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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/02/2012 7:25 PM

    He cannot play good at home only.  1 Rebound +/-  19.  Just an overall crapy game form our $45M Player.

    HIS MO is to Disappear.  this time he did it for entire game.  Same MO, just more Money!
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 11/02/2012 7:51 PM

    Inconsistency is what I spoke of in the Laker thread. Nic not being a triple threat 3 in this league means he will have games like this one, going 1-11 from the field. This Blazer team needs more from their starting 3, and Paul Allen needs more bang for his buck. Another trend I would like to see Batum break is his disappearing act in the second half of games. Even with his occassional strong first half (Laker game an example) he all but disappears down the stretch in the third and fourth. Been saying it for years, this team needs a creator off the bounce. Not alot of starting SFs in this league making the coin Nic is now that can't create for themselves and others off the dribble.
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/02/2012 8:14 PM

    As I have said he a previous thread. WE PAID HOW MUCH FOR BATUM?
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  1. cmeese47
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    Posted 11/02/2012 11:27 PM

    He was aggressive and looked awesome against LA and terrible tonight against OKC. So annoying.
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  1. schwabbii
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    Posted 11/03/2012 12:29 AM

    Why does it not surprise me that BlazerManiac was the one to post another thread about Batum and how poor he played? He played poor. I admit it. He also played against one of the games best small forwards. He will have better nights. Get over it.
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/03/2012 8:04 AM

    Posted By schwabbii on 11/03/2012 12:29 AM
    Why does it not surprise me that BlazerManiac was the one to post another thread about Batum and how poor he played? He played poor. I admit it. He also played against one of the games best small forwards. He will have better nights. Get over it.


    Your quote has a similar ring to our current President who blames others for his poor performance.  So what, if he played aginst one of the best small forwards, he has a four year career of inconsistency.  To educate yourself, read this article and quit drinking the Batum Kool-aid.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/i...r_cha.html

    He admitted it finally in this article:

    “This is the worst shooting night in my life ... and when I don’t have my shot, I stop playing. It’s my biggest weakness,’’  He is geeting paid paid $45M over 5 years.  As the article says everyone has bad nights.  Batum has a history of not showing up.

    So what the heck is he going to do about it.

    He disappeared in the second half of the Laker game, but up 20 points in the first half and had only six in the second.  So whhat was his excuse there?

    NOTHING WOULD PLEASE ME MORE THAN FOR HIM TO BE NAMED NBA'S MOST IMPROVE PLAYER. 

    Here is the complete article!

    Blazers Insider: The Book on Batum adds another chapter of inconsistency

    Published: Friday, November 02, 2012, 9:47 PM Updated: Saturday, November 03, 2012, 12:43 AM
    BATUM-BLAZERS-011612.jpgNicolas Batum did little to help the Blazers during Friday's 106-92 loss at Oklahoma City. In his second game after signing a $44 million contract, he had 3 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists.
    OKLAHOMA CITY _ It was a dreadful game Friday by Nicolas Batum. Three points. One rebound. Two assists. One basket in 11 attempts. Thirty-seven minutes of virtually nothing.

    He had disappeared in the pile of dollar bills the Trail Blazers heaped upon him this summer. Worst yet, it was just like his critics always said: Great one night; a ghost the next.

    So when Batum saw me coming to his locker after the Blazers’ 106-92 loss to Oklahoma City, he threw towel over his head and tried another disappearing act.

    “You know what everyone is saying,’’ I asked open ended.

    He swore in frustration underneath the towel.

    “Yeah, I know,’’ he said, his words muffled. “I know.’’

    “What are they saying?’’ I asked.

    “They are going to say ‘Consistency,’’’ Batum said, finally ripping the towel off his face.

    It was the most Batum had been on-point all night.

    Players have bad nights. Happens all the time. But when it comes to Batum, this isn’t an isolated incident. It’s a trend, and has been throughout his first four seasons. Last year, he scored 33 against Denver, then followed with games of 13 and 10. He had 24 against Memphis, followed by a 9-point game against the Lakers. Six points against Dallas after 20 against the Nets. Seven against the Spurs, followed by a 29-point game against Houston.

    The difference now is $44 million. That’s the stunning contract Batum signed this summer. In past years, when his capricious play would dot the stat sheet, it was easily masked. Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge or Gerald Wallace were usually there to save the day. But now that Batum makes the big money, there comes big responsibility. If he continues to fade in and out of the picture, this franchise will be crippled. I believe the term general manager Neil Olshey uses is ‘pregnant” with a contract. Think Darius Miles.

