Trail Blazers vs. Rockets Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/01/2011 3:02 PM

    What the biggest key to victory?
    Containing Brooks (2)
    Keeping Scola off of the glass (1)
    Establishing LA down low (19)
    Pushing tempo (7)
    Bench production (11)

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Portland looks for their 8th straight home win. And at 11-3, the Trail Blazers hold the NBA's 5th best home record, something we desperately strived to achieve after last season's sub-par home record. Not only is this a home game but very important for playoff implications. Both teams have 16 losses but Portland has one extra win. This win would give the Trail Blazers extra cushion for the fight for 8th and a jump start on those all important tie-breakers.

    Key to the game is stopping Aaron Brooks. Ever since he became the starter in Houston, we have had fits trying to bottle him up. We must stop him from penetrating and kicking it out to his shooters, Scola, Martin, and Battier. If we can contain Brooks, keep Scola off the offensive glass, and get LA going, it should be 8 in a row at home. Also of note, Chuck Hayes, an undersized but elite post defender is hurt and will be out 2-4 weeks.
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  1. Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 01/01/2011 7:23 PM

    This game was at home?  Oh that makes me feel much better.

    Put WM on Brookes.  He was able to stop Deron Williams two times in a row (not from scoring but from passing).

    I voted for getting LMA established and pushing tempo (since I can only choose one, I think I picked picking up tempo).  If we can get LMA to abuse Scola and make Adelman focus on the defensive end with Scola, that'll make life easier on the defensive end for LaMarcus and Camby.

    I say win the rebound battle and keep the entire team involved and look to run.  I expect a Blazers victory.  The Rockets will be hungry, so the Blazers need the extra energy.  Crowd needs to get into it early.  It may be a new year, but REMEMBER 2009!!!
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  1. blazersforlife234
    Posts: 347

    Posted 01/01/2011 7:28 PM

    you mean 2010? or really 2009.. lol.
    I am a fan of winning.
  1. blazersforlife234
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    Posted 01/01/2011 7:28 PM

    you mean 2010? or really 2009.. lol.
    I am a fan of winning.
  1. Herr
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    Posted 01/01/2011 8:34 PM

    2009 we got cheated out of the playoffs by the refs while facing these rockets.
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  1. Jason Prentice
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    Posted 01/01/2011 9:19 PM

    The Rockets are a changed team, they dont have Yao or T-mac anymore, those were there only real power house.
    I believe we have a great chance of winning this game, as long as we establish Aldridge down low.
    I am a fan of WINNING
  1. Ryan
    Posts: 33

    Posted 01/02/2011 12:57 AM

    Not that this really has much to do with the game, but I was at the UO game tonight (last game at the Pit) and Aaron Brooks showed up and received a couple standing ovations from the audience.
    The game was against Arizona State and I also noticed Jeff Pendergraph sitting behind the ASU bench. I swear it looked like McMillan was sitting next to him, but I'm not certain.
    Anyway, cool night. Ducks lost, but it was a close game and came down to the last few seconds.

    I picked bench production as the key.
    Go Blazers!
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 01/02/2011 2:57 AM

    Chase Budinger is coming off a big game against the Raptors. Can't give up any gimmies, and try and keep the Rockets shooting off balance shots.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. malfidog
    Posts: 41

    Posted 01/02/2011 7:05 AM

    Rockets have a good shooting team, so id keep an eye on the shooters, brooks,martin,etc. I will be at the game for once, only because of what happened back in 08-09. Anybody going?
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  1. daddylogan
    Posts: 188

    Posted 01/02/2011 9:32 AM

    All these are great keys to winning, but to me if we get LA going down low, that opens up the rest of our game and makes it so much easier for our boys to knock down the short range jumpers!

    peace out,
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/02/2011 12:02 PM

    Trail Blazers will have to do it again without the services of Joel Przybilla, who did not practice and won't play tonight
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  1. RedRudy5
    Posts: 135

    Posted 01/02/2011 12:44 PM

    If they play as a team- like they have the last home games they will be ok!
    I am a fan of Turning this season around! Time to show some pride!!
  1. lucy8u
    Posts: 18

    Posted 01/02/2011 3:21 PM

    Jazz hands!
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  1. PersianBoi
    Posts: 49

    Posted 01/02/2011 3:22 PM

    when LA scores big, we always win(except Dallas).  we need him to be effective scoring and on the glass
    I am a fan of winning games on the road with Patty's threes
  1. Kingfisher
    Posts: 64

    Posted 01/03/2011 1:21 AM

    Posted By lucy8u on 01/02/2011 3:21 PM
    Jazz hands!

    Not only does Patty wear three goggles, he now has a career best 5 steals; now that's what I call  a set of Jazz hands...
  1. Jason Anderson
    Jason Anderson
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    Posted 01/03/2011 8:34 AM

    I went to this game last night, and it was my first NBA game.  I'm definitely hooked.  I have a question about music I need help with.  What is the song they play during game play that is just an instrumental and it's just base.  It kinda goes, boom, boom, boom, boom-boom-boom, boom, boom.  Don't know how else to describe it.  
  1. B-Lazer
    Posts: 37

    Posted 01/03/2011 10:23 AM

    Cool first NBA game. Hope to attend a game one day.
    I am a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.
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