Blazers/Wizards Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/18/2010 8:32 PM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    What was the biggest key to victory? Intensity. Portland played like they thought it was 10 AM in the morning, especially on defense. It seemed like whenever Portland needed a stop, the Wizards would casually get to the rim at will. In the end, a team who has nothing to play for and doesn't attribute a low-post scoring threat tallied 46 points in the paint. A lot of the Blazers problems occur on the pick and roll. They simply reused to fight through the screen, which allowed guards like Randy Foye to have a field day from mid-range as he shot 6-10 for 19 points and also got to the line 8 times. When Foye wasn't shooting, the guards were finding Jamison on the switch and he ate the team alive, most notably Juwan Howard, who is simply not agile enough to keep Jamison in front of him. If it wasn't fighting through the screens, it was a lack of passion on the defensive glass. Whenever Portland needed a big defensive board, Washington simply out hustled us for it. Portland out rebounded them 39-33, but couldn't get the ones they needed.

    Guard Brandon Roy missed his second straight game due to a sore hamstring. Roy had all the plans in the world to go today but trainer Jay Jenson put a stop to any such idea. ``Jay and I didn't like what we were hearing, so we held him,'' McMillan said. ``I don't have any regrets about that.'' It was most apparent where Portland missed Roy the most and that was down the stretch. Washington outscored Portland 16-9 over the past 5 minutes and the Blazers jut couldn't find anyone who wanted to take the shots in the clutch. We had two possessions late in the game that ended up in prayers due to the shot clock being wound down, in a game where baskets were being traded seemingly all 4th quarter.

    Outside of a 2nd quarter drought and the last two minutes of the game, the offense was running about as good as you can ask for without your superstar. Andre Miller was the catalyst for every Blazer run and his 22 points and 3 rebounds certainly kept his recent trend alive of performing at an All-Star level. Dre was hampered with two early fouls, which could have been why Portland couldn't extend its very early 5 point lead, which would have been vital for Portland to get off to an early lead. Also, It was another outstanding performance by Aldridge with 22 points and 15 rebounds, 9 offensive, but personally, I don't think he got enough touches. Our guards need to find quicker, easier ways to get him the ball.

    I don't think there has been a season in recent history which there was such an emotional roller coaster. I've tried on numerous occasions to revisit my expectations and only hope to make the playoffs, but then we dominate teams like Orlando and Los Angeles and I start to envision home-court advantage for the playoffs or even winning the NorthWest division. Just when it feels like we can make a good run, that damn injury bug creeps up and bites us. There is no doubt in my mind we destroy the Wiz with a healthy Roy, but he couldn't go and we lost an extremely crucial game. You can't keep losing to teams that Portland has been losing to (Warriors, Grizzlies (X2 at home), Wizards) and expect a top seed in the playoffs. This loss was a punch to the gut and with the nagging Sixers on the horizon, this road trip could be off to an 0-2 start. All I want to see next game is some defensive intensity!
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  1. blazerfanatic7
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    Posted 01/19/2010 12:51 AM

    Great article! Just when I felt confident Portland could win without Roy, we start our road trip with a crucial loss. I couldn't see the game because as I said in my blog I live in the Bay Area, but I was not expecting to lose to the Wizards. The last thing the Blazers need is inconsistency as you stated with the key losses to Golden State, Memphis, and Washington D.C. Some players really came through and yet it wasn't enough, I'm not sure what to expect until Roy comes back!
    I am a fan of LaMarcus Aldridge the All-Star!
  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 01/19/2010 1:25 AM

    The team has proven to me they can: 1) win games with the make shift line-ups they have. 2) win without Roy. But this loss, and some of the other losses mentioned hurt when you know the team can play better and should of played better. For a team like the Wiz, who's trying to salvage a season of controversy and really aren't going anywhere right now the Blazers should of taken advantage. LMA had another beast of a game, Bayless played better, but the bench I felt didn't come through. The switching on the pick really irritated me considering it wasen't working, and the overall lack of energy. Tough one to swallow but we move on. I find it odd also how many Blazer fans are in the D.C. area...
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/19/2010 10:27 AM

    You're right, I completely forgot about the bench and for good reason, they were forgettable last night. Outside of Jeff's baseline shot, I can't remember a bench point. Did Dante even play? Rudy really needs to start heating up, because he has been ice cold since returning.
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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 01/19/2010 11:24 AM

    Ugh, that was a huge loss, playoff position wise. I'm afraid if we don't trade Rudy soon, he will have no trade value. He has been subpar all year long. On the plus side, Webster still continued to have another good game. The longer this shooting goes on, it moves from fluke to consistency.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 01/19/2010 12:36 PM

    I'm giving Rudy a few games to get back into the flow, true he didn't start the season off well but I think the back injury was messing with his game.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/20/2010 1:31 PM

    I hate to say this, but I'm not a big fan of our Euros playing hard overseas during the summer. The Olympics I can understand, but it seems like they have a tournament every summer. They are just getting too hurt and worn out before the season starts.
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 01/20/2010 3:20 PM

    I guess it depends really, if/when we go deep into the playoffs and the post-season it will take its toll on the body. If it was me I would us it to refine my game and maybe try some things I wouldn't normally do in the NBA, or work on one aspect of my game (take more mid range jumpers or look to pass more). I think Batum is not sure if he will play this summer for France I say just wait for the olympics your a pro and need to rest your body.
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