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  1. Nana503
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    Posted 04/28/2009 3:11 PM

    If the BLazers can beat the Lakers they can beat the Rockets like it nothing.
    I am a fan of The Trail Blazers
  1. N.Campbell.87
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    Posted 04/28/2009 3:55 PM

    Yes they can. And if you look at this series as a Lakers fan... If Houston wins, your breathing a sigh of relief.
    I am a fan of my starting 5 getting the job done.(Roy,Pryz, Rudy, L.A., Blake)
  1. bsmith3
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    Posted 04/28/2009 9:48 PM

    Yes! I'm a Blazer's fan for sure, but coming from a fan of another team's perspective, I would rather watch Portland play LA than Houston. The Rockets won't even touch Kobe.
    I am a fan of LAs mid-range jumpers
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/28/2009 10:24 PM

    LOL, I just read the box score and Blake was tied for leading rebounder and Przybilla was the leader in assists on the team! Not every day that happens.
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 04/28/2009 10:29 PM

    When Joel starts hitting the 3 pointer, and Blake starts dunking on people, the Blazers will be unstoppable!
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. N.Campbell.87
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    Posted 04/28/2009 11:43 PM

    I think Pryzbilla and Oden should take a few Jumpers here and there. Keep Houston on their Toes. Pryz for Three would be awesome.
    I am a fan of my starting 5 getting the job done.(Roy,Pryz, Rudy, L.A., Blake)
  1. br_hill45
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    Posted 04/29/2009 10:35 AM

    Any chance that they're going to open the Rose Garden for Thursday's game to let the fans in and watch? Wouldn't it be a great energizing boost for the team to know they're fans are in the Rose Garden cheering them on??!
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/29/2009 11:21 AM

    I know they had talked about doing that earlier in the season, I think it was for opening night against LA. I think it would be an awesome thing. Like Larry Miller was saying they could do a thing where you bring two cans of food to donate to the Oregon Food Bank and get in for free. They could do so many things and make it an awesome opportunity. For the lower levels they could put some movie screens around center court so the lower levels don't have to look up at the jumbo-tron. I think with what Portland has accomplished this year, with this possibly being their last game of the season, I think they should. But I haven't heard the talk about it since October.
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. Dman
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    Posted 04/29/2009 11:23 AM

    They can win in Houston, but it will take an even better effort, especially on the rebounding side, to do it. And we can't have those insanely stupid turnovers that Roy has been dishing out.
    I am a fan of Since 1969 when the NBA awarded Portland the franchise.
  1. Kim~
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    Posted 04/29/2009 1:10 PM

    On to Houston....

    Lets Go Blazers !!!!!!
    I am a fan of scrapping !
  1. SithLord13
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    Posted 04/29/2009 2:11 PM

    On regular basis we would have won the series by now. Most of the fouls on Yao aren't called but in the playoffs the refs seem to be trying harder. We don't have the inside game to compete with them as long as Scola is helping so much. That's our biggest weakness. Lakers aren't really problem for us. Healthy Bynum is a big issue but the remaining players are worse than ours on defense. We have the fast and tough game which they can't handle easily. If we win the series against Rockets (3rd time is the charm in Houston?) we might get an 'upset' over the Lakers. They don't have a chance in Rip City but we aren't as good on the road, still I see us stealing a game in LA. 4-2 would be nice before the conference finals :)
    I am a fan of the Rip City, where amazing will happen in 2012
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/29/2009 11:01 PM

    Unfortunately, I don't think the LA series will go that way. I feel like the league has the NBA Finals written in stone and they have pencilled in the other rounds. The only thing they absolutely need is LA in the Finals against whoever they picked (Cleveland or Boston). I just don't see it happening for us this year. I hope I am wrong and I am going to cheer Rip City the whole way, I just think there is a lot more to it than just who plays a better game. I think we could earn game 6 in Houston, take the series back here and possibly take the series against Houston. I don't think it was the NBA's plan, but I think we can play above the officials like we did in game 5, but they want LA to be rested for the Finals, just like they wanted a rested Laker team for round 2. Again, I hope I'm wrong, GO BLAZERS!
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. skwilliams454
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    Posted 04/29/2009 11:21 PM

    What's up with that?

