Trail Blazers 109 vs. Wizards 124 Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/13/2012 2:22 PM

    February 14, 2012
    7:00 PM | Rose Garden Arena | Portland, OR
    Trail Blazers (15-13) vs. Wizards (6-22)

    The Trail Blazers must have a short memory. After losing a heartbreaker in Dallas, in double-overtime to boot, Portland begins their last back-to-back-to-back stretch of the season, starting with the Washington Wizards at home. Their last tri-back ended with a respectable 2-1 showing and th Trail Blazers will look to not only match that but beat it this time around. And it all starts with the 6-22 Wizards. Washington is coming off of a 21-point road win in Detroit this past Sunday, but that was still just their second win away from the nation's capitol this season. The Rose Garden is a much different and more intimidating environment than the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    But, regardless of record, Portland must not overlook the Wizards with more formidable foes on the horizon (At Golden State, & vs. Los Angeles Clippers). We all saw what happened when the Trail Blazers didn't come out focused the last time at home -- the Rockets ran out to a 19-point lead and hung on to give Portland their second loss in a row at home. And again on Friday night in New Orleans where it looked as if the team were sleepwalking against the Hornets. Frankly, had the team been playing almost any other team, they would have lost. So what I want to see from this team is a killer instinct. Suck the life from the Wizards immediately and don't let off the gas. This team...these fans all need a blowout win to ease the pain of Saturday's loss against Dallas. 15-13 is definitely where Portland wants to be nor where they should be. And if not for anything else, get a blowout victory so players such as Wallace and Aldridge can get soem rest after playing over 50 minutes against Dallas as they head into the teeth of this three games in three nights stretch.

    One area the Wizards shine in, is blocks. As a team they are second in the NBA, swatting 7.61 shots per game. And they are led by JaVale McGee who is second in the league at 2.82. We all remember his block for the ages on Wesley Matthews last time these two met at the Rose Garden, and if the Blazers get sloppy with their shot selection, Washington can make them pay. Also, it will be very important to shoot well from the perimeter. If Washington leaves us open and we fail to connect, we can expect them to pack the paint all night long, making it tough for LaMarcus to operate down low on the blocks. The key to winning is good ball movement, leading to open Blazer outside shots. If they drop, Portland will be able to dump it into LA at will from there on out.

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 02/13/2012 10:21 PM

    After some time to rest and some good practice, I think the Blazers will turn the Rose Garden into a house of horrors for the Wizards.
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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 02/13/2012 10:51 PM

    I expect 5 on 4 basketball at some point in the game Javale will be on D while the Wizards are on offense. As for the game I'm gonna pass because we should win by 20+ and why do I want to watch a team that going to tease us so sorry Blazers I watch you wednesday.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/14/2012 5:59 PM

    Joe Freeman and Jason Quick are reporting that Nicolas Batum will start in place for Wesley Matthews
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 02/14/2012 6:37 PM

    Wow... I've been ranting on here that Nic should start at 2-guard. Either Nate spends time on these forums or he had the same thought as me. I've been saying start Nic AND Gerald. It's happening in about 22 minutes! Let's see how this goes.
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  1. bar24bis
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    Posted 02/14/2012 6:41 PM

    Yes! Finally! He should be playing 40+ minutes a game!
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  1. stacksfan2005
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    Posted 02/14/2012 9:05 PM

    typical blazers tonight cant hit a shot out of a time out suck on defense all stars get injured.

    the only thing you take from this game:

    SIGN NIC BATUM FOR WHAT EVER MONEY HE WANTS AND START HIM AT THE 2!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's aggressive and posterizing people like i always knew he could, almost made me forget we are going to loose 3 games this week
  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 02/14/2012 9:18 PM

    I haven't seen players afraid of a basketball like this since 5th grade. Why don't any blazers want to take a shot? They're trying to come from behind and they waste 20 seconds passing up shots then turn it over. When you agreed to play in the NBA... didn't you expect to touch a dang basketball?!
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  1. benh7777
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    Posted 02/14/2012 9:33 PM

    It's called poor coaching.
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  1. benh7777
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    Posted 02/14/2012 9:38 PM

    Or lack of confidence in your coach.
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  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 02/14/2012 10:33 PM

    Th proved many things to me, Batum and Wallace played strong and like the franchise players they are
    Matthews played eeee then disappeared
    Felton and Crawford were non existant and should be traded be cause they are not motivated at all
    williams and rhine played hard
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  1. jamsmashers
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    Posted 02/14/2012 10:33 PM