    To his credit, Batum on Friday was professional and accountable. He was humble and he was honest.

    “This is the worst shooting night in my life ... and when I don’t have my shot, I stop playing. It’s my biggest weakness,’’ Batum said. “I’ve got to work on that. And I have to realize the game is different this year for me. It’s not about my contract - I don’t care about that - it’s about my teammates. If I play good tonight, we win the game. That’s on me.’’

    Luckily, Batum is in the right environment to grow. Not much is expected from this team, so every shot, and every performance won’t be under a microscope. And his coach, Terry Stotts, is a nurturing, and calming sort, and judging from Friday’s postgame, a patient one too. It didn’t take long for him to smell the dogs coming after Batum, so he quickly tried to divert the scent.

    “After one game, I’m not going to go crazy,’’ Stotts said. “No one necessarily had a great game. We lose to the Western Conference champions on the road, in their home opener, so I’m not going to overreact to that. There has to be a body of work for me to overreact one way or the other.

    “Look, everybody loved him after the LA game, and I don’t think everybody wants to pile on him now after losing a tough game on the road,’’ Stotts said. “I don’t think that’s fair. I don’t think that’s fair. Let’s get into the season. And the contract, to me, is as much for what he has done in the past as it is what he is going to do in the future. I think we have to realize he is not a finished product yet.’’

    Batum said he will learn from this game. He said he was too consumed with scoring on Friday night, setting a goal of scoring between 25-to-30 points. He said he realizes that if he is not scoring he has to make an impact with either his defense, rebounding or passing. And he said he knows the critics will be throwing daggers.

    “Two days ago, I was the king of the world. Tonight, I’m the worst player in the world,’’ Batum said. “That’s the NBA. If you start to pay attention to all the things around you, and what people are saying, you are done. I know I played a bad game. I know people are going to talk. Now, the thing is, I’ve grown up. I know what people are going to say. But I know I’m not going to play bad again. So this could be a good thing for me, that it happened in the second game of the year.’’

    Before he reached the locker room after Friday’s game, veteran Jared Jeffries reached him. He told him that even Carmelo Anthony had bad games. LeBron James had bad games. The beauty, Jeffries told him, was that the Blazers had to wait less than 24 hours to play again. On Saturday night, the Blazers will tipoff in Houston.

    “I have to move on,’’ Batum said. “I do not accept this. I am (upset), believe me. And I know people are going to talk. But I can’t control that. All I can control is what I do on the court. All I can listen to is the people in this locker room. And they came to me and said, ‘Hey, we have another one tomorrow and you will be good tomorrow.’ That’s why I love my teammates.’’

    It will be another chapter in the ongoing saga of Batum in Portland. The book so far has been one of inconsistency. As Stotts staunchly defended his 23-year-old forward Friday, I told him of “The Book” on Batum.

    “Well, I haven’t read ‘The Book,’’’ Stotts said with a smirk. “And I don’t know how it ends. So ... we’ll see how it goes.’’



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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/03/2012 9:19 AM

    Word of advise to Nico, if the 3 isn't falling, try driving the lane and dunking the ball! Horrible performance by half the team but Nico was terrible last night. I thought the bench came in too early and Wesley sat too much last night. We need Ronnie Price at the backup pt guard like now!
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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 11/03/2012 7:45 PM

    So who disappeared Tonight?  you guys need to fallback on this man, he knows what he did was unacceptable in OKC and he learn from it because he bounced back tonight and was one of the reason we won tonight. You learn and you grow everyday and he realized that he can do other things to affect the game and he did that tonight.
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  1. The Unholy
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    Posted 11/04/2012 5:23 AM

    not to make excuses for batum having a bad game but this attitude is getting a little worn for my taste. why are fans more worried about contracts than how to fix the actual problem? nico even apologized which is something i wouldn't really agree with but hey when the fans tell players to "step your shit up" because they pay big bucks...i mean come on. i can't believe the pompous attitudes some fans have. they act like they own the player because they have season tickets? 
    one thing i've noticed about blazer fans in particular is that when one person says something negative at least 10 others echo it. it's unoriginal and pointless. is it just me, or does anyone else see this? especially on oregon live. we get it already. so what is up with the batum hate?
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  1. The Unholy
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    Posted 11/04/2012 5:26 AM

    sorry for the rant. i just dont like being misrepresented as a fan cuz some douche has a high and mighty attitude.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/04/2012 8:48 AM