    1. What's up with all this discussion about beating the Rockets on the road in game 6? Have the fans in Portland lost all sense of reality?

    2. What's up with fans in Portland already looking forward to and making predictions about a possible series against LA? Do Portland fans realize that the only series they can look forward to against LA will be next season's reagular season series?

    Your team does have heart but there is no doubt in my mind that Portland will get ripped in Houston during game 6 at the Toyota Center. Yeah, I'm a Rockets fan from Houston who has dared to cross over enemy lines. I was quite surprised to read the over-confidence of Portland fans who overlook the fact that you need to beat Houston two more times in order to advance. We have a saying here in Texas, "That Dog Don't Hunt!!"

    Sounds more to me like the Portland fan needs to start preparing to meet the Trailblazers at the airport when the Rockets send them "blazing" back home. Take my advice: you can start preparing to lick your wounds now and face reality, or wait until you see the Rockets celebrating a round 1 victory following game 6.

    One Brave Rockets fan speaking the truth,

    GO ROCKETS!!
    SKW454
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 04/30/2009 12:10 AM

    The reality that you talk about, is that the Rockets play better without T-Mac. And the only thing that Portland fans prepare for, is a bunch more rain. Also, I really don't understand the meaning of "ripped in Houston". Do you folks down there eat lots of spicy hot wings, and have bad gas or something?
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/30/2009 1:28 AM

    I would bet that him, mclelland and all the other rabble rousers are in kahootz. That's right, I dropped old man lingo on his Texas ARS! Listen Houston, what you don't realize is that...
    1. So what, how many years in a row haven't you made it out of the first round? I guaratee Portland only makes it ONE, IF they lose this year. So who cares that much other than you? Sure we have hopes, but it wouldn't shatter our dreams because our future is a heck of a lot brighter than yours. Your Rockets, if they pull this out, get swept in round 2, MAYBE go 1-4, MAYBE. Be proud. Our season's goal was already reached, how about yours? It's in jeopardy, I'm not nervous, we're not nervous, because we have nothing to lose. How about you?

    2. Did you not see Yao puffing wind during game 5. If I were you, I'd be nervous with all my players gassing like they have just run the Boston marathon.

    3. Your "home court advantage" is only worth what the officials allow since your fans, suck. You're lame, you have a couple real fans who yell and cheer, a couple morons (like you) who jeer the opposing team instead of cheering your own, and the rest of the "fans" got their tickets for 20 bucks off a buddy at work who wanted to watch American Idol instead (Can't miss it, it's the RESULTS SHOW!)

    Now I hope you are able to read this and I didn't just waste my time writing it. Darn those public schools in Texas. You can thank G.W. Bush for that one.
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. skwilliams454
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    Posted 04/30/2009 2:56 AM

    Let's get a couple things straight Tobyus and RipCityRevival...

    First of all, let me be the first to congratulate your Portland Trailblazers for having already achieved your goals for the season as stated by RipCityRevival. Considering the last time the Blazers even touched an NBA title was well over 30 years ago, and you failed to repeat with an NBA title despite having one of Houston's own on your team for years, I can certainly understand why your goals are set so low. I can also understand that the years of watching Michael Jordan rack up championships with Chicago after your team passed him up in the draft for Sam Bowie, you guys must have developed a taste and acceptance for falling short season after season. You are right though. In Houston the fans nor the players will be satisfied with a round one loss especially to the Blazers, a team that we really should have closed the door on already. Nevertheless, this will happen in Game 6 so I guess you've confirmed for me that Portland fans will be not only be waiting at airport but planning a party after the loss. You say your team has nothing to loose... where's the spirit? It this what you call a "brighter" future? Are you serious or actually involved in some B.F. Skinner operant conditioning to failure experiment?

    With respects to Yao in game 5, you can have that as a testament to all of the 7-footers he has to contend with on your team. By the way, which one of your 7-footers played 40 minutes as Yao did? Does a tired Yao say anything about Portland starters hitting just better than 50 percent from the floor? Perhaps a tired Yao contributed to your bench shooting less than 30 percent? Given your level of production, even a tired Yao can be quite effective against the Blazers.

    The home court advantage is what it is. It's the advantage that Portland owned first and the Rockets took it away on the first game. I won't even respond to your comment about Texas public schools and George Bush because our schools are fine and Bush, well he's retired in case you did not know. While you're talking about literacy, why don't you help Tobyus comprehend my statement of Portland getting "ripped in Houston".