    Th proved many things to me, Batum and Wallace played strong and like the franchise players they are
    Matthews played eeee then disappeared
    Felton and Crawford were non existant and should be traded be cause they are not motivated at all
    williams and rhine played hard
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  1. sealer legion
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    Posted 02/14/2012 11:44 PM

    If the Blazers didn't sign him, that's going to be awful...
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  1. schwabbii
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    Posted 02/15/2012 9:46 AM

    I know I am gonna get torn up for this, but what if we started getting Babbitt some minutes? I know he has been sucking, but supposedly he is an amazing shooter and whenever he is in the shoot around, he nails his shots. Maybe he just needs some time and then we will get the sharpshooter we really need.
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  1. kenny c.
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    Posted 02/15/2012 10:28 AM

    I would agree schwabbii. Time on the floor brings confidence. Babbitt was the 16th pick in the first round, had good games in the Dleague, it would be nice if he could try and prove himself in actual game time minutes. After watching Lin in NYC do what he is doing it would be a bummer to be sitting on something similar. I know we picked him for a reason and hopefully not to just sit on the bench.
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  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 02/15/2012 11:13 AM

    First, thanks for finally starting Nic over Wes. Smart move. On a night when our starting 5 will include Batum, Wallace and Aldridge, we should have some serious power, multiple options of attack, and maybe some consistency in our offense.

    Jamsmashers, I don't even know where to begin with your statement... Batum could be considered a franchise player, but don't think we can call Wallace that yet. He has yet to even be here for a full season, and it's still open to whether or not he'll be leaving after this one. I'm just glad Mathews finally showed up at all, and I think bringin him off the bench is exactly what he needed. We'll see more from him soon. And as for Felton and Crawford needing to be traded because they didn't show up for this game... are you KIDDING? You think THEY were the problem last night? Were you watching the game? Lol...

    Also, no offense Schwabbii but Babbitt is without a doubt NOT the answer. Even with Crawford playing below his averages, Luke will never come close to Jamal unless he has a Lin-esque breakout!
    The real problem with our "sharpshooting" is too many of the players think they can be the one to do it! The only guys beyond the arc should be Jamal, and Nic. Maybe Elliot, and occasionally Mathews and Felton, but even those last 3 guards though should be cutting and driving to the hoop more than taking J's, because it will give them better open jumpers if the defense has to give space, as well as higher percentage baskets when they get near the rim, and with the half-azd jumpers they've been taking, we NEEEEED simpler, higher percentage shots from the guards.
    Gerald should NEVER be shooting 3's, or long jumpers. NEVER. NNNEVERRRRRR. His shot is the flattest, laser of a jumper since Andre. I don't care if that's his habit of shooting, he's a professional athlete and there is an undeniable technical advantage to jumpers (and freethrows) of putting arc on the ball. If he's learned to shoot flat, then it's time to correct his bad habit and raise his percentage, or stop being lazy outside and get to the basket like Crash should be. Every time. Nooooo jumpshots for Wallace.

    These guys need to go back to their individual skills on offense. Too often it seems like they're not sure what their role is. I feel like we're seeing our guys so much in their own heads about what the right play is (pass or shoot, drive in or jump out) that they're forgetting about team basketball, and that it doesn't come down to whether or not they can hit THAT specific shot. If there's not an obvious pass or lane, it does NOT mean you automatically need to drain the shot from where you're standing! That should be a last resort when all other plays have been exhausted.
    The most obvious example is when we're getting good ball movement, spreading the D, but then as soon as a guard (or Gerald) has a somewhat open shot (compared to trying to maneuver a lane), they rush a quick jumper that is at BEST a coinflip to score. Any coach out there (hopefully including McMillan?) would tell you that if your shots aren't falling, you need to SLOW DOWN and get better selection, not hastily put up shots any time you don't have a hand in your face. The more jumpshots we take, the more likely it is that we lose the game. That's not a pissed fan talking, that's BASIC basketball IQ.

    And once again, I feel like this has gotta come down to the coaching. It's not SOLELY Nate, obviously our players are having trouble too! But, if the players are making consistent mistakes for any number of reasons, our last hope is supposed to be that Coach will see the bad habits, the exhaustion, whatever is lacking, and direct our players on how to fix it.

    We NEED Nate McMillan to step it up and become the Coach that will hold these atheletes accountable, and force them to improve. Our players are so far below averages, it can't just be the individual players. Something is going on across the board... and our Coach needs to be responsible for finding it and fixing it. That IS the Coach's job, and right now it is absolutely critical for Portland.
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