May 11

Trail Blazers' Favorite Moments: Andre Miller and Nicolas Batum

By sarahhecht Posted in: AndreMiller, NicolasBatum
Andre Miller and Nicolas Batum share the same favorite memory of the 2010-2011 Trail Blazers season.

I’ll give you three guesses to figure it out and the first two don’t count.

Yep, you’re right. Dre-to-Nico. The heart-stopping alley-oop to seal the 98-96 comeback victory over the San Antonio Spurs on March 25th.

“The San Antonio game,” Miller said. “That’s prolly the one moment for me. It was a lot of tension, it was a unbelievable comeback against one of the best teams, franchises, of all time and it’s tough to do that, but it happened and that was good for everybody.”

Batum didn’t feel the need to elaborate. He knew Trail Blazer fans would know exactly what he meant when he said, “San Antonio.”

After a bit more coaxing Batum elaborated, “When I scored the last shot. San Antonio was the best team in the league, you down six, that was a great moment.”

When I think back to that game my mind gets fuzzy, I’m still speechless. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that’s the case then a video has to be worth a gazillion. Feel free to watch this over and over. It’s completely understandable.


  1. Miss sarah

    I still get goose bumps watching that.

    Hey how about Barrett and Rice, they called the steal, they called the back door cut and they believe in the Blazers.

    Thank you for bringing that to us.

    by Hg on 5/11/2011 12:24 PM
  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE....I love the roar of the was such a great game to be at...and that always cracks me up looking at Patty in that photo...I'm ready for the season to start!! RIP CITY!!

    by debra31098 on 5/11/2011 12:44 PM
  3. Goosebumps for sure. Awesome. Kinda strange now, knowing that the Spurs lost in the 1st round, but of course, given they had the best record at the time, huge win for us.

    Our crowd was amazing here and of course, in Game 4 - clearly the best fans in the league!

    Yes, ready for the season to start!!! *looks for life fast forward button*

    by Anees on 5/11/2011 1:06 PM
  4. @Anees; Yes the Spurs lost in the first round, but that game was the turning point of their season. They just never recovered from that game.

    by Hg on 5/11/2011 1:38 PM
  5. my favorite moment was when derrick rose did a dunk in the "rose" garden

    by Derrick Rose is MVP on 5/11/2011 2:32 PM
  6. Definitely one of the coolest moments of the season. But what made that play to Nic special was the events which lead up to it. I mean, it took a pick pocket from Dre in the open court for 2. Wesley forcing the turnover on Manu with time winding down which lead to a mad dash near the paint. Finally Batum hit those pressure packed free throws. And on top of it all, they threw the ball away with 0.9 left? Probably one of the craziest sequences I've ever been a part of.

    by DHawes22 on 5/11/2011 2:34 PM
  7. that was a huge moment. i'm with Dustin in that a lot of things happened in order to set up the play, not the least of which was the spurs completely throwing the ball away on their inbounds attempt. that just doesn't happen in this league! if anyone had even grazed that inbounds pass then the .9 would have ticked off the clock and we wouldn't have won it like this (thought we might just have won in overtime).

    incidentally, the same play -- or at least a variation of it -- was run in game three against dallas. Andre inbounded and Nicolas curled around toward the basket. the mavericks covered Nicolas just a little tighter than the spurs had, so Andre inbounded to Marcus, who it a three and followed that by displaying the three goggles toward the blazers bench!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 5/12/2011 9:17 AM
  8. @Kass, As I sat on media row before that "inbounds pass" one of the people in the chat asked, "Who do you think he'll pass to?" My response... "Tim Duncan." Turns out I was right, he tried to pass to someone not on the floor! Many laughs followed that one.

    by sarahhecht on 5/12/2011 9:20 AM
  9. Duncan wasn't on the floor at the time of the inbounds? i hadn't remembered that at all. that's even funnier!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 5/12/2011 10:19 AM
  10. For what ever the reason he throw the ball straight out of bounds was the weirdest thing I ever seen. I think someone was supposed to come off a screen and got held up. Only logical deduction I could make.

    by Hg on 5/12/2011 11:00 AM
  11. I remember yelling out from 329, "FOUL! FOUL! FOUL!" after we had missed and were down 4 in the closing seconds. Then Andre went all crafty, veteran on us and poked it away. I was left speechless for a while. But hey, that's D.R.E. for ya.

    by DHawes22 on 5/12/2011 2:06 PM
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    by Timothy James Folkman on 5/14/2011 12:15 PM
  13. I do love both of these guys but I feel trading them now would improve an already stellar team, Especially if we get Kenneth Faried in the first round and D. McCamey or I. Shumpert in the second. Kenneth is a better version of Wallace and McCamey 6'-3" and Shumpert 6'-5" look like younger versions of Andre Miller. I think Shumpert has unbelievable potential because of his assists and shot blocking from the point guard position.

    by mbmurr1 on 5/16/2011 8:43 AM
  14. @mbmurr1
    I think both of these players are the reason we have a steller team.

    You can pick names out of the draft or from other teams, but that doesn't mean they are available to us.

    by Hg on 5/16/2011 8:50 AM
  15. That was an awesome night. I miss the team that we had then and I am still upset that the Blazers lost Andre Miller.

    by drexlerfan on 5/1/2012 10:56 AM
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