Blazer Fanatic

Jan 11

How To: Coping with Blazer Loss

By Blazer Fanatic Posted in: Blazers, LaMarcusAldridge, NicolasBatum, WesleyMatthews

A game like the Blazers played in Oakland really does take the stuffing out of you.  Barrett didn’t blog, Freeman and Quick didn’t write for the Oregonian, ESPN didn’t have anything about Portland or GS in their Headlines.  It was quite a painful game to watch.  Playing an away game, on a back-to-back, flying in at 2am, with Blazer starters having played 40 minutes each the night before, playing a GS team who didn’t play the night before – who didn’t expect the game to be a bit sloppy or even ugly?

But, Oh My. 
                                                                                      
    
                                      Ben Margot /AP Photo                                                                      
 
LA:  Seriously dude?
Landry:  Sorry
LA:  That's smell horrible!

Landry:  You sure that's me and not your team's play?


Shooting 23% through the first half, Lillard (3) and Hickson (2) were the only Blazers with more than 1 basket made – yikes.  Then late in the 3rd quarter Lillard went “HAM” (as his mother described after the game) – an expression I am unfamiliar with, but gathered from the context she approved of his new career high, 37 point effort (7-12 from 3).  I don’t recall Barrett or Rice ever calling “heat check” as a shot went up and it actually going in, but ya, that happened.  Just an utter shame that no one else did much to help in that effort.  The Blazers, I mean Lillard, cut it to 3 at one point, but came up empty.  Portland just stunk up the place for too long this night.  It appeared as though everyone retreated to taking the night off in hopes of perhaps collecting their thoughts in the morning.

 

I’m taking a different approach.  I’m going to change the subject completely:

ESPN pre-season ranks and predictions!

ESPN Rookie of the Year predictions for 2012-2013

Anthony Davis (20 votes), Damian Lillard (11), Andre Drummond (2), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (1), Jared Sullinger (1).

 

News Flash: Lillard won

ESPN projected 2012-2013 Blazer record

Blazers 28.6 Wins  53.4 Losses

Chances the Blazers won’t win 9 out of a remaining 46 games?  It’s gonna be an up road battle but I think they just might get 9.

 

ESPN 2012-2013 playoff chances for Portland

Blazers  0%

I am positive that is a typo, and they meant “Lakers 0%.”

And my favorite little nugget of not so spot-on-edness:  the 104 "experts" that comprised the ESPN pre-season player rankings for 2012-2013.  The current (as of January 11th) Yahoo! fantasy, ESPN Fantasy, and Hollingers Stats for each player are listed respectively.





Still thinking about that GS loss?  I know, I know, I just reminded you.  Ok, seriously, how awesomely not good were most of these ranks and predictions?

6 Comments

  1. Laughable at best at the predictions but, about the GSW game I'm just happy that they gave themselves a fighting chance this team had every excuse to be annihilated in that game but, Lillard said fellas just get on my back and chip in here and there and I will give ourselves a chance to win and we had our chances but, it just wasn't meant to be speaking of chances to win one stat that I love is were 6-2 when it's 3 pts. or less and 5-0 in overtime this team knows how to close when given the chance it's shows the hard work this team put in to win and the masterful job Stotts has done to put ourselves in the position to win it's a beauty to watch.

    Oh and if no on told you what "HAM" means it Damian went "Hard as a MotherCookies" that's the clean version of it hahaha.

    by CarlJ1 on 1/13/2013 6:00 AM
  2. Great post! Has there ever been a Blazer season where we weren't under the radar? Even when we beat the Lakers in the opening game there were no articles about the Blazers winning but a ton of them about why the Lakers lost. My summer predictions after Stotts was hired was best case scenario, 6-7 seed and 2nd round of the playoffs. Fingers crossed but it's possible!

    by riverman on 1/13/2013 10:51 AM
  3. Noone likes writing about a loss. There was hardly anything written after Toronto, as well, and many fans turn to "ragin" on players. And it's not very fun to read. There was a ton of stuff written about that New Year's Day win. I think the news guys that write stuff should be like they want the Blazers to be... consistant, steady, not to high, not to low. You can tell which writers are fan though. So, I guess that's the silver lining.

    by Blazer Fanatic on 1/13/2013 12:27 PM
  4. Thanks carl. I figured out "HAM" pretty quick. I'm probably not cool anymore, but I have to be honest, I do not listen to that kind of noise with the slurs and the not so appropriate language. And even if they cleaned it up, I don't understand the coded language and sentence fragments. If I need a beat, I'll hit the dub-step or techno. ; )


    But, knowing that Lillards Mom knows what HAM means, and actually said it on TV... it makes me like Damien even more. He was embarrassed. I listened to the song HAM. I have to assume that's where she got it. Yikes. I shut it off after about 30 sec. I'm not judging anyone, but to think if my mom dropped that phrase on TV, I just might never go in public again. Mrs. Lillard seem nice though.

    by Blazer Fanatic on 1/13/2013 12:37 PM
  5. No question I'm with you on today's music I'm a Hip-Hop head myself and there's only a few I mess with but, other than that I listen to my old stuff that I had for years they have more substance.

    by CarlJ1 on 1/14/2013 1:25 AM
  6. To each their own. I thought it was pretty funny to hear Jeffries love the Country. When he gets in the weightroom before anyone else, he blast country music. That would ruin my morning! lol

    by Blazer Fanatic on 1/16/2013 6:36 PM
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