Trail Blazers 136 @ Spurs 106 Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/06/2013 11:23 AM



    March 8th, 2013
    5:30 PM |AT&T Center | San Anontio, TX
    Trail Blazers (28-32) At Spurs (48-14)

    What To Watch For


    Playing Without Parker
    Some in the media have claimed that San Antonio's Tony Parker should get into the MVP conversation. After all, he has led the Spurs (once again) to the league's best record and has them on course for another deep playoff run. But on March 1st, the Spurs' MVP went down with a really bad ankle sprain, causing him to miss four weeks of action. The Spurs went on to win that game on the first of March against the Kings and the following contest as well -- a 114-175 drubbing of the Pistons. Yet both of those teams have been lottery bound for months now. Although the Trail Blazers' 8-21 road record is nothing to write home about, Portland does have some marquee wins away from home (New York, Memphis, Houston), so this will be San Antonio's first real test without TP. Against Detroit, it was the second-year man out of Texas, Corey Joseph who got the start but Patty Mills and Nando De Colo each played similar amounts. It will be critical for Damian Lillard to own this matchup Friday night. With Parker, the Spurs had the edge, but Lillard should be able to handle his own against the backups, especially considering he's averaging 24.5 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in two games against SA this year.

    Play Smarter, Not Harder
    The Spurs are a team that has consistently shot the ball efficiently from the field, free-throw line and from deep. Not to mention, they'll make you pay if you turn the ball over and this year is no different. San Antonio ranks 2nd in FG% (.488), 4th in 3-PT% (.381), 4th in FT% (.788), 5th in total turnovers forced (933), and 6th in Points off Turnovers (1080). As the numbers have shown, the Spurs rarely beat themselves, let alone at home where their 24-3 mark is tied for tops in the NBA. This means that the Trail Blazers must play smart, sound basketball. For Portland to take the season series from the Spurs, they must limit their turnovers, shoot over 45%, get to the line 20+ times and treat this game like a playoff game; every possession counts. In their 112-109 loss to SA back on November 10th, the Blazers gave up 57% shooting and allowed the Spurs 31 trips to the free-throw line. But during their 98-90 win on December 13th, the Blazers held the Spurs to just 45.8% shooting and found a way to take 88 shots compared to their 72. Defense, hustle, efficiency. Those are the three ingredients to a road win!

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 03/07/2013 7:49 PM

    Spurs like the corner 3. Do not leave your man. Stay focused and play hard. Let's get this W Blazers!
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. Nuno
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    Posted 03/08/2013 8:01 PM

    Big game!!! Awesome WIN!!!!

    I loved this game, i think Batum isnt 100% (he may be hurt) but everybody stepped up, Lillard 2nd half was something to remember, Aldridge and Hickson played well offense and defense, Mathews hit a lot of 3´s, and Maynor also had 20p and 6assist of the bench! Jeffries did a good job to. And even Freeland with just a 3 min, got 6p and 3rb. I hope Leonard and Claver are ok..

  1. BLASER
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    Posted 03/08/2013 8:19 PM

    huge game here 

    I am a fan of defensive man beasts
  1. riverman
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    Posted 03/08/2013 8:30 PM

    Great win! We can beat anybody!
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. BLASER
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    Posted 03/08/2013 9:36 PM

    we could of beat any team in the leage tonight the way we weren't missing anything out there 

    I am a fan of defensive man beasts
  1. BDawg
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    Posted 03/09/2013 1:34 AM

    Wow

    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. commontongue
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    Posts: 1864

    Posted 03/09/2013 10:02 AM

    Lillard ! Have a nice day. As you were.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 03/10/2013 8:04 PM

    Maybe the Blazers burned up too much awesome play in this game?
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
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