Apr 23

Crowd Energizes Trail Blazers and Trail Blazers Energize Crowd

By sarahhecht
There’s nothing like a Rose Garden crowd to bring the Trail Blazers back from the dead.

Not literally, of course, but very much figuratively. Trailing by 22 going into the fourth quarter with a 3-1 playoff deficit staring you in the face definitely qualifies as something close dead. After tonight’s comeback Portland fans should all be certified EMTs.

Portland players and fans knew this game was a breaking point. Win and tie the series 2-2 or lose knowing Game 4 might have been your last home game of the season. They took this as a challenge and rose mightily to the occasion.

With the first three quarters not going as planned, in the fourth the Trail Blazers needed to get hot from the start. There simply wasn’t enough time for a late push.

The crowd in the Rose Garden knew it, so they decided to step in. Roaring to life following Gerald Wallace’s basket to start the quarter, they didn’t sit or quiet until streamers fell and Mark Mason’s voice echoed through the rafters.

“Blazers win! Bla-zers win!”

The raucous atmosphere in the Rose Garden is the norm in Portland, but tonight Rip City upped their game and the players took notice.

“The energy in the building just kinda took over for us,” Andre Miller said. The boisterous fans even hyped Miller up. He was jumping and hollering, which isn’t the norm for the ultra-cool character.

Words and phrases like “tremendous,” “as advertised” and “loudest crowd I’ve been around,” were used by the Trail Blazers to describe the impact of the Portland faithful in attendance.

“The Crowd was something else, we contribute a lot of this win to them,” Wesley Matthews said.

Success is the achievement of thousands of hoarse voices. Well done my friends. Let's do it again Thursday.



  1. I'll be at the Game on Thursday, abd watching closely on Monday night right here on TrailBlazers.TV

    Outstanding and inspiring.

    by Patch on 4/23/2011 7:02 PM
  2. Nice work getting to game Patch...I'm jealous (and one lottery ticket away from joining you). Nice recap Sarah, I'm sure it's hard to 'do your job', having to collect the facts of the moment but still jumping for joy with the rest of the fans.

    I don't think Dallas can bounce back from this, they'll have a divided cast of characters before their plane lands in Dallas, and I can't imagine Cuban having anything positive to add (though questions of Carlisle's future will certainly come up for the remainder of this series).


    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 4/23/2011 7:19 PM
  3. The funniest part of that game was seeing Andre looking about 10 years younger on the sidelines jumping up and down! There was something special in that arena today. I can only imagine what it'll be like if we come back for Game Six up 3-2!

    by DHawes22 on 4/23/2011 8:05 PM
  4. thanks for almost giving us a heart attack guys!
    WAY TO GO! what a thriller!

    by Tobyus Sanchezo on 4/23/2011 8:43 PM
  5. Sarah: What a weird game. I felt like I was Bi Polar. I finally yelled to either get out an do it or forget it.

    I really am so proud of the team for not throwing in the towel. I have been in BRoy's corner fighting haters. Boy, did he ever pull through for us.

    Thank for the blog Miss Sarah. I would not want to be in the Mavs shoes right now. What do they do about the new old star that is starting to shine again?

    I will chat on one of the places tomorrow I am sure.

    by Hg on 4/23/2011 10:09 PM
  6. OH MY GOSH!!!!!! I can't believe this is what I missed when I went to bed at 1 am!!! I LOVE MY BLAZERS!!!!! Though I wasn't there, really proud of my fellow fans who were at the RG!!!!

    by Anees on 4/23/2011 10:53 PM
  7. Ok, I think I'm actually depressed that I missed this!!!! *CRIES*

    by Anees on 4/23/2011 11:06 PM
  8. i really thought that after Brandon made the trey at the end of the third quarter, then began the fourth quarter well, that's when the crowd really got into it. after that, other guys like LaMarcus, Wesley, Gerald and Rudy got energized. it's like you said, Sarah, the guys and the fans energized one another.

    by Kassandra on 4/24/2011 3:32 PM
  9. Oh what fun!! Our fans at the RG are like no other. Mostly they are true blazer fans. Winning in the NBA playoffs is a hard thing to do. 99% chance the last game we play will be a loss. True fans will still be cheering, part timers will not. For you part timers, I will celebrate with you after a win but spare me the negative after a loss. True fans understand its a package deal. As good as we all feel right now, before its over we will have many highs and lows. No matter what, at the end I'm on board. If you tuned out when we were down 23, you may be a part timer.

    by Divotking on 4/25/2011 8:14 AM
  10. Probably the loudest game I've ever been to. My throat got soar from yelling so loudly..but it was well worth it.

    by DHawes22 on 4/25/2011 1:10 PM
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