Blazers/76ers Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/20/2010 8:50 PM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    The Trail Blazers finally exercised some demons tonight by knocking off the Sixers 98-90, but at what cost? Brandon Roy gave it a go and it was a great effort, as he tallied 10 points (4-6), 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in only 18 minutes of action, but as he tried to explode off of the leg with the sore hamstring, he came up grabbing it. Roy is listed as day-to-day for now, but it is wildly expected that he will miss the final two road games at the very least.

    "We are going to have to look into seeing if we are going to rest him [Roy] the rest of this road trip," said Portland coach Nate McMillan. "We have to see if it's a pull or if it's just going to tighten up again."

    The two things Portland had to do tonight, hold Philly to under 45% field goal shooting and less than 45 points in the paint, they did. The 76ers came close to each mark but fell short by only shooting 43.6% from the field and obtaining 42 points in the paint. Elton Brand had another strong game with 13 points on 6-8 from the floor, but Coach Nate threw some great defensive schemes at him at the right time, most notably was Bayless leaving his man and doubling down. Aldridge also did a great job of not getting bullied in the post and controlling the backboard with 9 boards compared to Brand's 4.

    Back to Bayless, if Coach Nate gave out the mythical "game ball", he would definitely have to be the recipient. As soon as Roy went out near the end of the 1st half, all Blazer fans, players too, knew someone would have to step up in his absence. Known for his love of the limelight, Jerryd did not disappoint as he scored 18 points (7-12), handed out two dimes, and had three clutch steals all in only 21 minutes of action. The biggest statistic? Bayless dropped 16 of his 18 points in the 4th quarter, including a stretch of 8 straight points to put the Trail Blazers up for good at 79-73. I am a huge Jerryd fan/supporter, and these types of games are exactly why. He is always prepared mentally to take on all challenges and is fearless when taking it to the rim.

    A big thank you to the Blazers for proving me wrong. Aldridge showed up big time and carried us in the first half. In the end, he totaled. 23 points (8-13), 9 rebounds, and even dished out 4 assists as he is already in post-All-Star break mode. Also, it must have been sweet revenge for Andre Miller as he stuck it to his former team who really made no effort to re-sign him in the offseason. Dre, along with Juwan, were apart of a big 3rd quarter that saw Portland weather the Philadelphia storm. Really, since Andre was inserted in the starting lineup, his performances have been like clockwork and tonight was no different. Dre had a game-high 24 points (8-17) and 3 assists. He really flourishes in the open court and with the athletes we have on this squad, we should be looking to run nearly every opportunity.

    "We are forced to play up-tempo with all the injuries," Miller said. "With all the injuries, we have to play more aggressive on the perimeter."

    Finally, "You've got to make your free throws!" Portland did just that. They shot an amazing 22-25 over the course of the game, including 14-14 in the 2nd half and 9-9 in the 4th quarter.
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 01/20/2010 9:11 PM

    Another grind out victory, neither team played their best but our boys got key boards and key FTs in the last 5 mins or so to get the W. Saw the whole "where's Brandon in the 4th quarter" hot potato thing a few times in the 4th where Dre had to chuck some long 3s but it was a little better. Webester had a off game, and lost mins because of it, can Bayless play big consistently on this road trip? Roy just needs to get that healed up 100% how ever long that takes, if we drop a few, we drop a few deal with it and move on. BIG, huge props to Samuel Dalembert for going back home to help in Haiti AND make it to the game just in time.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/22/2010 11:58 AM

    I think for Bayless to be effective, Coach just needs to give him the green light and trust that he makes the proper decisions. With Roy out for a while, he really is our only player who can create his own shot and get to the basket.
    It was nice to see Rudy finally hit a few jumpers..but I think we'll need more of his passing to be successful, that no look to LMA was sweet!
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 01/22/2010 12:16 PM

    As much as it pains me to say, Marty was due for a shooting slump game. Hopefully, he can bounce back tonight though and show his recent hot streak was a sign of things to come and not just another streak.
    Big props to Dalembert as well..not only would his skills look good in the red and black, but his character would as well. He definitely "Makes It Better"!

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