    By the way, you seem to know our fan base pretty well. Prehaps you'd like to be one too.

    GO ROCKETS!!!! rip into portland
    SKW454
  1. SithLord13
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    Posted 04/30/2009 2:58 AM

    It's one thing to be confident, and another to be realistic. Looking at the games so far I don't see anyway that Rockets game is out of the reach. Granted we were terrible in the 1st game but that's more of Rocket's luck than anything else. Yao played great but expecting a similar performance from Artest is very unlikely. It was a one time thing which he couldn't repeat in the next 4 games. We could have won the series 4-1 by now if we were a little luckier. Of course I'm not saying we deserve to get a 4-1 result but all I'm saying is that it's possible. This season we played quite easily against Houston on the road. We just couldn't find the edge, which I think we'll handle in the 6th game. Unlike Houston we have more weapons, if Yao is not performing than there's no way Houston can compete against any team in this league. We have a similar situation with Roy but not as much as Houston with Yao. Outlaw, LMA, Rudy, Oden (of course occasionally) have shown multiple times that they are forces to reckon with. Hopefully they'll show once again in the 6th game.

    No matter the result we have the most exciting team IMO. Wait for us to dominate NBA in the near future.
    I am a fan of the Rip City, where amazing will happen in 2012
  1. jada
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    Posted 04/30/2009 8:44 AM

    We know your fan base so well, because so many of you seem to have jumped your sinking ship and joined our message board. After all you now belong to " I am a Trailblazer Fan club " and all your emails are signed at the bottom,
    Thank you, I Am A Trail Blazers Fan .

    Have a great day & soooooooooo Sorry for your loss tonight.
    I am a fan of Just Believe Blazer Magic Rip City Ressurection !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/30/2009 9:32 AM

    Yeah your public shools are fine, in relation to what, the ones across the Rio Grande? I can tell they're working great judging by all the Redneck Hate Crimes still going on. Way to go, be proud. It has been interesting watching your Houston team deteriorate over the series while our team has started catching their stride. Look, honestly, tonight could go either way. We have the youngest team in the NBA, one of the youngest teams in NBA history and we are the most successful team in NBA history with a comparable age. Wow, that tells me that there IS a brighter future than your team that has ONE aging superstar and a bunch of journeymen. This is your team's last chance at a championship, and your only goal is to get out of the first round. Wow, that goal isn't a whole lot loftier than ours. After 6 years of NOT making the playoffs, my bet would be Houston would probably ditch the team and sell it to Kansas City, but of the few that would still be around they would be happy with making the playoffs too! If you want to bring up the Houston teams of old, let's take a look at it. You had to load up basically an NBA All-Time roster in order to do it. You won't, you can't make it out of the second round, you can't even make it competitive. So your team's goal is to just do better than last year. Well great, but your team isn't going to have the growth over the summer that ours will because most of your players are MAXED out this year. The only one who will get any better is Brooks and guess which team he is a fan of when he isn't playing against them....hmmmm, let's think about that? Talk smack fine, but just understand that coming from a LAKER HATER, Houston will get OWNED if they make to the second round. Your candy apple red arses will be calling Kobe Daddy when all is said and done. You guys will feel so violated you too will want to press charges against the Black Mamba. That is, IF your team has enough in the tank to keep up tonight. Oh, yeah, sorry to hear about Wafer's back. Bad things always happen to such good people. Maybe next time he will think twice about trying to pack it against a 7 footer. He's not that good.
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. PTBunitd
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    Posted 04/30/2009 9:37 AM

    I live in Tx, as i have said before...

    Yes Bush is dumb, but you can't deny our public education system is just straight up retarded.

    "Hey, i wanna be a chef... wait.. what? i have to take english, math, history, AND science anyway? i have to waste 2 years to get "core" studies out of the way? i have to pass the TAKS test?"

    nah dude, you must be an old one, cause anyone who has any idea of what school has been like here, knows TX education is plain pointless.

    Ohhhh yeah, lets not forget the fact that we HAVE to have credits in a foreign language to move on. I guarantee people who take those foreign language classes, dont remember squat from them. How do i know? i have 5 friends who were in the 4th installment of Spanish, and still cant hold a conversation with a spanish speaking person.

