Trail Blazers 90 vs. Warriors 87 Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/25/2012 12:19 AM

    Was this Ray Felton's best game as a Trail Blazer?
    Yes: 24 points, 9-17 shooting, 4-7 from 3, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block (8)
    No: Great game, but he's played a little bit better in a few others (1)

    March 25, 2012
    6:00 PM | Rose Garden Arena | Portland, OR
    Trail Blazers (22-26) vs. Warriors (20-26)

    The third of four seasonal meetings between the Trail Blazers and Warriors takes place in the Rose Garden, Sunday night at 6. But this contest will be much different then the first two -- both in Golden State. For one, LaMarcus Aldridge will be in the lineup this time around after landing awkwardly on his ankle Valentines Day night against the Wizards which sidelined LA for a couple of games, including February 15th's game in Oakland which the Trail Blazers won 93-91. And two, the Warriors will be without Steph Curry who is on the shelf with a bum ankle and his former running mate in the backcourt was dealt to the Bucks. 

    Out are Ellis and Curry and in are Nate Robinson and rookie Klay Thompson. It may very well end up being an all-rookie backcourt for the Dubs when they battle the Blazers as Nate Robinson injured his hamstring in the second quarter of their win Saturday night at home against the Kings. Charles Jenkins, the rookie from Hofstra, would likely get the start if Nate's hamstring isn't 100% and considering that this will be the second game in as many nights, my money would be on Jenkings running the point. But the player to watch is Klay Thompson, which some of you may know from his collegiate days at Washington State. The sharp-shooting rookie is the read deal and is coming off of a career-high night as he scored 31 points on just 20 shots, including 4-9 from downtown. Wesley Matthews will have his hands full as Klay is constantly moving. He's not just going to wait quietly in the corner for the opportunity to shoot. Without Bogut and Curry, Thompson is the go-to backcourt scorer. But if anyone is up to the challenge it's Matthews who stymied Kobe Bryant Friday night in L.A. After Kobe hit five shots in the first quarter, Wes shut him down, not allowing Bryant to hit a single field goal the rest of the way. 

    Along with Thompson, Golden State's other money-man is David Lee. Lee has given the Trail Blazers nightmares in both outings so far this year, averaging 27.5 points, on 61% field-goal shooting, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. And he'll be coming into the Rose City with momentum after nearly putting up a triple-double against the Kings where he scored 22 points, gabbed 14 rebounds and dished out 9 assists. The Blazer bigs did a great job against the Grizzles on the boards, limiting their advantage to only +4 but against Los Angeles, their inability to secure rebounds was the deciding factor. When the dust settled, the Lakers had an unthinkable 53-29 edge on the backboard. Considering the Trail Blazers were within one on multiple occasions deep into the fourth quarter, its not to far fetched to think that just grabbing a defensive rebound here or there could have turn the tide in Portland's favor. It seems like rebounding is always going to play a major role in winning or losing the rest of the season, especially without Wallace and Camby, but that's just the name of the game the rest of the way.

    Golden State is short-handed and if Portland can contain either Thompson or Lee, they'll be in good shape barring the usual suspects (Aldridge, Batum, Matthews) play up to par. One final thing to watch for is three-point defense. The Warriors have a plethora of shooters, such as Thompson, Rush, and Wright and our perimeter defense has been questionable this year. If we don't get out on their shooters, especially early on in the game, it could be a much tighter contest then previously anticipated. I say we need to not let them get going early on because that will only fuel their confidence the rest of the game. A perfect example would be that Valentines Day game against the Wizards where Jordan Crawford, John Wall, and Nick young got heated up in the first quarter and never came close to cooling off.

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 03/25/2012 12:48 AM

    Mychal Thompson's kid was off the chain last night. He had 31 points!

    Mmmm, yaaa, I'd be havin' Batum guard that guy.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. freddead
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    Posted 03/25/2012 1:31 AM

    should be able to win this one if put up the same effort that we have been
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  1. freddead
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    Posted 03/25/2012 3:50 AM

    i feel like hickson on david lee would be a good match up
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 03/25/2012 8:26 PM

    I finally see what everyone has been saying about Ray Felton... he sucks. That 24 should've been 84. We need to trade him for some Fritos and a Slim Jim.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/25/2012 9:44 PM

    Post-Game Quotes:
    Coach Kaleb Canales on defensive stop during the last play of the game-

    “I told the guys that’s the only clip we’re going to watch tomorrow during film in corrections. I thought the defense, especially those last possessions, was phenomenal. Our communication was great and I thought we got after it.”
    LaMarcus Aldridge on go-ahead bucket-

    “I had missed so many easy shots all nights, I felt like my time was coming. The odds had to even up. So I just tried to take him in as far as I could, they came to double and I went to the baseline, and I made it. I’ve shot that shot so many times, so it feels easy to just shoot it.” 

    Ray Felton on his performance-

     “It felt good. It’s just good to get a win. The way we fought back, it felt like we were going to give that one away but we played defense down the stretch, we got rebounds, we made plays, - we did things to win the game. That’s what counts.” 

    Felton on shouldering the scoring load-
    “I can score if I have to, but if I don’t need to, we’ve got enough scorers. Guys weren’t hitting their shots – it happens like that sometimes. It’s been nights I couldn’t hit nothing – the last game, the Lakers game, I couldn’t hit a shot. So, it’s just one of those things where the shots were going for me, so I just continued to build confidence and continued to take them. Guys were finding me and telling me to shoot it.”

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 03/25/2012 10:18 PM

    That's right! That's right! Who's next?!? The Thunder????

    Heck, there's no buffalo in Washington.
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 03/25/2012 10:35 PM

    @Tobyus, I'm dying for a Buffalo WW here in Seattle. Not to mention I'm lucky being an Oregon native so I can get away with being a Blazers fan. You wouldn't imagine the bad blood toward the NBA over the Sonics move.
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  1. flyroy69
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    Posted 03/27/2012 9:03 AM

    I'm still trying to figure out who that guy was in the #5 uniform, pehaps he's starting to wear off the bad Ju Ju from the 3 point line that was left on it by the previous player? To D_pickett, I can feel the pain of the Seattle people over the Sonics move, it used to be one of my favorite rivalry's, with the ability to travel to each others venue, compared to the likes of the band wagon Laker or Heat fans coming to the RG!
    I am a fan of A VERY SPECIAL 2013-2014 SEASON!
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