twelfth. If the task at hand wasn’t daunting enough, they encountered this turning point without their leader, Brandon Roy, who re-aggravated a hamstring injury 10 days earlier.

    In the three games where Portland lost a teammate to a long-term injury (Outlaw, Oden, Przybilla), it was Roy who came to his team’s rescue by leading them in scoring and guaranteeing no other result but a win, including the amazing game winner against Houston. But facing adversity was nothing new to this team and the Trail Blazers have pulled their own magic act a time or two, defeating the likes of Orlando and San Antonio sans Roy. Although every person with a vested interest in the team thought they had seen it all through 48 games, no one could have been prepared for what was about to go down in Dallas.

    Throughout his 11-year NBA career, Andre Miller has been synonymous with court vision, leading the league in assists in 2002 (10.9 apg) and durability, currently holding the NBA’s active Iron Man title, playing in 612 consecutive games. But scoring? No, that’s not Dre’s mindset. Even on nights where he’s got the hot hand, all Andre wants to do is look to get others involved. Yet, on this night, it took a little extra “encouragement” from his teammates to ensure one of the greatest single-game performances in franchise history took place.

    "And the thing about it is, he wasn't trying to score after a while, he was trying to pass," Aldridge said. "We were trying to force him to shoot it. He was trying to run plays for us, but we were like, no, you are killing them. But that's him, he's unselfish."
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    For those of you who watched it live, was that not the most improbable performance in recent Trail Blazers history? First off, I didn't expect to win in Dallas once, let alone twice in one year after they had their way with us in 09. Secondly, we were without both centers, Camby hadn't came for help yet, and to top it all off, B-Roy was out for the contest as well. Winning the game was crazy enough but 52 from Dre? Not even in my wildest dreams. It truly was one for the ages and I'm glad I was able to witness it live( on television at least).
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