Trail Blazers-Clippers Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/17/2010 11:01 AM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    The Trail Blazers left all doubt behind early on that they were ready for action post All-Star break, leading by six after one period and 11 at the half. Before eventually blowing the Clippers out of the water, 109-87, Portland flirted with a drubbing the entire night before the Los Angeles bench, comprised of Mardy Collins, Bobby Brown, and starter Rasual Butler closed a 19 point second half lead down to five at 79-74. The Rose Garden faithful were getting restless and hoping to not repeat a similar choke job the year before against these same Clippers. Immediately after a timeout, Portland played with fire, not timid, en route to an 11-0 run which was aided by hard drives to the hole to put the game on ice.

    "Tonight, we were more ready than they were," Portland center Juwan Howard said. "It was a good way to start the second half of the season."

    "We won pretty much everything but the boards," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "Normally, you are a little rusty coming back after that many days off. But we did a good job taking care of the ball and moving the ball, and we shot the 3-ball good.
    I had a feeling if we could slow Kaman down, it would put the entire Clipper offense in neutral, but not even in my wildest dreams would have believed the All-Star center could only manage 4 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 turnovers against two, smaller power forwards. What I love about the defensive strategy on Kaman was the constant harassment we sent his way. One time the point guard was sent down on the double, while the next go-round a small forward came from behind and poked it away. We had Kaman on his heels the entire night and it was key in sputtering a Clipper offense that has potential to be very high octane.

    LaMarcus didn't have the monstrous game I predicted, but 22 points (9-16) and 9 rebounds will be welcomed with open arms each and every game. More important than statistics was the fact the offense finally ran through him and he responded. I do wish he would get more accustomed to passing to cutters out of the double team though, as he could have racked up numerous assists to streaking guards. I haven't seen the cut to the hoop once LA has had the ball in the post too frequent this year, so it could have been something new Coach Nate is implementing for the rest of the year and will take LMA a couple of games to get used to.

    It was definitely a Marty Party in the Rose Garden last night. 28 points on 9-13 from the floor including an insane 7-11 from I-5, good enough to tie his career-high in points and set a new one for three-point field goals made in a single game. Even more impressive than his seven threes in my opinion, was the fact he put the ball on the floor as well and attacked the hoop when we needed a bucket. In particular, he had a big 3 point play to push our lead back up to 8 with about 8 to go in the 4th off of a hard drive to the hole. When Martell is clicking, he isn't thinking. He just catches and shoots with disregard, a perfect shooters mentality. Myself and a few other Blazer fans have said it before, but it is all mental for Webster. If he can just go out and play, without thinking, he could very well live up to his lottery pick hype. If we get this type of production from Marty the rest of the season, it could make it much easier for the team to swallow the thought of Brandon Roy being out longer than anticipated.

    Roy surprisingly made his all anticipated debut last night, scoring 4 points and looking, to no ones surprise, very rusty. For whatever reason, his hamstring just will not heal and it is only allowing him to play for about 30-35 minutes before tightening up. The pain got so bothersome it hindered him from returning to the game in the 2nd half and has him rethinking his status not only for the rest of the home stand but for the rest of the regular season.

    "I feel like I'm probably going to need to stop playing for awhile," said Roy, who had four points on 2-of-7 shooting in his 15 minutes. "It's hard to get a rhythm. I was more concerned about [making] the move than shooting the basketball. If I'm thinking that much about playing, it's not worth being out there."

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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 02/17/2010 2:39 PM

    It was looking like a typical Blazer game late in the 3rd/early in the 4th when the Cips made their run and cut into that 22 pt lead. But they came back and got the W. If there was one person who would come out strong after the trade it would be Martell, he can play knowing he's gonna get the mins and doesnt have to worry about Outlaw coming back and taking minutes away from him. Rudy looked like he came out of his shooting slump but was crazy all over the place with the ball, cutting across the paint Iverson-style throwing lobs when he really shouldn't be. Bayless needs to prove to me that trading Blake was a good idea, his first showing out after the trade didn't show me a whole lot and i don't know if he's still a bit banged up or not but he wasn't commanding that second unit all that great. Miller looked damn good with that double-double. If Roy needs to sit out the rest of the season, so be it, he needs to make that call himself the fans will hate it but the way the season has been i'd rather him sit and heal that hammy 100%. Looking forward to seeing Camby in Black and Red for the C's game Friday.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/19/2010 1:44 PM

    I thought Bayless played well. He had 4 dimes in limited action, mainly driving to the hoop and kicking it out to Dante. Those two have some great chemistry out there on the court and he was definitely looking to pass the ball. His jumper is inconsistent right now, but with Blake gone and seemingly everyone healthy, he should now know his role will be backup point and getting about 17-20 minutes a night. I'd be pretty surprised if his jumper didn't come back. He shot it well in high school and at Arizona, it is just not going to all of a sudden abandon him.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 02/19/2010 11:06 PM

    The Blazers offense was really stagnant. All the cutters were used as decoys, instead the primary targets. The only balls that got to cutters, was the oop to Lamarcus and the Roy-Miller combo. 7 fast break points, that's it? I thought the coaches were supposed to be working on that? Not a good stategy to pull back into the halfcourt every time, when the refs obviously aren't calling illegal D, and the Celtics are pitching a tent in the paint.

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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 02/20/2010 2:53 AM

    Whoops! Wrong game. This site gets confusing sometimes. Whatever, GO BLAZERS!
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