Season Opener: Trail Blazers107 vs. 76ers 103 Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 12/21/2011 9:55 PM

    Who was tonight's player of the game?
    LaMarcus Aldridge: 25 pts, 7 rebs, 3 ast, 3 blks (4)
    Gerald Wallace: 21 pts, 9 rebs, 2 stls (12)
    Marcus Camby: 6 pts, 13 rebs, 2 stls (1)
    Ray Felton: 12 pts, 8 ast, 6 rebs (0)
    Other (1)
    Marcus Camby: 6 pts, 13 rebs, 2 blks (0)

    December 26th, 2011
    7PM | Rose Garden | Portland, Oregon
    Trail Blazers (0-0) vs. 76ers (0-0)

    The Trail Blazers open up the 2012 campaign at home for the third straight year, this time against the Philadelphia 76ers. The home opener on the 26th marks not only the Opening Night contest but the first of a three-game homestand. Portland finished the preseason with a win and a loss against the Jazz while the 76ers swept the Washington Wizards in their preseason outings. This matchup features a two stellar backcourts battling one another as Portland's Ray Felton and Wesley Matthews will face off against the up and coming Jrue Holiday and All-Star Andre Iguodala. While Philly has the star power in the backcourt, Portland can get off to a good start by using their size advantage inside as LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace, and Marcus Camby should be able to control the paint. It will be interesting to see how Coach Nate rotates the guys in and out of the lineup. Is there a set rotation? If so, how deep? Or will he just play it by ear with it being such a shortened season?
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 12/22/2011 11:32 PM

    After being forced by the NBA to watch both L.A. teams on Christmas day, I sure hope Portland can notch a big first win for us Blazermaniacs.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. Austin Martin
    Austin Martin
    Posts: 92

    Posted 12/23/2011 12:57 AM

    if we can make our shots it will be a win easy, but if we shoot like we did in our last Jazz game... no, lets just shoot well guys!
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  1. D_pickett
    Posts: 726

    Posted 12/24/2011 3:57 PM

    It really depends on what Nate does with the rotation. If we have fresh legs on the floor that are ready to run, I think we take this one no problem, especially if LA can have a good game and everyone else gives what we expect out of them. I really can't wait to see what Gerald and Batum do when they're getting serious on the court. They've been playing around so far and still put together some highlight plays and decent numbers.
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  1. BR7_Fan
    Posts: 399

    Posted 12/25/2011 11:37 PM

    Posted By Tobyus Sanchezo on 12/22/2011 11:32 PM
    After being forced by the NBA to watch both L.A. teams on Christmas day, I sure hope Portland can notch a big first win for us Blazermaniacs.

    I did like D-Rose sticking it to the Lakers, reigning MVP for sure! 
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  1. Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 12/26/2011 1:58 AM

    Just play up-tempo, fast defense.  Portlands got a game on Tuesday, and then a day off on Wednesday, before going back to work on Thursday.  I believe all games are at home, against winnable teams.  No real excuse to not play with a ton of energy and a drive to win.  I expect them to be 3-0 by Thursday night.  Start with the defense, and fight in the paint.  Don't underestimate your opponent.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 12/26/2011 3:23 AM

    Who did Philly get in this year's Draft?
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  1. Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 12/26/2011 10:15 PM

    7 people voted Gerald Wallace.  7 people are 100% correct
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  1. kaemicha
    Posts: 16

    Posted 12/26/2011 10:16 PM

    Good first game.  Everyone looked a bit off kilter and rusty but we kept pulling it together to make for a fun watch.  It's going to be very interesting to watch our new team grow and see who, besides LA, can bring it for us and hopefully see our bench become better.
    I am a fan of The Blazers playing their hearts out in spite of all the hardships that come their way.
  1. abarrer3
    Posts: 271

    Posted 12/26/2011 10:28 PM

    I wanted to vote for LA, Wallace, and Crawford. LA and Wallace were great and Crawford came up big when they needed to hit a shot. All around good effort from the team. They looked in mid-season form!
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 12/26/2011 10:55 PM

    Ya, there ya go! Merry Christmas Philly, sorry we broke your new toy.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. EthanMoney
    Posts: 301

    Posted 12/27/2011 4:43 AM

    Aldridge also got 3 steals!
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  1. SisillaRiann
    Posts: 9

    Posted 12/27/2011 6:06 AM

    Aldridge was the player of 3/4 of the game, before he got tired :) Picked GW, cuz he's a straight maniac who just loves to play hard. He's everywhere and does everything. No way Portland wins this game without his hustle :)

    Looking forward to the next one!!
    I am a fan of a new era of Trail Blazer basketball!!
  1. stacksfan2005
    Posts: 363

    Posted 12/27/2011 6:58 AM

    i'd have to say G dub, but batum is really coming on. i like that he's hitting the glass and hitting shots when they count. and aldridge was straight beast with 3steals and 3blocks and 3 assists to go with his typical all star scoring, too bad he'll be beat out this year by griffon, duncan, and love.  i mean he'll have better game but wont get votes. did you see ESPNs game recap last night? showed 3 threes by williams, said blazers have a new look without roy, then said 6ers can do some damage in the east. dont bother showing camby's lobs to aldridge or anything. wouldn't want people outside of portland voting him into allstar.
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