Trail Blazers/Pistons Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/24/2010 11:21 AM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    I was wrong. I didn't think Portland could win a game that went into the 90's without Brandon and Jerryd. Portland got huge contributions from Martell Webster and Rudy Fernandez, whom each played their best game of the season, and Steve Blake who racked up his first double-double of the entire season with 11 points and 10 assists. With no one to attack the defense, the Blazers won the game on their shooting at the line and behind the arc. They shot less free throws than Detroit (26 to 34) but shot a higher percentage (80.8% compared to 73.5%). Martell Webster's career-high tying 6 three-pointers gave the Trail Blazers an 8 to 4 advantage from downtown, with each team attempting roughly the same amount of shots.

    I'm running out of adjectives to describe this team's guts and heart they are continually showing on the court on a nightly basis. Portland raced out to a lead as big as 18 late in the 2nd quarter and took a 14 point lead into intermission. Just as any NBA team would do, the Pistons made a run and actually took a lead as big as 3 in the 2nd half. Portland quit moving without the basketball and frankly got passive. When you play the Pistons, be prepared for a street fight, because they grab, pull, and hassle you all game long. Well, at least in this instance, it backfired. After Rudy Fernandez went around Charlie Villanueva on a drive to the hoop, Villanueva wrapped him up, bear-hug style, and then added extra emphasis as he flung him to the floor. It was the wrong move at the wrong time. If Portland was sleepwalking before, that sure as hell woke them up. If there is one thing you do not do to a Nate McMillan-coached team, it is roughing up one of our guys, because they will get fired up and come to the rescue.

    Howard said. "All it did was ignite us because they were making a true run. The swing was in their favor to blow us out. It made us come together as a group, not back down from anyone and play hard. We could have easily went south and said, 'Hey, let's tank the season with all the injuries we're dealing with.' That could be an easy excuse to throw in the towel but it's been the total opposite with this group."

    For Portland to continue winning, they must score easy buckets as Barkley always likes to put it and contain the paint. Now, without Joel and Greg, we will be stopping no one from getting what they want inside, but giving up 60, like we did to Boston, is a recipe for disaster. Even a team like Detroit, with no low-post scorers, were able to drop 40 inside. 45 points is probably the tipping point in terms of a Blazers win versus a loss. On the positive, we got out on the break and made it happen, totaling 18 points. Outside of Roy, this team is tailor made to run, as nearly everyone of our players flourishes in the open court, mainly Andre Miller who racked up most of his 13 dimes tonight on the fly. I'm not saying we should go Phoenix Suns on the NBA, but there needs to be a compromise between Roy and the team.

    Back to Webster's career night. 21 of his career-high 28 points came in the first half and he was the main reason the Blazers were able to blow the game wide open. As hard as it is to believe, Webster is only 23 years old and there is more untapped potential in his game. If Marty continues to knock down the trifecta in the way he has been, teams are going to start flying at him. If he can only make friends with a mid-range jump shot, he could end up becoming a lethal shooter, instead of three-point specialist. Not only is he shooting it well, but his is becoming a legit defender and is handling his own on the glass by averaging 5.7 boards per night during the month of January.

    With Batum possibly returning Monday, Webster having his best season as a pro, Rudy seemingly breaking out of his funk last game (19 points on 4-8 shooting), Bayless staking his claim as point guard of the future, Andre putting up 19.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 4.3 boards a night in January, Blake playing solid off of the bench, and Brandon Roy being Brandon Roy, KP is going to have some decisions to make. Once Roy returns and if no one else gets injured during that time frame (*knock on wood*), Portland will have 7 players really fighting for 3 spots, when 5 is the maximum amount of bodies you would need to play the point, shooting guard, or small forward. As stated before, one of the main reasons why this Blazer team is always competitive lately is because players are playing hard and living up to their expectations. This is occurring because roles are defined and there are enough minutes to go around for the team we currently have healthy to get into a rhythm. I do not want a short-term solution, but the team can not go into next year being 15 deep, it just doesn't work. Great teams have a solid 8-man rotation with young backups (ie: Pendergraph and Cunningham) waiting to play if need be due to injury or foul trouble.

