Blazers/Clippers Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/05/2010 10:42 AM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    Portland got the production from their role players in a big way with Andre going for 20 and 16, Martell netting 5-9 from 3 point range, and a season-high 16 for Juwan, but the Clippers made it a priority from the get-go to make someone other than Brandon Roy beat them. They trapped, doubled, and even tripled teamed Roy all game long, forcing the All-Star to give up the ball. Roy did end up with 6 assists, but he was only able to muster up 12 shots, hitting only 3. Although many would have liked to see Roy force it more, he did the right thing. He found open teammates and through the first 3 quarters, they were knocking them down. In fact, outside of a cold stretch in the beginning of the 4th quarter, the offense was not the problem at all, it was the defense giving Portland fits.

    Trail Blazer point guard Andre Miller summed up the game best when he said, "We got our offense going by causing some turnovers early. They just kept pushing the ball on us and we couldn't stop them. Except for their turnovers, they played a solid game." Los Angeles ended up with 20 total turnovers, but just when it seemed like Portland could get some separation in the 1st half, turnovers bit them in the but as well, including 3 traveling violations whistled near the 3 point line in near succession. All in all, the Blazers tallied 14 miscues.

    You just knew the Trail Blazers were in for a loss when we shoot 9-10 during a stretch in the 3rd quarter and were not able to trim a single point off of the half-time deficit. Not only that, but we were the ones shooting jump shots, albeit open, but still a much higher degree of difficulty than the points in the paint the Clippers seemed to be racking up in bunches every time down the floor. We saw the exact same scenario in Portland on Wednesday night, only then, Portland had the Rose Garden crowd behind them to push them to victory and players like Ricky Davis, Rasaul Butler, and Baron Davis didn't have nearly the type of shooting nights as they had last night.

    Thankfully, it looks as if LaMarcus will be available for the game tonight against Memphis, because it may become too difficult a task for the Trail Blazers to be able to win on the road with this current team after teams view the blueprint to defeating us. Although our field goal percentage was .644 if you take away Roy's 3-12 shooting night, I think a lot of teams will still take the chances of having someone either than Brandon shooting the ball. With a healthy LMA, teams should not be able to double Roy at will and have as much success as LAC did last night. Offense may not be where we missed Aldridge the most, because we did end up with 95, but rather defensively is where we will need Aldridge's impact most. Pendergraph doesn't have the instincts yet and Howard just isn't athletic enough to contain players on the block the way LaMarcus can.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 01/05/2010 4:24 PM

    Anytime the likes of Butler and Ricky Davis go unconscious from the field, with hands in their faces, it's not going to be your night.
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