    Nic looked like Scotty Pippen in Houston. First of all, I'm a Nico fan and want him to retire in a Blazer Jersey with a championship ring. It's a team game and inevitably guys are going to disappear once in awhile. I have no problem with his paycheck. We paid Gerald Wallace and Marcus Camby a lot of money to play here. That's not our call as fans. It is our call as fans to say what we think game by game about the teams play night in night out. Same in all sports. That's why they're called fair weather fans! I've stuck with the Blazers throughout coaching changes and roster changes since the 70's. I still cheer for them every game. If I'm guilty of really questioning a player's value on this team it would be Nolan and Luke. I'm sure they're really nice guys and liked by the players and coaches but...those two I just don't get. Nic Batum is a top tier player in the league and his defense last night won that game along with Wesleys. That's my rant.
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/04/2012 11:40 AM

    After OKC, he admitted he quits playing after his three's are not dropping.  At least now he is admitting he has a problem with inconsistency. Yes I agree he played great in the second half & OT, but that is only one game,  The key here is for him to be consistent and only time will tell.

    I agree with riverman, he is so quick, that if his three's are not following he needs to drive the lane.

    CarlJ1 - I want him to to retire in a blazer as rimerman has said, but more importantly, he needs to show up and play for more than just one game or one half.  If Batum plays 80% of the time, like he did last night I will get off his ass.  After being a life long blazer fan since when they came into the league in 1970 and having sason tickets from 1970 to 1991 when I move to So Cal, just to clarify I am not a fair weather fan.

    If a player gets a large contract, I expect them to earn it.

    If I performed in my profession at the level Batum does, my ass would be fired.

    I am a Batum fan and more importantly a Blazer fan, but I expect more out of him then the Batum Kool-Aid drinkers

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  1. schwabbii
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    Posted 11/04/2012 11:53 AM

    Oh please BlazerManiac. Give up the whole "I love nico but..." Every word that comes out about Nic has been negative and about the only post I see you make on here is negative solely towards Batum. You say I drink the kool-aid? I think someone is drinking the haterade and it gets really annoying. I watched the okc game and he wasn't simply incapable of hitting the three ball but any ball. He tried driving it and it didn't work out for him. Just like any player, he had a bad game, which he admitted. Yet you watch the games that have went on thus far and he has helped this team tremendously. The kid had 6 steals, 9 rebounds and 17 points last night for heavens sake! All of your assumptions are being made from a shortened season where the whole team was trying to figure out how to play the "without Brandon Roy" offense. But I guess playing one poor game against the Western Conference Champions is unacceptable for a player who is still getting into the swing of things by the first three games of the season.
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  1. kenny c.
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    Posted 11/04/2012 1:28 PM

    It's a long season, lets wait until the the all star break to see if he can become consistent under Stotts system.
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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 11/04/2012 1:56 PM

    He played pretty good against Houston. 17 points,9 boards,6 steals and he did have some assists too. So pretty good game.Everyone has bad games,it happens.They probably woulda beat OKC if he played decent, but ohh well shit happens,he's better then Greg Oden or the kid we traded to memphis to get him in 2008
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/04/2012 3:33 PM

    It is not just me.  Read the Articcle read BDAWGS post. The article gives the best analysis anywhere of his performance.
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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 11/04/2012 5:15 PM

    Batum can Ball.Blazers needed to resign him,we got no bench whatsoever,so imagine who would be starting without him
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  1. schwabbii
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    Posted 11/04/2012 5:29 PM

    That's an opinion just like yours BlazerManiac. Yes, he was inconsistent. Everyone was inconsistent and underdeveloped when it came to the squad coached by Nate McMillan. Its just a bit sad that you have dedicated 3 to 4 posts directly to Nicholas Batum and how he "sucks" and underachieves. I'm more then willing to be critical of a player, but not when it makes no sense to be critical 3 to 4 games into the season.
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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 11/04/2012 5:53 PM

    Batum can shoot,defend,rebound,rip the ball,he can even pass sometimes,not bad for a guy nobody knew about in the draft,when we traded Darrel Arthur for him everybody said that was a dumb trade,where's darrel arthur now? So he's pretty good when you consider,and yeah 45Mil is alot but,whateve,blazers gotta have some ballers to at least compete after that traitor Brandon Roy skipped town to play in Minnesota where the average woman weights 200 pounds or more.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/04/2012 9:06 PM

