Greatest Trail Blazers: #1 Drexler Vs. #5 Sabonis
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 08/24/2011 11:58 AM

    Who should advance?
    #1 Clyde Drexler (37)
    #5 Arvydas Sabonis (3)

    #1 Clyde Drexler vs. #5 Arvydas Sabonis

    No. 22 Clyde Drexler | Shooting Guard | 6-7 | 222 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 34.1 mpg, 20.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 5.7 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.46 bpg .478 FG %, .303 3 PT %, .789 FT %

    One For The Books: Drexler's Fourth Quarter Heroics - By Wayne Thompson

    None of these wins was more inspiring than the last one--a 120-110 come-from-behind victory at Houston on March 20, 1990.

    It was a game in which Portland's rising super star, Clyde Drexler, just 27 years old, wouldn't let Portland lose. Trailing by 14 points late in the fourth quarter, the Blazers stormed back behind a 41-point, 16-rebound performance by Drexler to beat the Rockets going away.

    In 43 minutes of action against the Rockets, Drexler connected on 18 of 26 shots, snared a career-high 16 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. doled out a half-dozen assists and added three steals and a blocked shot.

    "He simply wouldn't let us lose," said a happy Rick Adelman afterwards. "He made some amazing shots in that fourth quarter." Portland outscored Houston, 37-21 in the four quarter to win the game in a breeze.

    "Phenonenal," said Buck Williams, Drexler's best friend among the Blazer players. "He saved the game for us. He was breath-taking. you talk about gravity force out of a rocket trying to take off. Tonight, this guy redefined the whole gravity thing," Williams said.

    Drexler's performance rescued an otherwise dismal shooting night for the other Blazer starters, who combined to make only 15 of 45 shots from the field and scored just 44 points.
    Click Here To Continue Reading "One For The Books: Drexler's Fourth Quarter Heroics"

    This was vintage Clyde Drexler. Whatever the situation Drexler, being the talented leader that he was, rose to the occasion to lead his team to victory. It just so happened that on this night the team was ice cold from the floor and needed Clyde The Glide to shoulder the scoring load. But even when he goes off for 40 points, he still found a way to snag a career-high 16 rebounds -- that was what made Clyde so very special. A one-trick pony he was not. Drexler was a stat sheet stuffer, a threat to rack up a triple-double on any given night. Not only are Drexler's 21 triple-doubles 14 more than the next closet competitor, he also came within an eyelash of becoming apart of an elite NBA fraternity: the Quadruple-Double Club. During a game on October 10, 1986, The Glide poured in 26 points, handed out 11 assists, pick pocketed the defense 10 times and pulled down nine boards. The Schonz couldn't have phrased it any better when he stated, "He (Clyde) was outstanding in all phases of the game."

    Schonely Speaks:
    "THE best. Could do it all. He was outstanding in all phases of the game. An NBA all-star."

    Photo Gallery: Clyde Drexler Through The Years

    No. 11 Arvydas Sabonis | Center | 7-3 | 292 lbs

    Career Stats As A Trail Blazer: 24.2 mpg, 12.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.6 spg, 1.1 bpg, .500 FG%, .328 3PT%, .786 FT%

    One For The Books: The Big Man's Big Game - By Wayne Thompson

    Against the Timberwolves at the Rose Garden, Sabas scored 28 points, including the winning basket in the final seconds, and tied his NBA career-high of 20 rebounds. Moreover, it was his play alone that spared the Trail Blazers from what might have been a nightmarish defeat.

    "This is the time of year when you should be jelling and sharpening your game," Dunleavy added. "Arvydas has been in so many situations like this over his long career. He's the anchor for us. He carried us tonight."

    "They just had too much size for us," said a disappointed Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "We just had no one who could contend with Sabonis. It's not just his great size, it's also his passing and shooting skills.

    "That 300-pound body (of his) takes up a lot of room under the defensive board and his being there and blocking out people lets the other Blazers steal the caroms that he doesn't get," Saunders pointed out.

    "We tried to take advantage down low," Wallace told The Oregonian's Paul Buker. "We knew that if (Stanley) Roberts got into foul trouble early, Cherokee Parks was too small to handle Sabas."

