Trail Blazers/Spurs Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/05/2010 11:40 AM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    Without Roy and Bayless missing for most of the game, Portland still found a way to fight back from 10 down in the 3rd quarter to sweep the Spurs this regular season, 96-93. The Trail Blazers outscored their foes 30-19 in the final period to finally close out the 4th quarter strong, mainly with the help of Martell Webster, who scored 10 of his 21 points in the last 4 minutes of action, including a dagger three point shot which put Portland up 4 with 20 seconds to go. Marty was unconscious tonight from I-5, going a staggering 5-5 and 6-9 overall, en route to 21 points as well grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. Outside of his clutch three point shots, Webster was fouled on two occasions with little time on the game clock but calmly went to the line and knocked four in a row down to preserve the Blazer victory.

    “He [Webster] was huge for us," Aldridge said. "He made big shots. We always tell him be patient because we always end up coming back to him. He’s too good of a shooter to not use him. He was patient and late in the game, he made some big shots for us.

    Although Webster's buckets iced the game for Portland down the stretch, he wouldn't have been in that position had it not been for LaMarcus Aldridge carrying the team throughout the game. I spoke to early a while back about him coming into post-All-Star break form, but back to back 20+ point and 10+ rebound outings in dominant fashion have me re-thinking again. He was utterly devastating at times in the paint, doing work against both Antonio McDycess and Tim Duncan. With so many key people out for the Blazers, Coach Nate has had to lean on LaMarcus and rode the big fella for another 40+ minute ride. He tallied 28 points (12-22), 13 rebounds, and 3 assists. The one area he simply must improve on is free throw shooting, particularly in the 4th. He was a pedestrian 4-7 from the stripe tonight and missed two free throws with the team only up 3 with 1.3 seconds left. It would have been an unlikely heave for the Spurs to tie it, but due to those missed free throws, it still gave them a chance they should not have had.

    “Yeah, definitely my strongest fourth quarter. I [Aldridge] think I’ve had opportunities but I think that was my strongest fourth of finishing shots, getting rebounds, and then making the right passes. I’ve had some opportunities and I either missed the shots or I didn’t make the right pass, but tonight I did both.”

    Outside of not getting to the free throw line enough, 18 times was the official number but eight of those came with under 20 seconds to go as the Spurs were fouling for possession, Portland did everything they had to in order to win tonight. Not only did they hold the Spurs to 40 points in the paint, but got 38 down low as well. In addition, the Blazers held their opponents to 44% shooting from the floor, nearly 3.5% below their seasonal average, and ran the Spurs out of the building, outscoring them 16 to 3 on the fast break. Finally, we had to win the rebounding battle, and early on it didn't look very promising as the Spurs had multiple second chance opportunities within the first few minutes of the game. Portland rebounded, literally, strong to win the battle on the glass, 45-36.

    Now onto a subject that will certainly divide Blazer fans right down the middle, where being neutral is not accepted. Should Coach Nate loosen the reigns on Rudy's play or still keep a steady eye watching over him? I have a feeling this answer could change for me on a game by game basis. When he is running wild in the open court, making things happen, it looks genius to let Rudy be Rudy and at other times, not so much. Tonight was the tale of two halves. In the first half, he was brilliant in the open court, handing out assists on the break and finishing with utter ease and fluidity in the form of acrobatic lay-ins. While in the second half, he forced two difficult passes, that if even completed, do not put the person who received the pass in a position to succeed. At the time of the turnover, I did think he needed to have the reigns tighten a bit, but after sleeping on it, the only way Rudy will ever reach his pinnacle is to let him play his style. If he makes a couple mistakes in a row, then bench him for a while, but in the meantime, sit back and watch the show he has been putting on for us lately. You must takes risks to gain rewards.

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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 02/05/2010 12:16 PM

    Anyone know what happened to Bayless? I'll be devastated if we play the Lakers and both he and Roy can't go. I'm getting really tired of this injury bug junk. Everytime we get a player back, someone else goes down.
    I do give credit for us fighting, but man I can't wait for next year. One encouraging sign was Webster. In the past, he has had hot streaks then never regained that momentum. This year he has been able to sustain a pretty good level of play since the start of the new year and I really liked the big lineup we saw in the 4th with Dre, Batum, Webster, LA, and Howard.
    Also, can we never match Blake up again on Parker? Talk about a dissection.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. mario250775
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    Posted 02/05/2010 12:52 PM

    Good match for Aldridge and Webster and also other players.
    Webster is getting stronger player every game with his excellent 3 point shots.
    Now beat L.A. and then we can win next matches !!!
    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/05/2010 1:46 PM

    Man if we can go 2-1 over these next 3 games (LA,OKC,@PHX), we would have weathered that 10 game storm at 5-5 with no Roy for the majority of the game.
    I really hope Webster didn't use all of his ammunition against the Spurs, because we'll need him to be on fire again tomorrow night.
    Will you be able to watch the game Mari?
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  1. RedRudy5
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    Posted 02/05/2010 10:39 PM

    I agree everyone is going to have to maintain their focus and hit shots against the lakers. I'm not sure we will have Bayless or even Roy so everyone else is going to have to bring thier A game including the crowd!
    I am a fan of Turning this season around! Time to show some pride!!
  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 02/06/2010 8:10 AM

    LA hitting big 4th quarter shots?!? yeah, we need to see more of that from him. Way to go Martell for being clutch for us in the last mins. Our fans possess our players to All-NBA heights when the L*kers come to town GO BLAZERS!!!
    I am a fan of RIP CITY > LOB CITY
  1. RedRudy5
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    Posted 02/06/2010 11:43 AM

    Go Blazers! Beat LA !!
    I am a fan of Turning this season around! Time to show some pride!!
  1. mario250775
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    Posted 02/06/2010 12:03 PM

    I have posibility to watch live about 2-3 games for week with different teams, I watched Blazers two times this season. One of my dreaming is to watch live nba match of course the best in Rose Garden with of course Lakers.
    When You will be on today match (baecause of difference of time I will be sleeping) remember that during my sleep I will screaming BEAT LA, BEAT LA, !!!!!!!!!  

    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/06/2010 12:59 PM

    My Blazer/Laker game thoughts are up on the games page (blazer/laker icon at top right of screen).
    No Roy, but we get Bayless..lets make it 10 straight!
    Mari- Hope the team gives you something to be excited about when you wake up tomorrow!
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