Trail Blazers 93 Vs. Nets 111 Game Thread
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/25/2013 10:39 AM

    March 27th, 2013
    7:30 PM | Rose Garden Arena | Portland, OR
    Trail Blazers (33-37) Vs. Nets (41-29)

    What To Watch For

    Brooklyn's Big
    Brooklyn is a difficult team to peg. On paper, they have one of the more talented teams in the league, yet they post a pedestrian 41-29 record in a fairly weak Eastern Conference. One game their knocking off Denver and the next their falling to the Wizards, which is a little unusual for such a veteran team whose starting lineup boasts 43 years of experience combined heading into this season. But they pose a matchup problem inside against the undersized Trail Blazers. Brook Lopez is a true seven-footer who can score in the post and from the perimeter is the key to Brooklyn's success. When the Nets' guards target him as the focal point in the offense, Brooklyn is nearly unbeatable. When Lopez scores 23 points or more, the Nets are 12-3 on the season. Back on November 25th, Lopez scored a mere 15 points against a LaMarcus Aldridge-less frontline, but a lot of that could be credited to too many other players taking shots. Deron Williams took 13, Joe Johnson hoisted up 19, and for whatever reason Andray Blatche felt the need to attempt 11. In that game the Trail Blazers hung around in BK, even tying the score heading into the 4th before falling, 98-85. If Lopez gets going down low, there's not much the Portland defense can do. If Coach Stotts decides to put the taller, lengthier Aldridge on the Brooklyn big, it could make life tougher on Brook, but it could also use up a lot of LA's energy which we'll need on the offensive end as well. Watch the number of touches Lopez gets. If he's viewed as an afterthought Wednesday night, that could play right into Portland's hands. But if Brooklyn decides to feed him inside at every given opportunity, the Trail Blazers may need to send the double-team which could open up the court for their shooters. Also of note, the Trail Blazers will not catch a tired Nets team coming into the Rose Garden. Both teams played Sunday night and won't play again until their matchup on Wednesday.

    Bright Lights, Big Stage
    Needless to say, Damian Lillard loves playing on national television. Who can forget his 29 points, 7 assists, 6 rebound performance against the Spurs? And recently, his 26 point, 10 assist showing against the Knicks. Wednesday's game will be televised on ESPN and look for Dame to put on a show, especially against another top point guard in Deron Williams. The opening minutes of the game are crucial. Williams is one of the bigger point guards in the league and if he decides to go right at the rook from the jump, it is imperative for Dame to not get into early foul trouble. It'll be important for Lillard to get going early and often in order to get his rhythm going. With the way Nicolas Batum has been passing it lately, it will allow Dame to be more comfortable in looking for his own shot as Batum can act as another facilitator out there on the hardwood.

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 03/25/2013 7:19 PM

    We got this game. Nets can't handle us right now.
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    Posted 03/27/2013 9:18 PM

    wow horrible time to lose for a good draft pick and get rid of hickson he isn't helping us much at all and lopez and evans exposed our small ball front court 

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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 03/28/2013 12:45 AM

    I could have boxed out Evans better than that seriously I know he is a beast but 12 OREB by himself and 26 total. LA, JJ, and Meyers whoever was responsible for guarding him should be embarrassed because they was one of the most pathetic displays ever.

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 03/28/2013 1:38 AM

    Avoid the hot lava, don't jump in it. Our team lost focus tonight. Hopefully we get our swagger back next game.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. BDawg
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    Posted 03/28/2013 3:32 AM

    The last game of a long road trip is too often the first game back at home...

    Some personal observations.  Evans nearly had a double-double, in THE FIRST QUARTER.  He prompted an early time-out by Stotts and a counter for his impactfulness coming out of that time-out.  On the next possession, as the ball was released, Aldridge was bodied up on Evans and face-guarding him as the ball was claimed off the a Blazer.  Effective, and encouraging, however very short-lived.  In fact, that was the last time I saw that strategy used for the rest of the game.  Curious.

    Leonard played the last 6 minutes of this game needing just ONE rebound to notch a double-double of his own.  Seemingly, the Blazer rook was unaware, as he never seemed to step foot inside the 3-pt arc that entire time.

    As cmeese points out above, Hickson's ineffectiveness is as strong a case for a S&T as you'll find...a deal netting a competent 5.  I do believe, as I've said, the starters (including Hicky) were gassed.  Evans may help the Blazers in the long run, as he is essentially helping to set the market for what JJ and his agent, can expect.  That number is much lower than previously discussed on these boards.

    Just glad the Heat streak ended tonight.  Thank you Chicago!

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