Trail Blazers 90 Vs. Thunder 106 Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/11/2013 10:16 AM

    April 12th, 2013
    7:00 PM | Rose Garden Arena | Portland, OR
    Trail Blazers (33-45) Vs. Thunder (58-21)

    What To Watch For

    Emotional Letdown
    With no postseason on the horizon for the young Trail Blazers, Wednesday's game against the Lakers was their SuperBowl. Damian Lillard even said so himself in the post-game interviews. As we all know, the shorthanded Trail Blazers fought to the finish but ultimately fell to the Lakers 113-106, despite a career night from the do-it-all rookie. So the question is, how will the Blazers respond after an emotional letdown? And this question would still be posed if they had beaten their rivals from the south, because emotions can swing both high and low. There definitely was an extra pep in their step against Los Angeles; a sense of urgency we had only seen in stretches over the past 10 games. But on this night, it was there for the full 48 minutes. It might be too much to ask for that type of output Friday night against the West's best, especially if JJ Hickson (back), Nicolas Batum (arm), and Wesley Matthews (ankle) are still in suits on the sideline. Those eight Trail Blazers who played Wednesday gave it their all and let everything they had on the Rose Garden hardwood, so it will be interesting to see the opening minutes against Oklahoma City. Over the course of this nine-game losing streak, Portland has routinely gotten out to sluggish starts only to find the climb uphill too treacherous to comeback from. To me, the biggest key to the game is the first quarter. The Thunder are a veteran team (how weird is that to say?) who have played in the Finals and know what it takes to win on a night in, night out basis, so they won't take our boys lightly. For Portland to hang around long enough to pull off the upset, they must keep this game within 4-5 points over the span of the first 12 minutes.

    Rookies On The Rise
    Portland started four of their five rookies against the Lakers and saw promising results. Damian Lillard went toe-to-toe with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, posting a career-high 38 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals. Victor Claver added in 9 points of his own to go along with 4 assists, and 2 rebounds. Claver only shot 3-11 from the floor, so watch his shooting as the season comes to a close. He's got great form and arc on his shot, but it just isn't falling at a consistent clip right now. After a stat-stuffing line against the Mavericks, Will Barton had 9 points and the usual 2 steals, but like Victor, he couldn't find the range on his shot, shooting just 4-12. As expected, Meyers Leonard had his hands full with Dwight Howard and could only muster up 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists as he dealt with foul trouble much of the game. Meyers didn't look for his shot, especially from mid-range, which I thought could have been used to lure Howard out of the key. Look for Meyers to be more aggressive against Kendrick Perkins and take him on the perimeter and knock down a few more jumpers Friday. Overall, you have to be pleased with how our crop of rooks has grown this season and are performing currently. Let's hope these final four games show even more progress heading into their Sophomore campaigns.

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  1. cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 04/11/2013 3:42 PM

    If LA is the number 8 seed does OKC try and force the Spurs to play them? If so we might get a gift win here although I doubt it

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 04/11/2013 7:22 PM

    We gotta play OKC next? Where's the facepalm button on this thing.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 04/11/2013 9:53 PM

    4 more games to play at least the worst we can do is go 0-4 that is not so bad

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 04/12/2013 3:18 AM

    We got All-Stars too. We can win this game. It will take great effort, as it is supposed to in the NBA. But I'm confident we can put some big numbers up and beat the artist formerly known as Seattle.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 04/12/2013 10:19 AM

    Well the rookies are getting an education here at the end of the season!
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. cmeese47
    Posts: 2735

    Posted 04/12/2013 10:45 PM

    That was an ugly game so sloppy but Barton's many dunks were enjoyable

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. BlazeTheTrail
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    Posted 04/12/2013 11:05 PM

    When I looked at our schedule a few weeks ago, I thought we could legitimately lose every game the rest of the way. Just a crazy stretch of great teams. At this point, we're only 1 game from being tied by Philly, and 2 games from potentially a top 10 pick. I feel like this is the worst season we'll have for a while, so may as well give up our 1st in a year when we're better. Hit with this pick and keep it going.
    I am a fan of cheering the Blazers on from South Florida!
    Posts: 757

    Posted 04/13/2013 12:29 AM

    horrible game....... claver = garbage to score 3 points and get outplayed yet again by babbit in less then half the minutes makes you not nba ready by any means send that kid back over seas and give freeland his minutes he outplayed him by miles too 

    I am a fan of defensive man beasts
  1. RipCity 14
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    Posts: 941

    Posted 04/13/2013 6:43 AM

    33-36, playoff hopes alive and kicking. 33 and 47, power ranking has us as 5th worst team in the league.

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
  1. riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 04/13/2013 9:25 AM

    I thought we played a great 1st half but Damian had 2 pts after 3 qtrs and the Thunder had a field day in the 2nd half. It was basically our bench playing the Western Conference champs, can't be to shocked by the loss. 7 pt 3rd qtrs aren't going to win a lot of games. As for Claver, he's a defender first and Babbit is not. Joel Freeland had 5-5 in the first half in a few minutes. He actually outplayed JJ. At this point in the season it's not about beating top teams as much as evaluating the roster. Our end schedule has been brutal.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
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