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Yes, last night’s game wasn’t exactly a dozen roses. But calling it Valentine’s Day Massacre – really? Do Blazer fans out there agree? When a team with a dismal record shoots 60% from the field and 52% from long range, it seems a bit premature to start listing our Blazers jerseys on EBay. Yes, some subpar teams have put up their best games of the year against us, first Golden State and now the Wizards. Seriously, when J Crawford (Jordan, NOT Jamal) goes for 21 points, that’s a clue about just how the shots were falling for Washington tonight. John Wall goes 10-14, and Nick Young 12-17, including 7-8 from 3 point land. Anyone who even glances at ESPN knows that’s not a typical Wizard’s night. The final score was 124-107 Wizards, and no, that’s not a typo. Call it a Valentine’s bouquet for a bottom feeder team from the other conference and be done with it.
So was it a terrible night for the Blazers? 47.1% from the field hardly qualifies as terrible. Clearly the three wasn’t falling. Sadly, L.A. did. So, LaMarcus goes down at the start of the first quarter, the three ball’s not dropping, Wesley is just starting to get a little confidence back and the rotation appears to be somewhat of a moving target. Let’s not forget that Nic went off for 33 points, the Camby man grabbed his usual 12 boards and Wallace’s line read 25 points – 4 boards – 8 assists. If the Wizards hadn’t performed magic tonight, don’t you think we think would have easily had this game, even without L.A.?
It’s nearly the All-Star break, and we’re right on par with last year’s record. Considering we lost Brandon, made several key lineup changes and are adjusting to new point guard play, from my view it’s not time to throw in the towel. The Blazers played last year’s champs as well or better than anyone in the playoffs, including the ever-worshipped Heat. As a person who knows what it is to have to scrap for every “loose ball” there is in life just to stay in the game, I say let’s raise the roof at every home game and keep the channels tuned in for our Blazers. As Sally Kempton said, “It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head”. As fans, let’s keep our heads in the game and help our Blazers do the same. Are you in?!
It´s easy to be sad watching them when they lose. I also believe they could play much better and more seriously and win much more plays. Probably a future champion team.
i think a lot of the guys were stunned to see LaMarcus go down tuesday night. perhaps it was a matter of just not recovering. i think also think it's ironic that the next-longest-tenured blazer (Nicolas, who has seen this team's injury reports for a while), stepped up. it was certainly a lackluster performance on defense, yet, definitely not a massacre. i also like how our guys united last night without LaMarcus to get the win over the warriors. that was a great team win.~ KMM
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