    TX sucks, their fans join other teams fan forums, lol. I think thats all that is needed.

    Get on your knees and pray Roy and the rest of the Blazers dont destroy your pitiful season.

    one more thing.. i recall Portland going from out of contention to number 4, ahead of your rockets who were number 2 and dropped to 5. Portland is due to win a game in Houston, and Houston loves dropping out in the first round.

    "Houston.. we have a problem."
    I am a fan of go ahead and close off the paint, we'll still destroy you from the perimeter.
  1. skwilliams454
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    Posted 04/30/2009 2:55 PM

    I only responded to what was placed before me. However, if you guys want to discuss politics and education, I'd be happy to continue a debate on those subject on some other discussion board. This one is for sports, purely my only interest for crossing over the line.

    I have said just about all I'm going to say on those off-the-game topics. What I find very interesting is that everyone here seems to be in agreement with the comments that Portland will not be disappointed when they get knocked out of the playoffs. The attitude is almost like you expect to get knocked out and even if you advance, you'll be okay with LA beating you, just so long as Portland wins at least one game. Again, the expectations you set for your team are low. None of you had problems with those statements being made by one of your own.

    As long as my team is in the playoffs, we can not only advance to the next round, but to win a championship. At any rate, I wish the city of Portland nothing but success. I look forward to Game 6 and a spirited discussion afterwards, all of course in fun.

    Please... spare me the comments about Texas culture vs. Oregon--I've been in both places and neither is perfect. Keep it on basketball... that's what we are here for so here are my predictions:

    With coach having used the game 5 performance as a teachable moment, I expect to see this reflected in a different and better performance from Aaron Brooks . Clearly, his sub-par game 5 was one of the keys to the Trailblazers staving off closure. I look for Brooks to get off to a quick start by getting his teammates great looks at the basket with increased ball movement and rotation. As such, I look for Lowry, Landry and Battier to be benefactors of a more focused Brooks.
    Additionally, with Wafer out with back problems, this gives the Rockets the opportunity to put veteran experience on the floor in Brent Barry. I expect the Barry bring leadership to the floor and to match the outside shooting of Blake from the Blazers. Considering Barry's limited play thus far I expect he will be a huge X factor of the game; his presence I expect will also pick up the production of Artest and Yao. Artest will give the Rockets 15, and the Blazers will offer defense but not enough to hold Yao from his average 19.

    KEYS TO THE GAME: The difference will be play generated from other players (Lowry, Landry, Battier) due to a focused Brooks and the veteran presence of Barry on the floor. Scola will be Scola--he's going to get his any day of the week.

    Go Rockets! beat portland

    SKW454
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 04/30/2009 3:46 PM

    Hey, I respect that post. You are more than welcome to post well thought out, organized arguments like that anytime and we would be happy to debate. The arrogance in your earlier posts overwhelmed the subject matter. This was much more appropriate. I agree about Brooks, you also have to suspect that our coach will expect that to be the case. As far as our expectations, they would be much different if we had a team of veterans who had been to the Playoffs SEVERAL times before. We understand there is a learning curve so we are okay with our team. Next year we will expect them to get to the Conference Finals. This year is a learning experience. Your team should have known better and taken advantage of this young Blazer team early on and swept. That didn't happen. Now the Blazers are back in it and are catching their stride. I think tonight will be a battle, and I personally think Portland comes out on top because I don't think there is enough gas in Yao's tank. I also think that the comments Ron Ron made about Roy's defense will challenge Roy to step it up on the defensive end. It will be a battle, either way, which ever team wins will have had to earn it.
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. jada
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    Posted 04/30/2009 5:48 PM

    JUST BELIEVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RIP CITY RESSURECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Hey,

    My opinion , I don't care how Yao Ming plays tonight, I think at this point it doesn't really matter ! The last game # 5 I saw something from this team that reminded me of another young Blazer team, I saw a FEW yrs. ago , that took the whole thing on their 1st playoff apperance. . They found their Heart. They played as 1 Heart - 1 Team - that WON"T be denied and CAN"T be DENIED. When your in that mode & have that magic just believe and you will achive. Guess what THEY have that MAGIC. Prediction " PORTLNAD IN 7 "
    I am a fan of Just Believe Blazer Magic Rip City Ressurection !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  1. skwilliams454
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    Posted 04/30/2009 5:55 PM

    Well put RipCity with all respect due.