    What excites me the most about this starting lineup is that on any given night we can have a different high scorer. It's what makes TEAMS great and Nic, Wes and JJ are above average defensive players, Damian and LA are above average offensive players. Yeah, our bench is unproven and really young and inexperienced for the most part but I think when Price gets healthy he'll really shore it up and make a difference. We're a new team from top to bottom and expect the first half of the season to be one of acclimation. It's not like the Celtics with Doc still there and the same core or the Spurs. We have a brand new team and even our returning players will have a learning curve here. I like the direction though. Barton, Price, Pavlovic, Leonard, Freeland and Jeffries all have NBA games or potential to contribute..the other 2 guys, not so much
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/04/2012 9:09 PM

    I forgot to add Claver to the list of potential contributors, now that leaves the other 2 guys to keep chairs warm.
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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 11/04/2012 11:52 PM

    @ BlazerManic - Oh don't get it twisted I want Batum to earn his money and be consistent as well but, at the same time you have to realize this is a new role for him he went from being one of the spokes on the wheel to being one of the main guns he learning and understanding that if he doesn't perform well this team won't be successful unlike in years past we had other players step in when he didn't preform well, he know that he can't hide anymore so I suggest we take kenny c. advice and wait till all star break and see where he's at.

    I'm confident that Batum not only will be one of the most improved players in the league I think he has a chance to make the all star team, we just have to have patience I know some will have more patience than others but, this is our guy and we have to have faith that he going to be the player that we know he can be.
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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 11/05/2012 9:55 AM

    I believe Lilard is our all-star this year
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/05/2012 7:43 PM


    Where oh Where did Batum go in the second half?  +/- is 1 15.  No where to be found in the second half.  Where was the Batum we hoped for in the game at Houston!
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  1. schwabbii
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    Posted 11/05/2012 8:16 PM

    Keep drinking the haterade man. Keeping enjoying. You will find what you want to find. I mean, last time I checked this was a team game. But I guess you would like the Roy offense back.
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/06/2012 6:36 AM

    Like I said, I want Batum to succeed and I do not hate any Blazer (pull your head out), you must not be able to read. 

    You are right this is a team game, however when you have one key player (as you Batum lovers admit, he is a key player) of the game disappears when they need him, and from history, last season (oh yea it was a shortened season and all of the other excuses you can think of) and four games into this season, nothing has changed.

    All Blazers fans can admit, than Batum is our number 2 guy behind LA.  If Batum is there and consistent like Houston, we win, if he disappears we lose.  I cannot say it any plainer than that.  

    What made LA so successful as a number 2 behind Roy is that face that 90% of the time he showed up and played.  With Batum I would be happy with 75%.

    When Roy went down two seasons ago, LA stepped in and played some ball.  God forbid if anything happens to LA and we have to rely on Batum.

    This team is a playoff contender, I really believe that.  I have been evaluating BB Talent most of my life.  They are young, talented, play with passion, however with that being said, the two key components of the team need to be there.  LA is Mostly if not always there.  Batum, well the jury is still in deliberations.  I hope I am proven wrong, for the Blazers sake, and if he steps up consistently and does not disappear in the game, I will be the first to admit it.  He has a long way to go to be at the same level as LA was when this was Roy's team.

     
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  1. schwabbii
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    Posted 11/06/2012 5:39 PM

    How can I not read? The fact of the matter is that no one on the blazers developed until Roy went down and Nate left the team finally. To say that Batum is inconsistent would be the truth, yet everyone on this roster has been inconsistent. Why is that? In my opinion, it's because the blazers relied on Roy too much and the players who didn't get a chance to develop properly, suffered because of it. Now you can say that a shortened season and such is an excuse, but no one looked good last season and Nate didn't know how to make his team better. Say all that you want, but posting a new thread about a player every time he has a poor game is ridiculous. I'm fine with critiques but this is above and beyond. I honestly don't think Batum is the #2 player on this team either. If you really evaluate things, wouldn't you cringe a bit more to see lillard go down then aldridge? I certainly would. But maybe you are a Nolan fan, I don't know. Either way, I feel like this argument will go on forever. So I'll let it be until the next Batum post.
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  1. The Unholy
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    Posted 11/07/2012 10:12 AM

    im wondering if all the criticism going to batum is because most people look at him as a 2nd option behind lamarcus, which i dont agree with. the whole point of motion offense is hitting the open man for easy buckets. so it's not about 1st and second options. however, lamarcus is considered a 1st option because he's proven he can get his points consistently and no team can really stop him. so while anybody can score points its important to work lamarcus into a rhythm and then hit the open shooters. batum just needs to be comfortable playing in the offense and embrace his role. so while you could call LA a first option i wouldn't call batum a second because motion offense doesnt work like that, and that's fine. i think after they build more chemistry they can be a scary team. think about it, any player can go off for 25 points on any given night, only question is will it be nic, LA, wes, jj or dame? hopefully batum realizes this cuz i think he may be putting too much pressure on himself. he just needs to get out there and play his game and quit trying to be kobe.
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  1. CarlJ1
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    Posted 11/07/2012 5:44 PM

