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Nov 12

Hickson: ‘I took it upon myself to be more aggressive’

By sarahhecht Posted in: j.j.hickson

If you’re looking for a bright spot from Portland’s 95-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks then look no further than J.J. Hickson.

Trail Blazers fans know what he’s capable of—we saw much of it at the end of last season—but at the end of the game against the Spurs on Saturday and again tonight we’ve seen a Hickson with a new edge.  

Tonight he was the energy guy and it showed in the boxscore. He set season highs in both points (19) and rebounds (18)—the first time in his career he’s scored at least 19 points and had 18 rebounds in a game. He also recorded another double-double, his team-leading fourth of the season.

So why the sudden and obvious change? He’s found his role with the team.

“I just wanted to come out and be physical. I know I’m the only guy on this team that plays the way I play so I took it upon myself and I’m gonna take it upon myself to play the way I played tonight,” Hickson said. “I took it upon myself to be more aggressive on the offensive and defensive boards and just do what a traditional center is supposed to do.”

And that he did. Head Coach Terry Stotts said after the game that without Hickson’s stellar play the team wouldn’t have been able to keep tonight’s game as close as it was. A fact also recognized by team leader LaMarcus Aldridge, “His role and what we need him to do is really cause havoc out there crashing the boards, taking advantage of the slower five man,” he said. “I thought tonight he did that, he caused havoc, he offensive rebounded, he made big baskets for us.”  

So is this new J.J. one who Trail Blazers fans can look forward to watching night in and night out? He says absolutely and went as far as describing what he intends to bring to the court.

“A hustler. A guy that’s not gonna take a play off, not saying that our guys do, but just a guy that you know I’m out there,” Hickson said. “I’m gonna be talking, I’m gonna be everywhere on the court. I’m not really worried about points, I’m just looking to rebound and block shots and defend and do what a traditional center does since that’s my position on this team.”

8 Comments

  1. By doing what JJ did 2night (I think he's BEEN doing a great job but 2night... WOW! SEVERAL levelS up! :) he's ALSO making himself 1 of the strongest leaders of this team. You are awesome JJ! Thank you for ALL your hard work sir! JJ THE Havoc Hhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiccccccckson!!!!

    by Simpson on 11/13/2012 12:34 AM
  2. Haha! J.J. "The Havoc" Hickson, LOVE IT!

    by sarahhecht on 11/13/2012 12:53 AM
  3. Hey Sarah: I did not get to watch the game and only listened to bits and pieces of the game. It surely showed that JJ "The Havoc" Hickson is bringing it. I have been a fan of his since last year. In fact in my handle on Blazers Edge, I have Strumming with JJ.
    I am not a bit disappointed in my team and fact that each piece of the starting five brings their own tune, or instrument to the game. They will shortly be like a fine tuned orchestra and that includes strumming with JJ.

    Remember, me telling you that IMO, we need JJ the board banger to play along side of LaMarcus the finesse player. To me that is what we have.

    by Hg on 11/13/2012 3:51 AM
  4. There were countless times when I could imagine Hickson looking to the crowds at the Rose Garden and asking "Are you not entertained!?"... as he is our gladiator. My answer is yes; for all their early losses, I am very much entertained. Thanks, JJ!

    by jsciv314 on 11/13/2012 7:45 AM
  5. @ Sarah, yup! Lol ;) I can't take credit though, LMA deserves the credit :) The guys seem to come up w/ the best nicknames for each other (i.e. Jared came up w/ "British Tiger" by accident for Joel ;) I like "JJ THE Havoc Hickson (we & the guys can just call him "Havoc" for short but I like saying the whole thing ;)" but personally, I'm only slightly more partial to "JJ THE Hammer Hickson (love the allusion to pwr, hard work, & toughness ;)!"

    btw I JUST got done watching the new video (I love them all! They just keep getting better as we go along! :) up of JJ, simply... awesome! I just wanna say thx to every1 involved in making these; they get me fired up every time I c them! :) If JJ is the definition of "giving 100%..." then every1's best would b giving ~70%! Hahaha! JJ is a beast!!! :)

    by Simpson on 11/13/2012 1:06 PM
  6. Can we just show people's tweets after the game, during Trailblazers Over Time, rather than during the game? That is what the Mariners do. I understand that the Blazer's want to do what they think will make them edgy and current, but it eats up precious television real estate while I am watching the game.

    by PannyAttack on 11/14/2012 10:19 AM
  7. Lillard should be on the All-Star ballot. Lillard should be on the All-Star ballot. Hey... so should Hickson!!

    by Tobyus Sanchezo on 11/15/2012 4:04 AM
  8. Correct me if I am wrong, but I Think Lillard will be in the Rookie game, I don't know if you can do both or not, but I don't believe so.

    by Hg on 11/15/2012 4:30 AM
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