Blazers/Bucks Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/14/2010 10:41 AM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    Portland jumped out to a 31-16 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, leading by as much as 33 during the third quarter, before ending up with a 120-108 victory to improve to 24-16. Don't be fooled by Milwaukee's 100+ point outing as over 1/3 of their points (36) came from behind the arc and on 29 attempts. Once the lead grew to over 30, the Bucks were content with just chucking up any and every three made available to them. It was a complete team effort for the Trail Blazers as they had 8 of their 11 players with 9 points or more, lead by Roy's 22. A blowout was exactly what the doctor ordered for Roy, as he sat out the last 15+ minutes of the game in order to rest a sore hamstring that has been nagging him recently.

    "It's seen better days," Roy said when asked about the hamstring. "It kind of grabbed on me a little bit, and I went downcourt and we were up 30, and I said, 'Coach, I don't have to play anymore. Could you maybe keep me out?' It was pretty sore."

    "As long as I can play, I'll keep trying. Hopefully Friday it doesn't burn more. Early in a game it feels good, but as the game gets into the third or fourth quarter, it seems like it starts to fatigue a little bit."

    For a supposed "Play-Making" point guard, Brandon Jennings was lackluster to say the least tonight. Almost a carbon copy of his performance against Portland the last time around, he decided not to attempt a shot until very late in the 2nd quarter. He looked passive and disinterested most of the time and when he did shoot in the 2nd half, they were awkward and difficult jump shots, with nothing heading to the rim. Known for his flashy passes to set up teammates, Jennings must have not watched game tape of the last meeting, because he made no attempt to get Andrew Bogut the ball. Bogut abused Przybilla in December, yet he was only able to shoot the ball eight times and ended up with only 10 points against Juwan Howard most of the night.

    LaMarucs must read the blog, because he was en fuego tonight. The stat-line read 21 points (10-15), 7 rebounds, dropped 6 dimes, blocked 2 shots, and had 1 steal in one of his most well-rounded games of his career. He was doing it from inside, outside, and running the court. It was so refreshing to see the team continually feed him in the post and he was making legit post moves, and attacking his defender. Most o his points came on aggressive takes to the basket and not his patented fade-away. If we get this Aldridge consistently, then Roy has his 2nd option.

    Although it was a team win, with everyone contributing equally for the most part, two other players really stood out well. With his 15 points, on 6-10 shooting and 3-4 from deep, Martell Webster scored in double figures for the 7th straight game which is a career best. I really think a trade must be made to clear some space in the backcourt, because it is becoming clearly obvious that Webster really plays well when he can get into a rhythm and play good minutes.

    The other player who is like a fine wine that only gets better with age, no, not Juwan Howard, rather Andre Miller. Ever since Coach Nate finally handed him the reigns to the offense, Andre has been flourishing. Tonight was just another example of how well he has been playing. He scored 19 points (6-8), got to the line 12 times, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and committed only one turnover. Just as we talked about how poorly Brandon Jennings has been in his last 5 games, Andre has been he polar opposite. Scoring 17.6 points, grabbing 4.6 boards, and handing out 8.2 assists during his last 5. So many times when the shot clock is winding down, you can feel safe with the ball in Miller's hands because he will find a way to get to the line by sing his crafty, veteran pump fakes.
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 01/14/2010 11:02 AM

    Great game overall, my only gripe was that second unit not closing out the game at the end. They let the Bucks score almost 40 pts in the 4th i'm sure Nate didn't like having to put L.A. and 'Dre back in to stop the bleeding. Roy's hammy is a concern, but in a season full of injuries i would rather him miss some games to get it 100% or close to it than to have him strain it more and do long term damage. The crowd got loud when Rudy got to the press table, and if he would of hit any of those 3s he attempted that would of blew the roof of the Garden. Block party was in full effect as well and Jeff is getting good mins because of his play style that fade jumper to the baseline was oh so pretty!
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/14/2010 11:58 AM

    Well, to be fair to the players, when you have the crowd trying as hard as they can to not give a rip about the game as they did nothing but the wave for 15 minutes, it can be hard to keep the intensity.
    This season just keeps getting worse if Roy can't go against Orlando. He is listed as questionable for now. I really think we can beat the Magic if we had a healthy Roy, but everytime we seem like we are making some leeway in the playoff race, something comes up :(
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 01/14/2010 12:07 PM

    I will agree with you there, chanting for Chalupas for like 3 mins and the attempts of doing the wave was distracting while the Bucks were focused on making a rally. That wave was mainly going around the 300 level.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 01/14/2010 12:30 PM

    I can't believe we actually shot over 60% for the game! I hope we didn't waste it all on the Bucks, because we'll need it for the Magic.
    If Roy sits, I hope JB gets the start and the bulk of the minutes..he saved us in San Anton and he can do it again!
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 01/14/2010 5:57 PM

    Better get JBay in my Starting 5 just in case...
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/15/2010 11:56 AM

    Roy is listed as questionable still and will be a game-time decision. If Roy can't go, we need to give Jerryd the green light again just like he was given against the Spurs.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 01/15/2010 1:06 PM

    Would love for Roy to play since I'll be at the game tonight, but for the team's success down the line this year, it may be best if he sat this one out. Hamstrings are one body part you don't want to mess with as they will linger on forever.
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