    Agreed Unholy the reason why fans thought Batum was going to is the 2 option is because of the 45 mil he got and I like how you broke down of how the offense is aiming to be because you can't just focus on one player when you have players who can go 20+ on any given night unlike the old way where all the other team had to do was focus on Roy and then later LA and then we couldn't score to save our life.

    I think people is just have to accept that some fans are going to criticize Batum no matter what I just let it be because your not gonna change their mind and like you said Unholy it up to Batum to block the criticism and play his game.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/07/2012 6:00 PM

    The reason BAtum was tagged the 2nd option was that we did not know how well Wes, Damien and JJ were going to play. It doesn't matter who's the high scorer, it matters who wins the game. Also people forget the learning curve with a new coach and system. It's not second nature to flow with the motion assignments that Stotts wants from the team. When it's second nature, we're going to see all the starters playing a smoother game without over thinking.
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  1. flyroy69
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    Posted 11/08/2012 8:44 AM

    I totally agree with that statement! Out of one corner of their mouth comes I'm a Nico Fan, and the other side is a bunch of whining and complaining and comments about salary which sounds just like the entitlement generation! Perhaps he should run for president, as this appears to be the kind of BS that can get you elected!
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  1. knorton181
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    Posted 11/08/2012 1:54 PM

    Batum is good, real good.

    This forum title should change to "Batuuuumm, that ninja nice"
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 11/08/2012 4:12 PM

    it is, after all, Paul Allens money. I think he's shown he's not afraid to spend it and I can name a boatload of players who've had max contracts that I'd never trade Nic for. We now have the number 1 offensive production in the NBA from our starters. After 4 games  we lead the NBA..somebody's doing something right
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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 11/08/2012 10:31 PM

    23 Points 9 rebounds 5 Assits 3 Steals 1 Block
    Pretty good 
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/09/2012 6:19 AM

    Posted By riverman on 11/08/2012 4:12 PM
    it is, after all, Paul Allens money. I think he's shown he's not afraid to spend it and I can name a boatload of players who've had max contracts that I'd never trade Nic for. We now have the number 1 offensive production in the NBA from our starters. After 4 games  we lead the NBA..somebody's doing something right

    Your right it is Paul Allens Money he can spend it any way he wants it.  Stotts coaching style is why we have the number one offensive production, he was trained under George Karl, but he better figure out a way for the team to move up from the bottom of the defensive ranks if they want to make the playoffs.
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  1. knorton181
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    Posted 11/09/2012 12:10 PM

    ^ Lack of a true starting Center makes a big difference Hopefully leonard keeps playing well and makes it into the starting lineup
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  1. Reggie Lucenara
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    Posted 11/09/2012 8:01 PM

    atleast batum is better than other players. if we can just add a good player in the paint. Because we still need a post up physical presence inside thats what were lacking. atleast batum is better, if you replace him whos are you gonna replace? blazers just need to add some pieces to become stronger
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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 11/10/2012 10:22 AM

    Batum Rocks,He's the closest thing to Pippen I love his game baby!
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  1. Tycoon
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    Posted 11/10/2012 2:14 PM

    Posted By Siccolo on 11/08/2012 10:31 PM
    23 Points 9 rebounds 5 Assits 3 Steals 1 Block
    Pretty good 

    Yehh buddy!

    I love this kids game almost as much as I love Lillard's game.

    He's only 23 years old, give the guy a break. He's still improving and learning. That combined with a new team, new offense, new everything basically, will take some time for not just him but the whole team to get in the groove of things.

