Trail Blazers/Thunder Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/10/2010 11:39 AM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    Any time a team shoots 3-20 from downtown, commits 24 turnovers, and only gets to the foul line 14 times compared to Oklahoma City's 28 trips, it usually is a recipe for disaster and frankly, was amazing Portland held a two point lead heading into the 4th period in spite of it all. Once again without their superstar Brandon Roy, the Blazers went into a two lulls at the worst possible moments. Not unlike other recent home games, Portland got behind 2-15 before working their way back into the game. Heading into the 4th with a lead, another drought hit the Blazers and their lead turned into an 11 point deficit. Especially without Roy, but even with him in the lineup, a team that lives by the jump shot will die by the jump shot. Portland did outscore the Thunder 40-30 in the paint, but when the going got tough, all we settled for were jumpers. It just seemed like every move wasn't made with a purpose and the decision making was poor to be honest. I have no idea what is up with these guys lately, but the passing has been lacking in common sense and fundamentals.

    Durant ended up with 33 points but it took him 25 shots to do so and grabbed 11 rebounds as well. Batum played pretty good defense on KD, but when he is hitting his jumper, as he was in the 4th, there isn't much you can do about it. He doesn't attack the hoop as much as I would want my superstar to do, but when he did, he showed much more maturity from the last time I saw him play by drawing an additional defender and dropping it off for his big man to get either a dunk or foul shots. He definitely is an assassin on offense, but I still don't think he would have pushed this group over the top as his defense leaves a lot to be desired and do we really want another jump shooter?

    On the plus side, Dante Cunningham added a new career-high to his belt last night, going off for 14 points (7-12) and grabbing 6 boards in only 21 minutes of action. Dante was really the only Trail Blazer hitting from the outside, yet he played zero minutes in the 4th quarter when we were desperate for points. I can understand playing Howard if we were using him for his entry passes, because none of our guards were handling the ball well at all and the high-low was working to perfection in the 3rd, because they were front Aldridge all game long. But, we went away from the high-low, so why not bring in Cunningham to spread the floor? Role players like DC are exactly what this team will need for future deep playoff pushes and I hope he is a Trail Blazer for a very long time. Everything he does, from his hustle to his mid-range game, impresses me. He has an extremely high basketball IQ and sticks to his strengths and doesn't try to be someone he isn't out on the court.

    Portland is very lucky that CP3 went down for New Orleans and Memphis and Houston are struggling just as bad as we are right now, otherwise there would be no way we would even be in the playoff hunt right now. I urge all Blazer fans to not get too down on the team, even though they are in a funk. Once Brandon comes back, he will take over and be the leader/superstar that he is and lead us into the playoff chase, because he makes everyone's job on the court that much easier. I mean, don't give the team a pass for playing poorly, because there have been games over this 10 game stretch which we should have won, but it is tough to play without your best player for nearly a month.
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 02/10/2010 11:50 AM

    I think the emotional roller coaster which is the 2009-2010 season is finally taking its toll on the team. The All-Star break will give this team a much needed rest and time to reflect on the last few games as well as look to get a fresh start to the last half of the season. The good news is were still above .500 despite everything that has happened, Roy and Outlaw back very soon and we can possibly make a run and make the playoffs again this season. A win vs. the Suns at home would be nice to go into the break (never want to go into the break on a losing streak) Still looking for a solid game where we play our game haven't seen that in a while. Keeping the faith, and staying positive.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/10/2010 12:27 PM

    Unfortunately, the Suns game is in Phoenix, a place where we own a 9 game losing streak at :(
    Frankly, the AS Break can't come soon enough, we just need to re-charge the batteries and come out like gangbusters to finish the 2nd half of the season.
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  1. mario250775
    Posts: 197

    Posted 02/10/2010 1:48 PM

    Yes, Phoenix is favorite, but maybe we can win, maybe some player explode like Miller in Dallas ?. Maybe it will be Bayless ?
    I am a fan who till last minute of game believe in win.  I am also football fan and it is some saying : "while ball is in play , everythink is possible !" so Go Blazers, fight for win  !

    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
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