Trail Blazers 77 @ Jazz 86 Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/30/2013 9:16 PM



    February 1st, 2013
    6:00 PM | Energy Solutions Arena | Salt Lake City, UT
    Trail Blazers (23-22) At Jazz  (25-21)

    What To Watch For


    Quick Start
    Playing in Salt Lake City has never been an easy task for the rest of the NBA, but especially for the Trail Blazers who are just 2-10 in their 12 trips to the Salt Palace since LaMarcus Aldridge's rookie year. Like Portland, Utah has a rabid fan base and they can smell blood in the water. If the Trail Blazers come out lackadaisical and turn the ball over, give up easy buckets or commit silly fouls, it will snowball and it'll happen in the bat of an eye. It's important for the Trail Blazers to weather the early storm and stay within striking distance early on. Portland can't win this game in the first 12 minutes, but they can certainly lose it if they don't come out of the gates ready. For this to happen, the Blazers must dump it inside to LA and play inside-out. 3-pointers are great, but the way you win on the road is by living at the line and controlling the paint.

    Rebound, Rebound, Rebound
    Utah has a massive frontcourt and a whole lot of depth to go along with that size. They feature four fantastic bigs -- Paul Milsap, Enes Kanter, Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors -- and have been known to stake their claim in the paint. It's imperative for not only JJ Hickson and Aldridge to win the battle under the boards, but the guards must help crash the glass. If Portland can win the rebound battle and hold Utah to under 10 second-chance points, chances of winning increase exponentially.

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  1. BLASER
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    Posted 01/31/2013 3:28 AM

    hopefully we can get the same aldridge we had against the mavs for this one don't think well get the same hickson that we got in that game cause I'm pretty sure we got that version of hickson because they had no real big man who could play any sort of defense at all lol 

    I am a fan of defensive man beasts
  1. BDawg
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    Posted 01/31/2013 10:05 AM

    If the postseason is the direction, this game is HUGE.  Take a look at the standings.  To get a full game on Utah would be nice.  As D mentioned, this game will be decided on the line of scrimmage...in the paint.

    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 02/01/2013 4:08 AM

    Gotta beat 'em. Gotta beat this team. They will have the same intentions. Serious division battle unfolding.
    Go get 'em Blazers!
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. Jonsey 37
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    Posted 02/01/2013 11:35 AM

    Kick Ass and take names later!  Take a lead early and keep it going til the end to win!  It would be sweet to win in Utah and bring it back to Portland Saturday for the second of the back to back!  Not to mention that would put us at 3 wins in a row!
    I am a fan of the Blazers! Rip it up Rip City!!
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 02/01/2013 1:21 PM

    Damian should have his way. Tinsley cant hold him and Mo Will is down. Foye at the 2 spot wont be able to contain Wesley. If we get them in early foul trouble, they'll have to rely on their bench,and if thats the case, we should crush them.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. riverman
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    Posted 02/01/2013 1:49 PM

    Take both these games in a row and we'll be looking up in the west
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 02/02/2013 12:22 AM

    Congrats bench you screwed us again the bench played an average of 14 minutes tonight and scored a whopping 10 minutes in over a quarter of play pathetic. Furthermore, the massive amount of minutes the starters have been playing are starting to take its toll. Batum is hurt as he was seen rubbing his wrist often between plays and Matthews went down with an ankle injury. 


    PS why did Pavlovic our best bench player get a DNPCD on a night where we needed additional bench minutes. Why is Luke Babbitt playing the four in a small ball lineup while we are getting pounded by Al Jefferson? Screw you Stotts.

    I am a fan of Getting Defensive Players This Summer.
  1. riverman
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    Posted 02/02/2013 11:39 AM

    I don't think Nic should be playing hurt. I don't think anybody on this team should be that tired given that last night was not a back to back. Tonight they might be. Luke Babbit needs to stop using games as 3pt practice sessions. The whole team needs to make layups. Shooting was horrible but this loss is not on the bench alone, JJ had 0 rebounds at halftime and even though Lillard made a game of it in the end, he didn't have a good first half. Our bench is a weakness and with Wes out and Nic hurt, it's going to be ugly...I don't understand why Pavlovic is not playing unless there is a trade in the works and they don't want to risk him getting hurt?
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
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