Trail Blazers 102 @ Raptors 79 Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/02/2013 9:12 AM



    January 2nd, 2013
    4:00 PM | Air Canada Centre | Toronto, On
    Trail Blazers (16-14) At Raptors (11-20)

    What To Watch For


    Respect Your Opponent
    This goes for the team as well as our fans. Do not let Toronto's 11-20 record fool you, they are playing inspired basketball, winning seven of their last eight games including wins over Dallas, Houston, and Orlando. When we all took a look at this four-game road trip, nearly all of us pointed to the Toronto game and said, "That's a win." But that mindset must change and hopefully the team is focused and prepared for a battle. We all know this Trail Blazer squad is young and has tendencies to overlook inferior opponents but if they are truly serious about playoff basketball, this is the type of win they must get, especially on the road.

    Proceed With Caution From Downtown
    During Portland's 92-74 win over Toronto in December, the Trail Blazers set a then-NBA record for most 3-point attempts without a make, 20. If they shoot that poorly again, don't expect a similar result. There's definitely no problem with letting them fly from beyond the arc, but if it's apparent the shot isn't falling early on, it's on the team to show discipline and move away from the long jumpshot and force the action inside to Aldridge and Hickson who have been beats in the paint lately. Whether its spin moves in the post of putbacks off of offensive rebounds, those two are making life miserable for their counterparts down low. If the Trail Blazers don't fall in love with the 3 and can win both the rebounding battle and points in the paint, they will be 2-0 on this Eastern swing.

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  1. Blazer Fanatic
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    Posted 01/02/2013 10:33 AM

    Toronto had a pretty brutal schedule and have suffered some significant injuries to their roster.  This will be a tough back2back.  Blazers need the kind of start they had vs NY.  Portland is favored, and all the more reason to not take this game for granted.

     

    I don't make predictions often, but I will GUARANTEE the Blazers will make more than one 3 pointer.

  1. riverman
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    Posted 01/02/2013 11:22 AM

    Wes is back! We should carry the momentum from NY to Toronto! My new years resolution for the Blazers is to not play down to the competition.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 01/02/2013 11:52 AM

    New studies are showing that dinosaurs were warm blooded animals, not cold blooded as previous thought.
    The Blazers job is to keep these dinosaurs cold blooded.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. Blazer Fanatic
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    Posted 01/02/2013 6:19 PM

    The Blazers play with zero energy.  Shot terrible. Didn't move the ball.  Turned the ball over on horrible passes and poor decisions. Didn't play good defense the entire shot clock. And were blown out, looking like the team ESPN predicted would only win 28 games.

     

    Disappointing.

  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 01/02/2013 6:27 PM

    Never seen a bad team shoot THAT GOOD in my life. 

    Worst Game I watched this season

    VERY UGLY


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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 01/02/2013 6:49 PM

    This is the epitome of the Blazers they look great shocking the Knicks and then get pounded like a school girl on her prom night by the Raptors. No idea which is the real team.

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. Blazer Fanatic
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    Posted 01/02/2013 7:05 PM

    Horrible analogy.
  1. BDawg
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    Posted 01/02/2013 7:35 PM

    It's not a good day when the Raptor's reserves outscore your starters.  Time to pack it in.  Maybe next time.

    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 01/02/2013 8:13 PM

    Those dino eggs are hatching earlier then we expected.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 01/02/2013 8:49 PM

     

    That game was so Bad on NBA League Pass that the Toronto announcers were singing the priaises of Joel Freeland becuase they had no other Blazers that were doing good to talk about.

     

    Boy that is a bad night.

    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. riverman
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    Posted 01/02/2013 9:36 PM

    Ouch, aarrgghh and yuck! The Blazers left their game in NY. No excuses, just an ugly, old fashioned __tt kickin'. Now they're going to have to play perfect to get a split on the road. This game goes in the recycle bin. Freeland was the one bright thing after the white flag went out.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. BLASER
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    Posted 01/03/2013 1:57 AM

    yea freeland looked good but other then that garbage game 

    I am a fan of defensive man beasts
  1. Danimal
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    Posted 01/03/2013 7:48 AM

    cmeese47, that was an excellent analogy that we can all relate to

  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 01/03/2013 8:54 AM

    Blazers always seem to lose games like this,we'd have a great record if it weren't for the sacramento's and toronto's of the league,ohh and washington wizards
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 01/03/2013 1:49 PM

    I agree, actually a disturbing analogy
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. riverman
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    Posted 01/03/2013 1:51 PM

    For some reason it's not posting repy boxes but my last post was in response to Fanatics last post.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. Blazer Fanatic
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    Posted 01/03/2013 3:13 PM

    Posted By riverman on 01/03/2013 1:51 PM
    For some reason it's not posting repy boxes but my last post was in response to Fanatics last post.


    Sorry about that.  I had let security know you were invited.  It should work now. lol
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