    "If there has ever been a gut check for a team, then tonight was certainly one, coming off of an overtime game and an emotional game like last night," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "To be down another player tonight, our guys just stepped up. We were running on fumes and they made a run and we withstood it."
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 01/24/2010 12:20 PM

    I don't know if Nate can/is a 8 rotation guy, cause he likes his squads but the 8-man rotation works and would help this team in terms of roles and what is expected of them. I didn't get a chance to catch any of the game but looking at the box score and stats with the FT attempts Detroit got was expected but the 32 pts in the first was not. Martell is looking like he's having the season he was suppose to have before the foot injury and Rudy stepped up and made all his free throws. Hoping Bayless is ready to go on Monday, and i'm not sure if David West will play cause he's a bit gimpy, that would help us out a lot.
    I am a fan of RIP CITY > LOB CITY
  1. mario250775
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    Posted 01/24/2010 12:40 PM

    You are really good in writing, I am new on web site and my english is not so good but I still think it is good text, You analize everythink and I have nothing to add.

    I had a feeling that they won in Detroit and THEY did it !!!

    and I also had feeling that they lose in boston, I watched this match on tv live and I was very sad when Allen make a 3 in overtime but doesn't matter in Poland people say " when something did not kill You, this harder You "    Go Blazers !!!    

    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/24/2010 3:07 PM

    Thanks Mari! Who's your favorite Blazer? There's always something to add so don't hesitate to drop some knowledge :)

    In reply to BR- I really hope West can't go either. He may be in a slump, but there are some things that happen on a regular basis and one of them is David West always dominating us.
    I really think Bayless should be able to go..he tried to work out on it last night but it was still a bit too sore.

    Nate may have to become an 8-9 man kind of guy, because i never, ever want to see that Blazer team we had to start the season. They were playing with nowhere near the desire and passion they are playing with now and didn't know when and how long they were going to play.
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 01/24/2010 5:52 PM

    This is true, we were very deep probably too deep when the season started. I would of liked to have seen what our record would be like if we had everyone healthy cause I think we would be closer to .500 cause Nate had no idea who to run with who and how to distribute minutes and finding out that stuff would of taken more losses in my opinion. But, thats the past and im in the now right now.
    I am a fan of RIP CITY > LOB CITY
  1. mario250775
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    Posted 01/25/2010 11:42 AM

    OK, let me explain something : trail blazers fans have super website. I am also fan of football and my local team in Poland - Wisła Kraków , the oficial site is not so good ( you can see http://www.wisla.krakow.pl/) , fans don't have good posibilities to write what they thing about  team, matches ... , that why fans make some unofficial site for example http://www.wislaportal.pl/

    and about my favorite player : I like them all but most Rudy Frenandez, he is like dinamite he is fast but not strong , he has to work with muscle, nba is very phisical, 
    Do You remember tony Kukoc from chicago when he start he was the same like fernandez and when he get muscle he was really good.

    I thing that Fernandez had also another problem, coach Mcmillan is still thinking about his role in the team ?!   

    by the way . Do You remember Qyntel Woods ? Do You know Where he now playing ?
    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. RedRudy5
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    Posted 01/25/2010 3:48 PM

    That was an amazing win in Detrioit! I just love the heart and determination this team continues to find!
    I am a fan of Turning this season around! Time to show some pride!!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/25/2010 4:38 PM

    I hope we play with that type of intensity tonight..There are a lot of games in the NBA where you can win if you simply just want it more! Bring the noise tonight crowd!
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/25/2010 4:41 PM

    Yes, I remember Q Woods. I was so ecstatic we drafted him but I could care less for him now after hearing about his dog fighting scandal. Last I heard he was playing overseas.
    Yea I do remember Tony. I remember being a little kid and they said the Bulls just got the Croation Jordan..I was like "OH NO!"
    That's too bad your football team in Poland doesn't have the best of sites, but we got a great one here and the more people and opinions we get here, the better it'll be.
    Yea, Rudy is a great, exciting player, but who knows where he fits in with the long-term future of the team with Bayless and Webster really coming into their own this year.
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  1. mario250775
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    Posted 01/26/2010 12:35 PM

    I ask You about Q Woods because he plays for 2 years in Asecco Prokom Gdynia , it is champion of Polish league and also play now in top 16 of EuroLeague. I did't know about scandals, but I could guess. When I saw some matches with him in poland he sometimes get 6 point and sometimes 30 so he have big talent but sometimes he have no heart to play ! what a pity ! he can paly in nba for many years .
    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 01/26/2010 11:12 PM

    Q Woods is exactly like Darius Miles..all the talent in the world, but one of the worst work ethics ever. Also, he doesn't have a passion for the game from what I can tell. I think he just plays to collect a paycheck.
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