    By the same measure Portland has taken given the youth and inexperience of the players, Houston make the same case. Our star player McGrady only played 35 games this season. When he went out, it was both a curse and a blessing. Up until that moment, the team was struggling to play together... we had depth on the bench and players were not comfortable partly because they were unsure who would be on the floor. Once McGrady got out of the way, the younger players found a rhythm and produced tremendously well above expecations without McGrady. It will be interesting to see how this plays out next year... McGrady now gets booed at home after his interview where he made a predication against Houston--thats a another story.

    I think you are absolutely correct in stating that a win tonight, either way, will be one that is earned. Everyone knows that the 4 and 5 spots in the brackets are pretty evenly matched and at anytime there is the potential the series can go either way. The best chance for winning will be in the first quarter. In this series, the team coming from behind in the first has not been able to swing the momentum. You would think that home court would have a little advantage, but both teams have shown neither can totally dominate the other. Both rosters are filled with youth and inexperience so it will all come down to whichever team wants it more.

    In the big scheme of things, my "arrogance" in other posts was intentional to generate excitement and discussion between fans of the two contending cities. What I did not expect nor want to come out of the wood works were all of the off-topic comments that ends up being a proliferation of ignorance and disrespect. There is obvious passion of fans on both sides for their respective team. However, discussions can be organized as such that they make on-point arguments and counterarguments since this is what we all expect to read, analyze and respond to accordingly.

    Hopefully, the moderators of your fan site and my fan site will read these exchanges, see a benefit, and find some way through technology to integrate discussion forums between fans of opposing teams. This gives the opportunity for more realistic discussion beyond the 'hooping and hollering" of things like my team/city/state is better than yours. Surely, from the many posts I have read it is obvious that fans have something to offer; their perspectives can be just as entertaining and competitive as the game itself.


    SKW454
  1. skwilliams454
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    Posted 04/30/2009 9:07 PM

    With a tremendous showing, the Houston Rockets brought all of the intensity that Portland was lacking. As it turns out, key play from Yao, Artest and Scola in the end was too much for Portland to overcome. For the Blazers in Game 6, Aldridge and Roy accounted for about 50 percent of the total offense. The rest of the team simply did not perform--their youth really showed tonight. Following this dominating closeout win against the Blazers, I now take my discussion in support of the Rockets on to the fan site of the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Thank you Portland fans for allowing me to participate briefly. I look forward to continuing discussions next season and perhaps again in the playoffs.

    Cheers,
    SKW454

    GO ROCKETS!
  1. dave morris
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    Posted 04/30/2009 9:18 PM

    This game was lost simply because no matter how hard two players try the cant carry a whole team on their shoulders. Roy and Aldridge are the only players who were actually trying to win tonight. Blake couldnt make a basket at all. Outlaw needs to get traded off. I cant figure out why it to mcmillian so long to finally put Batum in there. I am really ashamed at this point to be a blazers fan. I cant even understand how we can beat some of the best teams in the league with ease. Butwe cant beat the houston rockets? Are you kidding me? This should have been a cake walk. Instead it was a disaster.
  1. bmaniac4life
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    Posted 04/30/2009 9:33 PM

    It wasn't that the team wasn't trying. It was their inexperience showing tonight; they couldn't make their shots and lost any confidence they had. It was sad to watch.

    I know most true Blazer fans won't have your same attitude. It was an awesome season, and next year we will dominate.

    I am a fan of our team/town spirit.
  1. skwilliams454
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    Posted 05/01/2009 8:26 AM

    One point you make is a good one as it extends upon my early comment about youth and experience. After thinking about it, the coaches too did not react timely to Portland's poor start. Perhaps they did believe "it was going to be a cakewalk" coming to Houston to take a Game 6. You have to wonder if you're a Portland fan whether staying with your starters and not going to your bench earlier would have made a difference. I think going to the bench early (even in a playoff game) is a tactic that has proved some success with other teams. Players on the sidelines can see things the starters cannot and often their play creates a surge, a spark of energy that gives their team a chance to win. Accordingly, it is reasonable to consider that Portland not only got out-played by Houston; they also got out-coached.
    Still, I have to give it up for B-Roy and Aldridge--those two came to play ball and they should be the most disappointed players on the team. B-Roy's step, cross-over, stepback jumper was a killer for Houston. With that type of quickness all he needed was a little help from at least two other players besides Aldridge.
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 05/01/2009 9:05 AM

