Apr 22

Game 3 Takes

By blazerdarren77
  Yes! The Blazers win! The guys came to play. Here's what I liked and what I didn't like from game 3:

  I liked that Wesley got hot right out of the gate. He was 4 for 4 for 14 points en route to a 25 point night. This is what we need out of Wes. If he starts off the game strong, not only does he do well, but it opens it up for the other guys to do well also.

  I liked that they were able to force more turnovers that led to easy buckets. In game 2, Dallas committed 6 TO's for the entire game. In game 3, they had 6 TO's in the 1st quarter. They ended up with 16 turnovers for the game. That's what Nate likes to see; guys being aggressive on D leading to easy transition points. 

  I still don't like the bench production, mainly Rudy. Sure Brandon was Brandon again (I'm sure we'll see more of that in the series) and we had a surprise contributor from Chris Johnson (2 awesome blocks)  Batum only had 7 points, his 1st game in the series he was held under double figures in points. And Rudy, mi amigo, mi hombre, where are you? I can count on one hand  the total of points you've scored in the entire series. We need you big time. You're an important contributor to the team. I know that many of the lady fans I chat with during the game are fans of you. They're pulling for you. According's Chris Palmer, the Blazers have the worst bench of the playoff teams. It pains me to say it, but he's right. Jason Terry had 29 points to the Blazers' 23. Ouch! This could hurt us as the series goes. Thankfully, it's still early enough to fix this. I know they can. It's just a matter of doing it now.

  So that's how I saw game 3. If you're going to game 4, cheer even louder. Use those clackers and thundersticks, even bring your own noise makers if you can. Sadly, I won't be able to follow the game. I have to attend an event that goes on during the game (why couldn't the NBA schedule this game for the evening? But I digress) GO BLAZERS!!!
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