Trail Blazers/Celtics Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/20/2010 1:53 PM

    Post-Game Thoughts

    How do you lose a game in which you shoot 40 free throws? For starters, setting a new franchise low for assists in a game with 7 certainly does the trick. If that wasn't appalling enough, Portland gave up 34 first half points in the paint, which lead to an 18 point halftime deficit. The Trail Blazers did better in the 2nd half, only allowing an additional 10 points, but what good does that do when you're shooting 2-12 from 3 and 33.8% from the field. The straw that broke the camel's back had to be the untimely turnovers. Somehow, someway, after falling behind by 20+ points, the guys scrapped back and found themselves down only nine with about nine minutes to go in the game. Rudy got the ball on the fast break and not once, but twice recklessly ran down two different Celtics, getting called for offensive fouls on both occasions, wiping away potential back to back three-point plays.

    "That's the best defense we've seen all season," Fernandez said. "We have to learn from the way they play."

    Hats off to the Celtics for playing physical, tough defense, even suffocating at times. By no means was this a "we beat ourselves" game, as Boston definitely put the clamps down defensively and never let up. They saw game tape of our previous win over the Clippers and in particular shadowed Webster the entire game, never even letting him attempt a shot until garbage time in the 4th quarter. As good as the Boston defense was, the Blazers offense was that bad. I've harped on the team for a while that isolation-style basketball doesn't work and tonight was prime evidence. 7 dimes, that's it! It seemed like every play down the court was an entry pass into Aldridge and the other four players stood around and twiddled their thumbs. Not only does this cut down on ball movement, but totally plays into the hands of a tired, veteran Celtic team who was playing on the second half of a back to back. It allows Boston to be the attacker on defense instead of reacting to our movement and passing.

    "I would love for everything to come together overnight, but that's wishful thinking on everybody's part," Camby said. "I still have to get familiar with the guys and get more time in practice and in game with those guys for us to be successful."

    No, it did not come all together for Camby and the Blazers in Marcus' debut. 2 points, on 1-5 shooting, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks is not what Marcus nor Blazer fans expected, but it will take time for the chemistry to occur on the court. The 3 blocks were excellent, but our poor defense allowed Boston to shoot 53.4% which negated his biggest strength, defensive rebounding. One thing I did notice was he is not the best man defenders, rather doing most of his damage off of the weak-side help. Joel and Greg may not have the stats Camby produces, but one thing which can not be quantified is how amazing they are at manning up the opposition's best post player. Portland fans should be thankful we have a legit 7 ft'er to fill in their void, but this year we are really seeing just how important and valuable Greg and Joel were and still are to this squad.

    In 35 minutes of action, Brandon Roy looked rather pedestrian again, going for 9 points, on 3-8 shooting, 4 rebounds, and only 1 assist. It is quite obvious his hamstring is still nowhere near 100%. No one outside of Roy knows exactly how healed it is or just how uncomfortable or painful it is to play on, but a couple of questions remain to be answered. First, by playing on a sore hamstring, if he risking further injury to his body which could put his future in jeopardy? Also, is Roy helping or hindering the Blazers while he is on the floor right now in his  current state?  Not unexpectedly, Roy looked non-existent on defense and too hesitant on offense for my liking. If the hamstring doesn't show signs of improvement soon, it may be best to just let him sit as future seasons are more important than this one.

    "I have to continue to try to get my rhythm, get a feel for what I can do out there," Roy said. "I've had a lot of time away from basketball. I'm still trying to find my way with this team. They've been playing good basketball, and I'm trying to figure out how I can get in there and help, and get back to where I was. It seems like it's going to take a couple of games, and this was a tough team to come back against. There's some soreness, but I've come to the point where it's going to be there, and I have to figure out how to play with it," he said.

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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 02/20/2010 4:54 PM

    The game had tones of that horrendous Thunder home loss where the opponent just out played us, but the C's have that clamp down D which makes it very difficult to make a comeback and in my opinion, is still an elite team dispite all the talk of them being "old". Lack of effort and energy again, in a game where Portland had a clear advantage going into the game and didn't capitolize early. All the credit goes to the Celtics for getting another big win on their west coast road swing. Whats more disturbing is that the Blazers had a chance to gain some ground in the tight Western Conference playoff race with teams above us losing. Camby is not to blame here, he will find his groove after he gets more comfortable, not sure who to blame when the whole team comes out flat and uninspired.

    I am a fan of RIP CITY > LOB CITY
  1. Ben Dover
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    Posted 02/20/2010 7:36 PM

    How often would we score 76 points with Durant at SF??................NEVER!!!
  1. Kim~
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    Posted 02/20/2010 8:25 PM

    This team will get better defensively. You can't expect a perfect first game from Camby, and Roy isn't playing like we are used to.

    Nice to see Ben back. ^^^   Will Blazer fans ever stop about Durant ?? Imo, Nic can slow him down. Still not that impressed with kd . Westbrook and Green add to the success the team is having.....

    Bring on the Jazz !

    I am a fan of scrapping !
  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 02/20/2010 8:58 PM

    Durant is a stud, theres no question about that but finding a legit 7 foot center is hard to come by. Theres no question Portland made the right choice. There will be a Durant type player in every draft, not too many 7 foot centers.
    I am a fan of RIP CITY > LOB CITY
  1. Ben Dover
    Ben Dover
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    Posted 02/22/2010 10:06 AM

    I've done a few things in my life that, if I had the chance to do over, I would certainly do differently. Yet we have hardcore, rose colored glasses wearing TB fans that will NEVER admit that taking Oden over Durant was a mistake. There are probably some fans that still think taking Sam Bowie was the right thing to do, after all, he WAS a center!!

    Kim will remember when, last year, people were berating my opinion saying things like "Don't even try to compare Durant with Jordan". Seems like I read yesterday that Durant is closing in on a scoring record of...................hmmmmm..............Michael Jordan??

    Being loyal is a fine attribute, but refusing to admit a mistake, is stupid.

    Durant is lighting up the NBA and Oden is injured............again.

    Time for a reality check.....Oden is never going to take the Blazers to a title, only to a hospital.
  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 02/22/2010 11:19 PM

    Its easy to call it a mistake now, Durant made his first All-Star game this year and our pick just barely played 82 games. Sure, if we had a do-over Durant would probably be wearing black and red, so would Jordan, and we would of tanked the 2002 season to get a shot at LeBron and on and on. Its been said that almost every GM would of taken Oden #1 overall that draft day. The team needed a center, and we took one. I'm not going to give up on Oden just yet he can still help this team, granted not how Durant helps the Thunder but he doesn't need to give us points, just D and boards, we have other players that give us scoring.
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