    To his credit, nobody else had earned that opportunity to be on the floor. However, once you are down by 18 in the third quarter with your best crew, there is nothing to lose at that point and everyone will criticize you UNLESS you put in the questionable factors like Batum, like Bayless, and like Frye. Those guys have game, they didn't really get enough miutes to make anything happen, I think in Game 6 with your back against the wall, and things aren't looking to get any better, why not just try it. Then nobody could say "I told you so..." or "If only...." Especially with a contract coming up, especially with looking to make a deeper run next season. All these guys need Playoff experience, not just the first 7 on the rotation. Again, he put the team out that he thought gave Portland the best chance to win. So he did his job as a coach. I am just of the ilk that says there came a point of "why not" and if things get worse then ok, you pull them out again, but they need atleast 7 straight minutes.
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. Britt
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    Posted 05/01/2009 3:43 PM

    Quit being such as ass. Nobody really cares for your opinon. the people who are ashamed are the bandwagon fans, Love the Blazers when they win... Hate them when they lose.

    We wern't one of the worst teams in the playoffs this season, The Blazers were not the ones to get blown out by 58 points on their home floor, I belive that was Chris Pauls team-which would be the worst in the playoffs.

    I really don't care that we lost last night. I am PROUD of EVERYTHING the Blazers did this year.

    Beware "BlazersLickNuts" because were gunna fu(kin CREAM you next year.

    Duces.
  1. Mike McClelland
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    Posted 05/01/2009 7:59 PM

    You people trying to link me with the Blazer haters are idiots. It's like blaming the weatherman when it rains. You need to get over it. I want Portland to succeed more than anyone. I just know when it's NOT going to happen.

    http://iamatrailblazersfan.com/MessageBoardRoot/tabid/158/aff/3/aft/285/afv/topic/Default.aspx
  1. skwilliams454
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    Posted 05/01/2009 10:48 PM

    I'm really surprised this thread is still active. The game is history and so is the season. When I signed up for this site a few days ago, many posters expressed realistic expectations for the team, and the season. There is nothing really to be gained from calls for trades or any other action that will disrupt the foundation that Portland now has in place. The team has youth that has only been improved by now gaining playoff experience. No doubt, those young players will remember the series against the Rockets and it will be their driving force for future appearances in the playoffs and most certainly bring more excitement to regular season matchups against Houston. Perhaps all the chatter is just from some "driver bys" who pop in from time to time to rant and rave. However, if one player (like Kobe or King James) can be instrumental to a team being considered championship contenders, is would be an oversight for Portland fans to not see this in their own team with B-Roy. Surely he will need some help to get there but in reality, when you really look at it, he won't need that much more. I expect he will lead the team to at least a conference championship in coming years. This all comes from a Rockets fan who has been gracefully educated by participating in your fan discussions.
  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 05/03/2009 11:29 AM

    I wouldn't exactly call it graceful. LOL. You came in with six shooters blazing and we fired back with grenades and rocket launchers. Then when we all cooled down a bit it has been much smoother. It was kinda like throwing a rock into a pond, a big splash but it all smoothes out in time. But you have been a positive contribution since that first exchange.
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. skwilliams454
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    Posted 05/04/2009 8:36 PM

    When I was a kid growing up in Alabama, to pass the time of long summer days, we'd stand on opposite sides of the road and throw rocks at each other. The objective was two-fold: dodge getting hit while making sure you sent enough ammo back the other way. Regardless of whether any of us got caught on the head, bruised, or lost a tooth following an accurate throw, we were still friends in the end, shook hands and went on to other things that were just as competitive. As fans of the game, we are just as involved as players when it comes to great matchups. At the end of each game, we like to see players shake hands too as a show of good sportsmanship and I believe they do, if not publicly, privately. Our discussions are no different, we too can keep things in perspective despite any heated words that were exchanged while engaged in the action. That we disagree on game outcomes should never be what we take away from it all, but when we walk away having gained appreciation of the other's perspective and openly express it, this gives others permission to do the same and it makes us all better people.

