Aug 26

Greatest Trail Blazers: #2 Robinson Vs. #3 Paxson

By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers, cliffrobinson, jimpaxson
#2 Cliff Robinson vs. #3 Jim Paxson

No. 3 Cliff Robinson | Forward | 6-10 | 225 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer:30.8 mpg, 16.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg 44.6 FG%, 34.9 3PT %, 68 FT %

One For The Books: Dropping The Bomb - By Wayne Thompson
Transcribed By Casey Holdahl

The Blazers won with the home run ball – a fitting weapon in the Valley of the Sun where major league baseball competes with major league hoops each March. On this night, the Blazers connected on an astonishing 16 home run balls in 24 attempts.

Keeping this in mind, Blazers radio announcer Mike Rice warned his audience before the game that if Portland allowed itself to get into a 3-point shootout with Phoenix, the Blazers were doomed. “I’ll tell you what,” Rice said before the game, “if we take over 10 3-point attempts and Phoenix takes over 10, then we’ll lose the game.”

So much for that. When the Blazers long-ball bombardment was over, Kenny Anderson had cashed in six of nine 3-pointers; Cliff Robinson added five in eight tries, J.R. Rider was three of three and Arvydas Sabonis and Dontonio Wingfield added one each.

The Blazers’ continued hitting the long ball in the fourth quarter, too. Robinson canned his fourth three at 10:44, Anderson hit his career high sixth 3-pointer at 9:11, and Robinson came back two minutes later with his fifth trey on a feed from Anderson.

In his game story, The Oregonian’s Paul Buker wrote, “Portland was so hot, so deadly from outside the arc, the America West crowd literally moaned every time Rider, Robinson or Anderson set up for a 3-pointer.”

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Traditionally, power forwards and centers are thought of as players capable only of playing down on the blocks. But not Cliff Robinson. Uncle Cliffy was ahead of his time. At 6-10, he had the height to play in the paint but his 225 lb. frame allowed him to move freely on the perimeter, whether it was a jumper from long-range or a dribble-drive into the middle of the defense. But it wasn't until his sixth year in the league that Robinson truly became a threat from the three-point line when. During the 1995 season, Robinson hoisted more three-pointers (383) than his previous five years in the league combined (204). Now not every team will go 16-24 from three as Portland did against Phoenix, but Cliff's 5-for-8 effort was no aberration. Over the course of his final three years in Rip City, Cliff shot .371, .378 and .349 from long-range while shooting no less than 350 attempts. Cliff's evolution into a versatile scorer is just one of the reasons why he can be found 15 times in the Top 10 of the Trail Blazers' record books.

Schonely Speaks:
“Uncle Cliffy. Great hands, long arms and a vital part of the Blazers while he was here.”

Photo Gallery: Cliff Robinson Through The Years

No. 4 Jim Paxson | Guard/Forward | 6-6 | 210 lbs

Career Stats As A Trail Blazer:29.3 mpg, 16.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg 50.3 FG%, 23.0 3PT %, 80.4 FT %

One For The Books: The All-Star Tandem - By Wayne Thompson
Transcribed By Casey Holdahl

And if the 20-20 hindsight visionaries needed evidence to show that Portland made the right decision in not adding Jordan to a roster that included Paxson and Drexler, they need to look no further than Portland’s 137-121 victory at San Antonio on Feb. 24, 1985.

But in this game against the Spurs, Vandeweghe was injured and not with the team, so the Trail Blazers had to rely on their shooting guard tandem of Paxson and Drexler – the same two players who effectively blocked Blazer management from considering taking Michael Jordan in the June, 1984 NBA draft.

Paxson, meanwhile, resembled a Michael Jordan line at shooting guard. In 43 minutes, he connected on 15 of 25 shots, added five of five from the free throw line, for 35 points. He added 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal to his totals, while holding the Spurs’s Hall of Famer George Gervin to a season-low nine points.

So the evidence was in: The Drexler-Paxson combination was good for 72 points against the Spurs. Their line: 30 of 49 floor shooting; 12 of 13 from the free throw line; 19 rebounds; 13 assists; 4 blocked shots; 5 steals; 5 personal fouls (all by Drexler) and 3 turnovers (all by Paxson).

“We had been missing Kiki’s scoring,” Drexler said after the game, ‘so I felt someone had to take up the slack. So I started out with a score-first mentality. I guess Pax, with his 35 points, must have been thinking the same thing.”.

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The Trail Blazers had a plethora of scorers during the 1980's: Clyde Drexler, Mychal Thompson, Kiki Vandeweghe, and Jim Paxson. Even with all of those great scorers on one team and only one basketball to go around, Paxson still found a way to score and score efficiently, just as he did against San Antonio by shooting 15-25. In fact, Pax shot .503 from the floor for his entire Trail Blazers career, tenth all-time in Trail Blazers history. And he wasn't shy about letting it fly either, proven by an average of 897 field goal attempts during his nine-year career. For those of you too young to remember Jim, performances such as the one Wayne Thompson relived were a dime a dozen. The guy could could flat-out score!

Schonely Speaks:
"With or without the ball, wherever it was on the floor, Paxson was there. If it was loose, he could find it. And when he found it. He would score."

Photo Gallery: Jim Paxson Through The Years

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