Blazers/Grizzlies Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
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    Posted 01/08/2010 11:21 AM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    I said whichever team could win the hustle board would win the game, well in the end, it was all notched up at 46, which indicated how close of a game this was. The game played out almost to a tee. Portland and Memphis went neck and neck the entire way with Memphis gaining a 9 point lead early on in the 4th. Behind a furious Blazer rally, Portland actually lead by 8 with 3:45 left in the game after a Jerryd Bayless lay-in. Then it all went down hill. The Trail Blazers ended up scoring only 1 point in those final 3:45 minutes of game time, mostly due to getting entirely way to complacent at the end of the game. Roy would stand out top, work the shot clock down, then when nothing got going we were forced into taking difficult shots which allowed Memphis to creep back into the game.

    The Grizzlies sealed the game at the free throw line after a controversial call saw OJ Mayo poke away the ball from Brandon Roy near half-court. As the two jostled for the ball, an official called Roy for an loose-ball foul, sending Mayo to the line. "You don't make that call that late," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "I didn't see the contact. That's a big call late in the game, and minimal contact. That's a tough one."

    "Of course we want it to go our way, but (Washington) made the call and I'm not going to complain, because he can't change it," Roy said. "He saw something, he made the call, and I just have to do a better job of protecting the ball."

    That is the last attention I will bring to the officiating, because what's done is done and it is out of our hands. What's in our hands though, is not executing down the stretch and missing late-game free throws. It seems like year after year this happens to Blazer teams. I can recall just last season Portland blowing 8+ point leads with 3 minutes to go at least 3 times and all at home (Clippers, Magic, Cavaliers). I'm not sure what their mind set is, but it's as if they think the game is finished and they can just take a knee, so to speak, and the game is over. I know in terms of age this is a young team ,but experience wise, they are young no more. This is now a team with a true superstar, playoff experience, and used to winning, so there is no excuses to continue to wither away in the closing minutes.

    What stings most about this loss, outside of getting swept at home by Memphis *shutters*, is the fact the rest of the month is brutal. Portland now faces the realization of battling 3 of the best 4 teams in the entire NBA all within their next 4 games and then heading East on a road trip immediately after. If we want to stay in this playoff chase, we most likely have to go 5-3 at the worst during this eight-game stretch.

    I'm starting to think the Cinderella run we went on right after Joel went down could be over. With no Przy or Greg, we just have no way of controlling the boards or scoring in the paint. Zach had his way with us down low by totaling 27 points and 14 rebounds. When the offense wasn't running through Zach, Memphis would smartly dump it inside to Gasol, which forced a double team and they found the open man for the open shot time after time. It was a pick your poison type of defense for the Trail Blazers. Don't get me wrong though, I still love this team and the effort they are exerting on a nightly basis and think they could still make the playoffs, but sooner or later the talent gap up front is going to catch up to us.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 01/08/2010 4:22 PM

    The officials were hideous. I know we got complacent towards the end, but you shouldn't have to play 5 on 8.
    On the positive side, Martell looks like he finally has his stroke back!
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