  1. RipCityRevival
    RipCityRevival
    Posts: 684

    Posted 05/04/2009 9:08 PM

    Well, that game you played as a kid explains how you ended up liking the Rockets. lol (j/k) I totally agree, however, I have heard some disturbing news this week about how some of your fellow fans treated our fans and our team down in Houston. Our players and executives had food and drinks thrown at them while they were coming out the tunnel and NOBODY was removed from the stands for it. Here in Portland that is an automatic dismissal even in a Playoff game. I heard stories of ushers and security participating in hazing of Blazer fan families. Nothing against the Rockets, and nothing against you, but to those involved in the forementioned actions that is completely apprehensable and the team should take a stand and say something about it to the fans and the good fans should step up and police each other on the issue. I don't believe you would be involved in that, we have had some good discussions after that first day, but I am disappointed in the lack of class some of your fans showed. I'm sure Portland wasn't completely innocent, don't get me wrong, but to throw things at the players and executives of opposing teams would not be taken lightly here.
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. RipCityRevival
    RipCityRevival
    Posts: 684

    Posted 05/04/2009 9:51 PM

    Pushing Mike back. It seems like evertime we think he's gone he brings his own post back up. Attention starvation is such a hard thing to break.
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. Travis
    Travis
    Posts: 56

    Posted 05/05/2009 12:05 AM

    Good job RIP keep it up
    I am a fan of a run at those rings in 2011 when GO comes back to dominate!!!!!!!!!!!
  1. PTBunitd
    PTBunitd
    Posts: 31

    Posted 05/05/2009 9:45 AM

    Houston beat the Lakers last night. WTF!!!! lol

    I think Houston is a completely different team this year in the playoffs. They're gunnin for that number one spot. And even if they knocked us out, if they have a chance to knock out LA, i am completely down for that.

    anyway, lol @ the child games of throwing rocks. haha that was funny.

    idk what to say of the Rockets fans doing such classless acts, but all i can say about is that Texas fans do not have that reputation at all. and if it is true, that is truly disappointing that Artest has more class now than the fans. However, i do not assume it to be true. Just based on TX history.
    I am a fan of go ahead and close off the paint, we'll still destroy you from the perimeter.
  1. RipCityRevival
    RipCityRevival
    Posts: 684

    Posted 05/05/2009 9:55 AM

    I just was listening to the replay of Courtside on Comcast and evidently there was a group of fans sitting behind Martel that were throwing the "N" word at him and cursing him and all kinds of stuff. I am not going to lump all Houston fans into the same group. That isn't my intention, but I want to bring to light those extremely rotten ones so that the other fans can regulate their own and say "hey, this isn't what we want to be known for." It is degrading to the city of Houston for people to behave that way. I have heard multiple accounts from Blazers personnel of the disgusting behavior they received in Houston. I still will root for the team against LA because of my respect for Clyde, Rick, and Aaron as well as my disdain for Kobe, but I encourage the Houston fans to monior themselves before this becomes their image to the world.
    I am a fan of Good basketball, great fans and Rip City!
  1. skwilliams454
    skwilliams454
    Posts: 11

    Posted 05/05/2009 11:35 AM

    I don't condone the actions of fans of any team that will treat visiting players as you described. For all of the reasons you provided, at first I thought it might be helpful for me to share your comments with Rockets fans that I communicate with on our message board. However, second thoughts led me to believe that I'd probably generate more Blazer bashing than anything else. I know some of them are ticket holders but I'm not--I can't afford those tickets nor cable for that matter. I catch the games on the local stations when available or via radio like I had to do for the Rockets/Lakers game because it was not televised. It is my hope the events taking place after game 6 were reported and that measures are already enacted for increased player safety/security.
    As for me continuing to post on this thread and your site, I have no problem giving credit where it is due. You guys have elevated your discussions and interactions to a level that is uncommonly found. Your conversations tend to have more thought-provoking juices behind them and (dare I to say) more complete sentences that makes it more enjoyable for me to read and respond--not all threads are equal. This is not to knock the Rocket's site or fellow fans, that's just the way it is.
    Good observation Rip for the comment on the rocks/Rockets. I got a good laugh out of that one.

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