OK, correct me if I'm wrong, but the Rose Garden was freaking rocking tonight at theSuns game! I've been to roughly 45 games in the last three years, but the energy from the crowd was the loudest I can remember from a non-playoff game at the RG tonight!
I thought the noise the crowd generated was unbeliveable and the atmosphere was electric. After the Blazers took the lead 94-92 and there was a TV timeout that lasted roughly four-five minutes the crowd sustained its noise and energy throughout the whole timeout which was just awesome! I noticed that much of the wine-and-cheese crowd was standing for the majority of this as well which is always pleasing to see. I had a headache, a lost voice, and my hands hurt from all the yelling/screaming/jumping/clapping I was doing during that fourth quarter. All in all a good night!
And just so I don't get completely off Blazer topic, Jerryd Bayless has just earned himself tons more PT with his last two games of effort. The kid is electric. He is the only PG who is currently attacking the basket. Him and Roy were flawless together tonight and the Suns defense clearly could not account for the two of them on the court at the same time. I thought it was extremely telling that, as Dave just noted in his recap, Bayless was able to run sets in the second half even with Roy and Blake on the court at the same time. I hope that this is a sign of things to come because he clearly has the ability, confidence, and backing from his teammates to repeat this output again and again.
I think that his performance just made Miller absolutely trade-able, you can roast me for that take but I just can't watch Miller and Roy interact on the court. When I watched Miller wave off Roy on a possession in Milwaukee, I wanted to break my TV. How can you wave off a two-time All-Star team leader? Ugh. I am convinced, Miller doesn't fit, but I know for now he is a nice insurance policy so I won't complain too loudly.
Also, kudos to the man who was clowning hardcore on that halftime act Avery Watts. Whoever you are, man, you were HILARIOUS. The guy was sitting in the Rip City Row right above Avery Watts' ridiculous concert thing and he was faux-metal-heading throughout the whole lip-synced set. I was rolling in the aisles, it was absolutely priceless and they kept showing it on the big screen! Also, that SAME GUY was the guy who got picked for the Fred Meyer price challenge thingy!! Absolutely the funniest guy I've seen at a Blazers game in a long time.