Trail Blazers/Raptor Post-Game
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/25/2010 1:57 PM

    Post-Game Thoughts
    "Start the bus up, let's go," Howard said to Nate McMillan, embracing his coach to celebrate Portland's 101-87 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

    In recent typical Trail Blazers fashion, the team raced out to a 17 point lead, 51-34, with 3:40 left to go in the half. In a bat of an eye, Toronto had probably the quickest 13-2 run my eyes have ever seen. Although this three-game trend of getting more than comfortable leads, only to allow the opponent back into the thick of the game is a major red flag, credit must be given to the Blazers for weathering the storm and finishing the game out strong in the form of a 101-87 victory.

    Without Bosh, the Raptors did indeed bombs away from downtown, going 7-20 which is lower than their seasonal average by about 2%. Early on the Blazers were a little slow to put a hand up on the 3-point attempt, but as the game wore on, the defensive intensity on the perimeter increased. As great as the bench was and Andre's near triple double will get the attention, it was the defense which was the catalyst to another road victory. Portland had to keep Toronto from sniffing the century mark, and they did by only giving up 87 points, which broke a streak of double digit 100+ point games by the Raptors. Also, the Blazers, outside of one series in the 3rd quarter, did a great job of holding the Raptors to one shot and one shot only as Toronto only was able to grab 9 offensive rebounds. The last facet of the game Portland had to control were the easy points off of the fast-break, which the Raps were held to a respectable 14 points. Portland laid out the blue-print for how to beat a team without their superstar by limiting cheap, easy buckets for Toronto and continued to take care of the ball at an amazing clip. One night after committing only 4 turnovers, the Blazers only coughed it up 6 times.

    Aldridge did not have the type of game I expected against a soft Raptors front-court, only scoring 9 points on 4-12 shooting an only grabbing 2 rebounds. No reason to worry though as the Blazer bench stepped up and rose to the occasion. Rudy Fernandez played by far his best game of the season, going off for 17 points (6-9), an unexpected 7 rebounds, and 3 assists in a confidence-building 32 minutes. This is the Rudy fans have been hoping and waiting for. He was brilliant in the open court, including a tribute to Dr. J with his reverse lay-up and hitting back-breaking three after back-breaking three to always put Uncle Mo (momentum) on the side of Portland. This performance coming on the heals of a report out of Spain speculating how unhappy Rudy is here in the Rose City. Is the report true or false? No one knows, but just keep up this type of play Rudy! Also, how nice was it to see Jerryd find his jump shot? He and Dante also provided a scoring punch scoring a combined 18 points, 11 for Bayless and 7 for Cunningham.

    "I thought our bench, Rudy [Fernandez] and [Jerryd] Bayless, those guys did a nice job of coming in and providing some scoring and they had some pretty fresh legs," McMillan said. "The fact that Bosh wasn't here, we certainly tried to take advantage of that. I thought our guys got off to a good start."
    "The bench was big tonight," Roy said. "I think I just try to go out and play by game to get back in shape, but I think Rudy and Bayless played huge off of the bench. If they can play that well, they'll make my job a lot easier and guys can't kill me as much."

    I can not wait until next year. Give Andre Miller a completely healthy team and the Blazers will be the top threat to dethrone L.A. in the West. He has a calming presence over the team and take a lot of the burden off of Roy. Dre had a near triple-double tonight with 18 points (8-14), 10 assist, and 7 rebounds. Whenever we needed a basket, Dre was there with the lay-up or post up jump shot. Toronto got the lead as low as one point, but Miller always had an answer either with his scoring or finding an open teammate for a good look.
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 02/25/2010 8:49 PM

    Nice win in the throwbacks! This game and the game in Memphis were the games that could be tough for our team but they played solid overcame the runs the Raptors put together and got the win. Dre looked really good scoring and dishing out dimes, Brandon also looked better and is probably getting back into the flow of things. Big let down for LMA, made up for some of it in the 4th hitting some big shots but not his best stuff. I agree with Hawes that the scoring lapses late in games is a huge red flag and is something those top level teams will take advantage of.
    I am a fan of RIP CITY > LOB CITY
  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 02/26/2010 10:47 AM

    I couldn't believe we won and nothing bad happened in those throwbacks!
    When a team is making a run on us, we need to abandon the jump shot and just go to hole, reckless or not, sometimes. There is no bigger momentum killer than getting to the foul line and scoring as the clock is stopped.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. mario250775
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    Posted 02/26/2010 12:57 PM

    Great win in Toronto, it sounds good ! super game for Rudy and Jared and of course Andre Miller, his playing intelligence is really on high level. Blazers go to Chicago and WIN !
    Fans are waiting for another good perfomance ! 

    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 02/26/2010 2:27 PM

    Hey Mari!
    Your boy Rudy was phenomenal last night. I really hope the not wanting to be in Portland ploy Marca, the Spanish tabloid, is spewing is false. When he is on, he gives this team a Ginonili-type of lift off of the bench.
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  1. mario250775
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    Posted 02/27/2010 2:46 AM

    Yes You are wright, he was hot, but next game in chicago he get 3 point in 20 min !,
    what is the problem ? is it his problem with irregular play or coach  have problem to find for him the best place on the field. I think he should play 25-30 min per game minimum because he is such kind of player which must feel that he is important part of the team. What is Your opinion ? , You are watching full matches and have more posibilities to get more  objective thought  ! I like his style and for me  He is good enough to stay in nba and play for Blazers on high level ! Go RUDY !
    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
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