I found this comment to be kinda interesting from the "See how the other have lives" department.
"Just thought you all might like to know, the game, despite the outcome, went well for us. We got to our seat at tip off. The boy sort of freaked out at the size of Rose Garden. His eyes were all over the place and he tried to convince me the game was "finished, finished" at the 9 minute mark of the first, He settled down by the 5 minute mark and was flirting with the Portland ladies by the second quarter. Sometime before halftime he noticed mascot running around the arena throwing shirts at people and just being goofy. Then he started pointing to the court and kept saying, "LO, LO... basketball... LO". he fell asleep late in the 4th to chants of Kobe Sucks and Beat LA. When the Lakers made that run in the 4th I was getting heckled with Colorodo Rape reminders. I reminded them of Pippen getting crossed-over and the oop to Shaq and how that was a rape you could convict Kobe of in a court of law. Kobe missed a shot in the second half and some clown yelled, "Roy would have made that". After the Odom foul on Roy I said, "Kobe would have gotten up by now". The game ended, I shook hands with all the Blazer fans and paid respects to the talent on their team. Funny how many Lakers fans were at the game.
I have always had fun being the minority Laker fan in a group of rabid fans from another NBA city. I was living in NYC during the last two Championship runs and it didn't matter which bar I went to, people were there in the hopes of watching the Lakers lose. I've seen Boston (last year), Seattle and GSWs play here in Portland and none of those games had the energy of this game against the Lakers. They whined after every foul against them. Any miss by their team was due to an uncalled foul. Every make by Roy got the fans to their feet. Every make by Kobe shut them up.
I thought putting LO on Outlaw was smart. This matches length to length and Odom is stronger. I hated seeing how easy it seemed for Roy to get by Kobe. Kobe settled for too many jumpers and the 4th quarter run that put the big scare in the fans was all predicated on active defense and Kobe drawing fouls on his drives to the basket. That should have been available all game long and the Blazers would have had to adjust to this rather then the Lakers reacting to the Blazers' early success. After the first quarter I felt good having seen that the Lakers had played pretty low energy ball and were within 2 points or so. The problem was that the defensive intensity didn't pick up until the fourth quarter and by then it was too late, Aldridge was in a rhythm and Roy knows how to play the clock. I don't know how it looked on TV but the Lakers just seem worn out.
Comment by P. Ami -- April 8, 2008 @ 11:15 pm"
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