    Once that happens though.. Watch out!
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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 11/10/2012 2:41 PM

    Whats the point of creating a thread about how inconsistent Batum is????? Not like he is going to see it and go beast mode in every game. Stop hating we get the your point. You want him to play great every game because he is capable to.  We can say this about every player
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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 11/12/2012 7:02 AM

    Hey I am man enough to say, when Batum played a great game and the last two were awesome.  SO that is two in a row.  I am a skeptic about his talent, he is a good player at home (and needs to continue to develop his game in the second half when the game is on the line).  Just looking forward to him proving me wrong on the road.  As I have said, I hope he does.  I really do.

    If he continues to play like he did the last two games more consistently, I think next year or the year after that we are looking at an all star.  The key is, he needs to play like he did the last two games on the road and over all if he could give us 3 out of 4 games like that thru the season, we will be a playoff contender.





    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. uprised
    uprised
    Posts: 136

    Posted 11/12/2012 3:31 PM

    I think the point is this is Batum's what, 5th season in the NBA?  There is a never ending stream of excuses for why he's so inconsistent.  Youth, minutes, experience, other players, coaches, systems etc. have all been blamed.  Those are all valid to some degree, but it's think it's natural that fans wonder why his paycheck has gone up so much when his play has improved ever so slightly.  What's annoying honestly is homers who will never admit that Batum is underperforming to both his potential and his paycheck.  As a 4+ year vet with a big time paycheck we have a right to expect more.

    All that said, when he's switched on, he looks much better than he has in recent seasons.  
    I am a fan of winning
  1. stacksfan2005
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    Posts: 363

    Posted 11/12/2012 4:43 PM

    Batum had his break out game of his career against the spurs, not only was he aggressive, but he demanded the ball and completely took over in crunch time. you can't be mad at him for missing the last 3. he took over and that confidence has been the only thing missing in his game. he was driving in and taking it to the house, i loved it, keep it up nicco!
  1. D Licious
    D Licious
    Posts: 199

    Posted 11/13/2012 8:04 AM

    some people live in the past and some choose to live in the future

    the future is bright and we got him at a bargain... time to move on and enjoy the ride




    I am a fan of Billy Ray Bates
  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posts: 777

    Posted 11/13/2012 12:05 PM

    Posted By uprised on 11/12/2012 3:31 PM
    I think the point is this is Batum's what, 5th season in the NBA?  There is a never ending stream of excuses for why he's so inconsistent.  Youth, minutes, experience, other players, coaches, systems etc. have all been blamed.  Those are all valid to some degree, but it's think it's natural that fans wonder why his paycheck has gone up so much when his play has improved ever so slightly.  What's annoying honestly is homers who will never admit that Batum is underperforming to both his potential and his paycheck.  As a 4+ year vet with a big time paycheck we have a right to expect more.

    All that said, when he's switched on, he looks much better than he has in recent seasons.  

    Finally someone who is willing to speak the truth.
    I am a fan of WES, the heart and soul of the Blazers.
  1. riverman
    riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 11/13/2012 5:17 PM

    Batum is playing at a very high level...he had one off game. I would'nt trade him for many max contract guys and if that means I'm a "HOMER?" It used to be called being a fan. What bothers me most is hearing people throw players under the bus whenever they have an off game. This season is really new territory for coaches and roster and I think some patience is deserved by a team that's trying to develop chemistry and learning a new system. A lot of teams would've paid Batum a max contract and I'm glad we did. He single handedly put us in a position to win games with defense alone..I hope he's a Blazer for life.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. Jihad Jihad
    Jihad Jihad
    Posts: 23

    Posted 11/13/2012 6:01 PM

    He had 1 off game you morons! Everyone needs to chill. This team is built for the future. Our rookies look dope and our salary cap is in good shape. We overpaid for Batum.....get over it!
    I am a fan of a bottle of Tanquerray and a Shot-Gun.
  1. schwabbii
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    Posts: 205

    Posted 11/13/2012 6:19 PM

    My biggest complaint with the hate towards Batum is that the kid is young! Yes he has been in the league for a while, but would you of rather had him stay in Europe and develop there? If he had went to college then he would only have had two seasons in the NBA like a lot of players. Call them excuses if you would like but everyone said that about Jermaine O'Neal and he became an all-star.
    I am a fan of
  1. Curvychloe
    Curvychloe
    Posts: 610

    Posted 11/15/2012 9:35 AM

    Batum brings its like Pippen!
    I am a fan of Sexy Blondes at courtside
  1. riverman
    riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 11/15/2012 3:54 PM

    Batum does things defensively that dont show up on the stat sheet. He is like Pippen. He's a huge reason we're having any success at all with a team full of rookies. I voted for him on the allstar ballot today.
    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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