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happen, but so do losses. Portland loses another winnable game (111-115), and their first loss in overtime,
coughing up the basketball. One of my biggest pet peeves is when players get
themselves into trouble, leave the ground, and are forced into a sloppy pass. It’s
such a low basketball IQ mistake, but players keep doing it. To be fair, not
every turnover against Denver was caused by that, but a majority of turnovers
were. By the end of the 3rd quarter, every Blazer starter had two turnovers,
and Batum had three. Then Ronnie Price came in the game in the 2nd
half and turned the ball over three times almost in a row on horrible passes.
The Blazers had seven turnovers in the 3rd quarter alone.
Portland had kept a positive turnover differential most of the season, but
tonight’s performance certainly pushes them into the negative. And
their differential in steals slipped even further into the negative.
Portland finally got their act together shooting the ball with 47.7% from the
field, and all the starters ended the game in double figures. They even won the
rebounding battle 46-39. Those 18 turnovers, 8 more than Denver, proved to be
the difference. And so goes another frustrating loss in Denver.
Bad passes, bricked lay ups and bricked free throws. These three things remind me too much of last season and last season sucked. This game was ours for the winning but we just kept giving them the ball....ouch!
Orlando mentioned that he feels Stotts is doing what he can, showing the guys film and saying, "Don't do that no more!" I can agree that physical fatigue can lead to mental fatigue, but wow, at what point to guys say, "We are making this way hard on ourselves by not concentrating." I remember when Steve Kerr was in Portland, he had the guys do yoga. Heavy minutes being logged, but they have to find a way to ignore the fatigue and focus on taking care of the basketball. That is something they can do and is much easier in my opinion than shooting better, or getting more rebounds.
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