Trail Blazers 106 Vs. Lakers 113 Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/09/2013 9:42 PM



    April 9th, 2013
    7:00 PM | Rose Garden Arena | Portland, OR
    Trail Blazers (33-44) Vs. Lakers (41-37)

    What To Watch For

    #BEATLA
    Throw the record books out the window when these two teams tangle, especially when it's being held in the Rose City. It doesn't matter that the Trail Blazers are eliminated from postseason play. It doesn't matter that Wesley Matthews (ankle), Nicolas Batum (arm) and JJ Hickson (back) could all miss Wednesday's game. And it doesn't matter that the Blazers could start four rookies in a rivalry game. This is Trail Blazers vs. Lakers and for Rip City, it doesn't get any sweeter than that. Even better, the Lakers are fighting for their playoff lives and can't afford a loss over their last four games if they are to take over the 8th and final spot from the Jazz. While every fan would love this game to have playoff implications on the line for the home team, denying LA a postseason berth is the next best option. Which is why the Blazers need to play with a playoff-like urgency. The same urgency that nearly brought the Blazers back from 20 down in the 4th quarter against the Mavericks. The Lakers are 4-17 in Portland over the past 10 years. Let's make sure that record stands at 4-18 after Wednesday night.



    Will The Thrill Encore
    After answering opportunity's knock when Matthews went down with an ankle injury, Will Barton will look to take the next step in his maturation process. The rook filled in admirably Sunday night, scoring 22 points, grabbing 13 rebounds, handing out 6 assists, and playing the passing lanes to the tune of 3 steals all in a reserve role. It was his spark, his energy, and his fight that led the comeback against Dallas. But all NBA players are talented and are capable of putting up big performances at least once in their careers. Was his outing on Sunday a one-time deal or can the Thrill sustain his level of play? It appears that Wesley Matthews will not play and that Barton will likely get the start so keep a close on him. Does he try to do too much? Will he be star-struck going up against Kobe, a player he admires? Or is Will going to add onto his Dallas performance? Only time will tell, but don't be shocked if Will brings the Rose Garden to their feet once more. He doesn't lack confidence, so don't expect him to be in awe of the limelight. If Barton can get into the passing lanes early on, leading to a few easy transition buckets, that could take away an nerves and really ignite another big night.

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 04/10/2013 12:31 AM

    idk will won't be able to stop kobe defensivley thats for sure 

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  1. knorton181
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    Posted 04/10/2013 8:54 AM

    Who can?

    This game seems like it's gonna have a game 7 playoff type atmosphere. I wish I could be in Portland to go to this game, it's gonna be nuts. Lakers NEED a win to make the playoffs. We WANT a win to break a losing streak as well as stop the Lakers from making it. They obviously have a lot more to play for. But it's at the Rose Garden. This game should be an intense battle.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/10/2013 9:07 AM

    Barton is going to have his hands full with Kobe although if Batum plays he will likely get the call guarding Kobe. I really do not like our chances.

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  1. flyroy69
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    Posted 04/10/2013 2:42 PM

    Posted By cmeese47 on 04/10/2013 9:07 AM

    Barton is going to have his hands full with Kobe although if Batum plays he will likely get the call guarding Kobe. I really do not like our chances.



      Although I mostly agree, I still look at some of the past games with the available personnel, then the 4-17 record the Lakers have in Portland over the last 10 years, and am ready for an upset....Again!   Beating the Lakers opening night, made the season!  Winning tonight, would make watching the playoffs, and the off season that much better!
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/10/2013 4:14 PM

    If I am the Lakers I am giving Gasol and Howard 35-40 shots tonight. Kobe should get 15-25 depending on how its falling. If they do that I could easily see those three scoring 80 points tonight.

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  1. knorton181
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    Posted 04/10/2013 9:30 PM

    Close, they scored 90.

    Great, hard fought game. It's a whole different picture if Wesley and Batum had played though (healthy). I have high expectations from this team next year, though.

    Also, good to see Damian have such a bounce-back game. You can tell he was really into this game, him and Kobe were somethin to watch.
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  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 04/10/2013 10:17 PM

    Didn't get to watch the game. Were there any bad calls in the Lakers favour?

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 04/10/2013 11:38 PM

    No comment RC 14
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 04/10/2013 11:39 PM

    Blazers showed some grit in this game. Not a bad performance. Let's snap this losing streak a.s.a.p.
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  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 04/11/2013 1:40 AM

    Tobyus did you actually type 'no comment' or was it edited by a mod?

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 04/11/2013 4:58 AM

    Posted By RipCity 14 on 04/11/2013 1:40 AM

    Tobyus did you actually type 'no comment' or was it edited by a mod?


    No comment means, I cannot talk about ticky tack happy Laker calls without saying something I may regret.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 04/11/2013 5:01 AM

    And next time we play the Lakers... will somebody PLEASE, box out Steve Blake. He grabbed like 4 offensive rebounds during our last attempt at a comeback.
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  1. Cailin Pietersen
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    Posted 04/11/2013 7:01 AM

    Coach Stotts really got it spot on in the first half when he let Dame loose. The up tempo game really had the Lakers reeling. He's shown this year that Olshey wasn't a fool to hire him.

    Im looking forward to a very good 2014. Call me crazy, but if we do well in the offseason, making Western conference semi's is a slight possibility!

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 04/11/2013 9:37 AM

    The first half of this game was really fun to watch, 4th qtr LaMarcus and Damian never touched the ball, this I didn't get? At any rate, Will Barton came back down to earth and we seemed to run out of gas at the end.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/11/2013 9:58 AM

    What. A. Heartbreaker.
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/11/2013 11:04 AM

    That is how your supposed to lose. From now on that is how you lose. The game was entertaining and Lillard looked like a beast. Maynor not boxing out Blake and taking too many shots hurt us late but the game was entertaining. Now just if we could force Philly to stop losing every game as well.

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  1. kenny c.
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    Posted 04/11/2013 1:56 PM

    Why are there so many laker fans in Portland, it kind of makes me angry.

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 04/11/2013 3:46 PM

    Because Portland has not been good enough to convert them

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  1. abarrer3
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    Posted 04/11/2013 7:40 PM

    The crowd was about 50/50 Lakers Blazers. They were just as loud as we were maybe louder. So frustrating especially when they started talking smack at the end to us Blazer fans. Just had to throw out the "second best team in LA" comment to piss them off.
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  1. billyamick47
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    Posted 04/11/2013 7:54 PM

    Hearing Kobe get MVP chants in the Rose Garden was gross

  1. 54Tone
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    Posted 04/20/2013 8:27 AM

    that is the last time I will be in the rose garden while playing the lakers.

    the mvp chants and all the doosh bags wearing lakers gear was irritating.

    specially since a lot of bs calls in the 2nd half... clear path foul called on lillard in the 4th was ridiculous. he grabbed kobes arm from behind.

     

  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 04/20/2013 10:56 AM

    Well of course it was BS. It was the Lakers. Like the Lakers Kings finals. Or the Lakers Blazers Finals. Or pretty much every game the lakers played this year. And Jordan era.

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
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