    "He's like fine win. He may be getting older, but passing and shooting skills, size and intelligence--those things don't deteriorate," the late Bill Musselman added.
    Click Here To Continue Reading "One For The Books: The Big Man's Big Game"

    Even though Sabas is an international basketball icon, his recent Hall of Fame induction ruffled a few feathers. But the naysayers need to look no further than what he did on that spring night in 1998. At 33-years-old, Sabonis was the best player on the floor, even among future Hall of Famers, when he dropped 28 points and grabbed 20 boards with ease. He teased the defense with his mind-blowing passes, patrolled the paint with brute force and spaced the floor perfectly with range extending past the three-point line. Unfortunately, Arvydas wasn't able to come over in his prime but at least Rip City and NBA fans got to see a glimpse of what could have been for the big man. Performances like these would have been a dime a dozen for Sabas, but even a broken-down version of Arvydas was more than enough to become one of the all-time favorites in the hearts of Maniacs worldwide.

    Schonely Speaks:
    "If only Arvydas would have been here in the 90's, the Blazers probably would have had a couple more rings on their fingers. Huge. Strong. Good guy. Hall of Famer. Could certainly pass and could flat out score."

    Photo Gallery: Arvydas Sabonis Through The Years

    The polls will stay open for one week, The player with the most votes will move onto the next round. Who should advance in this matchup and why?

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  1. daveschedin
    Posts: 44

    Posted 08/24/2011 12:59 PM

    Wow first to vote. Drexler of course..No disrespect Sabas..but did you see the stats and hardware as a Blazer?..However, if Sabonis comes to us when we drafted him back in '86(?)..He'd been an MVP in this league, and given us a couple more titles..However..Clyde the Glyde is the most prolific Blazer in team history, and would have won 100% of the vote, had he not played his last years in Houston..
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 08/24/2011 2:23 PM

    Interesting point dave. I didn't think about it that way. What if Sabas did come over in 86? Would would have been the "Alpha Dog"? Its irrelevant to wonder if they would have been able to co-exist because they were two of the most smart and unselfish basketball players of all-time, but it sparked my imagination. My guess is it would have been Sabas until he got hurt in 88(?) then Drex when he ran into his peak in the early 90's. Either way, talk about dynamic duo.
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  1. caseyholdahl
    Posts: 246

    Posted 08/24/2011 2:54 PM

    Arvydas over everything.
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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 08/24/2011 4:17 PM

    Drexler was a beast! I didn't realize he was that close to a quadruple double and its not like he missed it on steals or blocks, it was a measly rebound! It seems like the more I read up on Clyde, the more and more impressed with him and his game I become.
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  1. blazerdarren77
    Posts: 216

    Posted 08/24/2011 8:36 PM

    I believe they would have been able to play together; imo Sabas would've helped the Glide to the super star level like Magic and Jordan.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 08/25/2011 2:55 AM

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  1. Kassandra
    Posts: 466

    Posted 08/25/2011 9:27 PM

    Darren is right. they would have played incredibly well together. if this were a contest of the best player ever, i think Sabas gets the nod. Sabonis was an incredible blazer and certainly deserves his consideration. he'll always be one of my all-time favorites. however, Clyde is the most incredible blazer of all time. there just isn't any question about that. got to go with Drexler here.

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  1. Bull Frog
    Bull Frog
    Posts: 95

    Posted 08/26/2011 6:02 PM

    Gotta go with Drexler. He was the best and most exciting player ever to put on a Blazer jersey. Never got in trouble, always gave 100%. Could fly. Filled the stat board. Thinking about he ans Sabonis is one thing. But he and Jordan should have been teammates. That would have rocked. Sabonis, i think surprised all of us quite a bit even with the older body and injuries. He still had it!
    I am a fan of Never giving up. I will be a Blazer fan for all of my life. Rip City!
  1. BlazerBear
    Posts: 97

    Posted 08/29/2011 4:27 PM

    Just thinking about potential Drexler/Sabonis give and go's makes me believe they could play easily with one another. Both were so unselfish and great passers. But Sabas wasn't able to come over and his career in the Red and Black just can't hold a candle to Clyde's.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 08/30/2011 7:36 PM

    There's a road here in town named after Clyde, it's that simple.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 08/30/2011 7:36 PM

    There's a road here in town named after Clyde, it's that simple.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 08/31/2011 12:03 PM

    Sorry Casey, Clyde dominates another round, easily advances to the Elite 8, 29-2.
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  1. briantheblazerfan
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    Posted 12/13/2011 8:08 PM

    Clyde Drexler was an awesome superstar!  No question.  All of those points, steals, rebounds, assists, and jams.  I mean, wow!  He was truly the leader of this team for those great '80's.  I simply can't say enough.  And also Brandon Roy.  Another TrailBlazer great!  Both of these guys.
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