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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 12/20/2009 10:57 AM

    Post-Game Thoughts

    Well, Portland kept the game closer than I thought they would, but in the end could not hit an outside shot to save their lives. The Blazers were an abysmal 37.2% from the field, including 3-18 from the land of 3. For whatever reason, we decided to make Aldridge a complete non-factor by not letting him touch the ball in the post at all. He was invisible out there on the floor, as seen by his 3 points, on only 6 shots attempts, 1 rebound, and 1 assist. I can blame the guards for not getting him the ball on offense, but in a game where there were 92 missed shots, he needs to grab more than 1 rebound. If there is a plus side to such a sub-par performance, it is the fact he should have all the energy in the world to carry us today against the Heat, because Roy is going to be dog tired after his performance.


    Speaking of Brandon, he did all that he could to give us a fighter's chance at winning by producing 33 points (13-27), but the one thing he couldn't accomplish and really the entire team couldn't achieve were assists as the Trail Blazers set a franchise record low for assists in one game at 7. Roy only dished out 1 assist and when your best play-maker only has 1 dime, it means there are a lot of missed shots or too much one on one. In this case, it was a little of both. Roy definitely set some of his teammates up, but no one was connecting. On the other hand, he was still going one on one and settling for too many jumpers. As a whole, the Blazers need to become a more aggressive team and attack Orlando and Dwight Howard.


    Martell Webster, where have you gone? 1-11 from the floor, and 0-6 from downtown. Those are just unacceptable numbers from a starting small forward who was known as a shooter coming out of high school. I really love the hustle he is putting in on defense and on the glass (7 rebounds, 1 block), but for an injury-laden team who lost a lot of their offensive punch in Oden, Outlaw, and Fernandez, Webster needs to be more consistent. Martell averages 8.4 points per game and the team, as a whole, scores 96.17 a night, bad enough for 24th in the league. When Webster scores just 5 points above his average, 13, in the seven times it has happened this year, Portland scores 101.43 a night. When Martell scores 5 points below his average, 3, the Blazers have only mustered up 90 points a game. Sadly, he has scored 3 or less in 8 of 28 games this season. If he isn't hitting from behind the arc, teams just blanket Roy and Aldridge and beg us to shoot outside.


    One of the most frustrating aspects about a game like this, is holding the opposing stars in check, only to get beat by little-used reserves or journeymen. Jason Williams kept the Magic afloat early on and eventually tallied 13 points, but it was his 3, 3 pointers that were always momentum killers. Anthony Johnson came in late and got a few points in the paint, something I didn't know he had in his arsenal. Of course, there was Redick's 12 points off the bench, including a dagger of a 3 to end the 3rd quarter. Portland was up 3 before that shot and Blake hit a 3 to start the 4th. Instead of being up 6, we were only up 3 and in a slug-fest like this battle, 6 points is a pretty lofty lead. In the end, Portland did a good job of controlling tempo by making it a grind-it-out affair and most likely walks out of Amway Arena with a healthy squad. It bodes very well for the future that we play so well against Orlando since we could see them in the Finals in a few years.


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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 12/20/2009 12:34 PM

    Either the guards need to realize Aldridge is money down low, or the coaches need to yell at someone to get him the ball, or LA needs to chew someone out for not getting him the bal. Whatever the issue is..GET LA THE DAMN BALL! We could have easily won that game had he scored anywhere near his average. I realize Shard has length to both him, but he is a toothpick and LA should have backed his way into him an shot at close range all night long. Dwight wants to come in double? Fine, hand it off to the Thrilla for a dunk.

    Also, what gives on taking out Joel with 6 minutes to go? I can see a 1-2 minute rest, but the rest of the game? There was no coincidence that the game got out of hand as soon as he left the court. Next time if he needs some rest, manage his minutes early on in the game so he can go the entire 4th quarter.
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  1. whatinthebluehell
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    Posted 12/20/2009 7:44 PM

    The problem is LA doesn't get down low like he should. He would much rather take the 20 ft. jumper. or fall away jumper.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 12/21/2009 4:43 AM

    I'd've let Joel launch a 3 in that Magic game. 16% team shooting, why not?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 12/21/2009 1:21 PM

    Just one time, I do want to see the Thrilla launch a 3 with the shot clock winding down!I think the team made a more conscious effort to feed LA down low tonight and it showed and even Roy acknowledged that by working LA down low in the post, it forces the D to loosen up on Brandon.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 12/21/2009 5:05 PM

    Good to see the team feed Aldridge early against Miami..if Dirk is a no-go tomorrow, please run the offense through LA first. I just hope the team has enough energy to finish out this road trip strong.
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  1. Dan Harbison
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    Posted 12/21/2009 10:31 PM

    Is it just me, or is everyone else stoked Brandon Bass doesn't play in Dallas anymore.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 12/22/2009 12:09 AM

    I always get Bass and Millsap mixed up for some reason.
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