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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/04/2010 10:56 AM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    Portland did nothing they were supposed to do last night in order to get a win in Utah. I didn't think the defense could get any worse than it was in Portland a week ago, but boy was I wrong. The Blazers allowed Utah to shoot a staggering 62.7% throughout the entire game as well as allowing 62 points in the paint. It was downright lazy defense, mainly played with their hands and not their feet, which gave the referees free reign to blow the whistle and Utah took advantage of and hit 29-32 from the foul line. There were numerous plays where guys would just stand and turn their heads, while a Utah player would cut to the basket for a slam dunk. It didn't look like we tried at all to disrupt their cutting lanes as there would be no resistance from the Blazer D. Utah did what they wanted to, when they wanted to, and how they wanted to all game long.

    "We weren't even close to stopping these guys," said Portland coach Nate McMillan. "It was poor defense all around. We didn't control the ball, which allowed them to get into the paint and drop it in for easy baskets. We were caught ball watching and guys were just cutting in behind us.

    Offensively, there really was no problem for the Trail Blazers, as they scored 105 points on 42.5% shooting and were aggressive enough to get to the line 28 times, knocking down 23 of them. It was nice to see a fire lit under LaMarcus Aldridge, as he took advantage of Andrei Kirilenko defending him. He battled down low for excellent post position and rarely settled for the turn around. The aggression paid off in the form of 15 trips to the foul line, but he still needs to work on his free throws as only 11 of them saw net. It was an impressive stat line, 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. The only thing he could have improved on was his field goal shooting. 8-18 is not a bad shooting night, but in a game where our offense was the only thing keeping us in it, we needed to see him not only hit a few more down low but take more shots. Without Roy, its perfectly acceptable for LMA to put up 25 shots a night. He got paid for a reason, so let's feed him the ball.

    Sometimes you just want to end the game before its over in fear of adding any more bodies to the injury list. Portland had two scares in the first half. First, Bayless went to the rack, double clutched the ball, and threw it down but landed on his left wrist. Thankfully, the X-Ray was negative and he returned, but the fall looked brutal and could have been season ending. If that wasn't enough to get your heart racing Blazer fans, then finding out Batum took himself out of the game mid-way through the 2nd quarter with shoulder pain was a punch to the gut. Arguably the most impressive and exciting Blazer this past week, Batum has been a reminder of how great this team can still be. Luckily, he returned to action in the second half, although noticeably grimacing. On the positive side of thing, the doctor did tell Nico he would experience some pain in recovering from the shoulder surgery, so hopefully it was just a normal occurrence.

    "They've got five of their players out," Sloan said. "Let's be honest about it. That certainly makes a big difference in who they are. You can't do anything about injuries. I think they've got a terrific team."

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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 02/05/2010 12:11 PM

    One of my biggest gripes about the Nate McMillan offense is the lack of movement. Why do we not send cutters to the hoop like the Jazz do? We send the ball down in the post and the other 4 guys just stand there on the perimeter. We could get so many more easy points and fouls if we would slash to the hoop and its not like we don't have the athletes to do this either.
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