Trail Blazers/Suns Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/11/2010 12:46 PM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    "We got our ass kicked, plain and simple," Gentry said. "They outplayed us in every phase. They outhustled us. They made good plays, good passes, everything we didn't do."

    For Coach Nate McMillan, those words spoken by opposing Coach Gentry, about his team, must be music to his ears. There is no higher compliment a coach can receive than to hear about how hard his players played and the effort and hustle provided was second to none. Reports came out after the OKC loss that Coach Nate has been trying to get through to his players, but when all the yelling is coming from the coach, it has a tendency to be tuned out. Cue Juwan Howard. From the "Behind the Blazers Locker Room" series, Mr. Howard made his presence known quite well Tuesday night in the locker room, throwing and kicking the water cooler around the room and going on a tirade about their effort given was unacceptable and their recent play was only embarrassing themselves. This situation was exactly why a veteran like Howard was brought into the team as sometimes it takes an older peer to get through to the team. As surprising as his play has been on the court, Juwan has been just as amazing off of it and even if he retires, there needs to be a spot made for him in the Blazers organization.

    Boy, I don't think I have been so happy to be proven wrong by my team! At least I wasn't alone in the sentiment that this game did have blowout written all over it. If the "Mikes", two of the biggest Blazer optimists, can feel that way, then the Trail Blazers really surprised us all! Although it was a bit of a "fools gold" victory, due to getting outscored in the paint, 30-48, and shooting a lights out 58.4% from the floor. The mid-range shot was just falling for our guys tonight. We only received 15 points from the foul line and nine points on three 3-pointers. If you add the free throw, points in the paint, and 3-pointers, Portland scored 54 of their 108 on those three facets of the game, meaning the other half of our points were on jump shots. In no way, shape, or form am I trying to downplay this huge win which is easily a top 5 win on the season, but fans shouldn't expect to hit all of those jump shots at such a torrid pace. I will give the Blazers credit for moving the ball around and using dribble penetration for getting a lot of those jumpers wide open. Personally, I just would have liked to see more than 19 trips to the foul line, really only 13 as the last six were Phoenix fouling in desperation.

    Its really quite difficult to single one player out for the reason we got this win tonight as it was the quintessential team win, with nearly everyone having a hand in the Blazer win. One person who deserves their due on this blog is Steve Blake. I have been pretty critical of his play to date this year, but he played with a purpose and their was a lot of confidence in his decision making last night. His 20 points (7-12) and 12 assists were extremely vital in the Trail Blazer win. He got hot to start the game which gave us the chance to put Phoenix in our rear view and he had an absolute back breaking, momentum stalling three in the 4th, right after Batum's, to kick the lead back up to 13 after the Suns chopped a 22 point lead down to seven in a span of about three minutes.

    Aldridge had 22 points (11-17) and 6 boards and Andre chipped in with 20 points (8-15), 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, but if there was a second game ball to give out, it goes to Dante Cunningham. The dude is just automatic from 15 feet. He shot another amazing percentage, this time going 6-7, which lead to his 13 points. He also found time to grab four rebounds, halt a fast break by swiping away a Jason Richardson lay up, get dunked on hardcore by Amare, and still had enough game to return the favor to Stoudemire with a poster of his own. When I watch him play, I can't help but thinking, "No way is he a rookie, let alone a 2nd round pick."

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  1. GuitarJ111
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    Posted 02/11/2010 1:04 PM

    Just awesome!!  Plain and simple... a much needed win for sure!
    I am a fan of the Blazers once again, rising above all odds and injuries!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/11/2010 1:09 PM

    I know..it is amazing at how much one win can change your outlook on the season. Instead of heading into the break with 4 straight losses and being so close to being ousted in the playoff race, we are now coming off of a huge win and all of the sudden looking at an easier 2nd half schedule with the chances of Roy returning soon.
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 02/11/2010 1:50 PM

    Way better effort from our boys! Big win for us heading into the break and something positive to hang our hat on. Its looking like KP won't be making a deal before the trade deadline from the story I saw on Oregonlive so were just gonna have to grind out the last 26 games and hope for the best. Way to go Howard for getting the team fired up after that poor performance, you could tell Blake fed off of that as well as some of the other players. LMA has his jumper working, and DC! WOW! way to flush that dunk back on STAT there's a highlight clip that will be in every jumbo screen montage for seasons to come.
    I am a fan of RIP CITY > LOB CITY
  1. Posted 02/12/2010 6:11 AM

    DHawes22, .. You are forgetting that the team defeated the Spurs on Feb 4th, .. so if the club had lost to the Suns on Wed night, in PHX, .. that would have been three consecutive losses, .. and not four. 

    Just trying to avoid scaring any Blazers fans with that Statistic heading to the half-way point of the season.
    I am a fan of Good to see the Blazers developing a "total" team game, under the watchful eyes of Kevin Pritchard and Nate McMillan.
  1. mario250775
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    Posted 02/12/2010 11:45 AM

    I had good feeeling that Blazers can win, and they did it with super blake, after some poor performance he played confident and with 20 points and 12 assists was spark which bring win over suns. I am happy and waiting for next matches after allstar weekend.
    GO BLAZERS !!! 

    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/12/2010 12:08 PM

    Good call..the Laker and Thunder losses felt like they counted for more than 1 a piece
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 02/12/2010 1:40 PM

    No doubt, the way our team played in the fourth of the Thunder game we should of gotten another loss.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 02/12/2010 6:31 PM

    This has been one of the most off the wall seasons in recent memory. We are playing horribly at home, even losing to the Lakers there. We have lost a ton of games to subpar opponents whom had no business beating us, yet we are getting all of these road monkeys off of our back. We not only break the streak in Dallas, but win their TWICE and get our first win in Phoenix in 10 tries. Just when you expect Portland to win, they lose, and when you think they have no chance in hell, they pull off the improbable...talk about a roller coaster of a season!

    On another note: I hope the shooting eye of Dante doesn't desert him over the All-Star break, because he has been automatic lately and if he continues this play, should make some all-rookie team.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
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