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31. A Nice Switch: The View from Salt Lake City

Snips and clips from the Utah camp, plus:

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  • Ultimate Trail Blazer Trivia
  • Haiku Game Review
  • Fried Rice
  • Blazers/Jazz Recap
  • Popcorn Machine
  • TBJ: Ron Artest visits the "Lovable Badass" Art Show

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Another Home Loss

posted by AllThatJazzBasketball to SLC Dunk gameday open thread

A few more of these types of home efforts and people will stop jumping on my neck when i say we need to step it up at home.


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Lucky Break

posted by RRR to SLC Dunk gameday open thread

Good thing for us all those Blazer players were injured.

I mean this coulda been a blow out!!

 

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Didn't Go Low

posted by Jazzfan Bayamon to RealGM Jazz message board

What upsets me is the fact that we didn't play inside more. Memo was posting up and only once got the ball inside. Big Al almost didn't get touches inside, while Aldridge was posting up all the time and basically killed us at the end.

 

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Blazers' Aldridge Punishes Jazz

by Brian T. Smith, Salt Lake Tribune

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Utah fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 96-91 at EnergySolutions Arena before a sellout crowd of 19,911. The loss was marked by another highly uneven performance from the Jazz, whom Sloan said were outmuscled and outworked by a Blazers team playing without All-Star guard Brandon Roy.

"They took the life out of us, I guess. They busted us in the mouth and we fell out like flies," Sloan said. "You play games like this at home and in your building, you've got to be a little tougher than we were." * * *

Jazz guard Deron Williams echoed Sloan's worries about consistency Monday morning. Then he backed them up following the defeat.

Williams slumped down in a chair inside Utah's locker room after the loss, neglecting his normal postgame interview session that customarily occurs in a hallway located near the exterior of the space. * * *

"It's been tough all year," Williams said. "Consistency game to game. Consistency within a game. ... We've just go to find it as a group. It's got to be contagious." * * *

 

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The Downbeat - 28 December 2010 - #391 — The It's 10 O'Clock in Anchorage Edition

by Basketball John, SLC Dunk (SBN)

According to Sloan, Hayward had earned he right to more playing time based on his play in Minnesota and practice. What's weird I thought was that he would bring him into the game to start the fourth both times without having played a minute beforehand.

That seems like it would be a hard position to be in even as a vet, let alone a rookie. It's not like he had his hand forced. AK had left the game, true, but CJ Miles was sitting on the bench the entire time when the offense needed something. It just seems like it would be hard to get into the flow of the game at that point.

He did have some decent play. He was able to draw a foul early on a drive and then get to the line on another. He also played some good transition D against Patty Mills.

However, Hayward had some open looks and just couldn't knock them down. He has to start knocking down those open looks. Even if he's playing lock-down D, 37% just isn't going to cut it. * * *

 

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Going Down In A Blazer Of Glory - Utah Jazz Falls To The Portland Trail Blazers 91-96

by Basketball John, SLC Dunk (SBN)

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Portland was the one executing on offense, going for loose balls and rebounds, and outplaying the Jazz in almost all aspects tonight.

A lot of time you can't look at the box score and get the full story. Tonight you could. The Jazz had 17 turnovers to 17 assists. They were out-rebounded 41-31. They had the edge in every statistical category except three-point shooting.

Despite the lackluster play from the Jazz, they had a chance to change their fate with a furious run at the end of the third quarter. They were down 7 at one point, but thanks to a few threes by Raja Bell and CJ Miles, the Jazz finally got the ESA going an tied up the game at 66 all. Unfortunately, they had to stop play because it was the end of the third quarter. If they had another couple minutes, they may have been able to pull away a bit. * * *

This disheartening thing about this loss was that the Blazers were without Roy (who arguably you would have preferred he played), Prybilla, and Camby who went down in the fourth. In addition, the Blazers had 5 road wins all season before this game and were 1 for their last 12 in Utah. * * *

The only silver lining is that the Jazz will get another crack at the Blazers in a few days. * * *

 

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Curious Case of Gordon Hayward

by Mychal, Salt City Hoops (TrueHoop)

A few years back a friend of mine said, "You know your team is bad when you are worrying about your starting 5 players. You know your team is really good when you have time to worry about your water boy."

Right now that water boy is Gordon Hayward. He, selected by the Jazz with the 9th pick in the draft, was supposed to be gift-wrapped talent sent from the heavens. Now he has become the Jazz's victory cigar only seeing playing time in garbage time at the end of blowouts. * * *

Wesley Matthews was able to steal, yes I said steal, playing time because of injuries. Korver was hurt, Miles was hurt, Price had a few bumps and bruises. This allowed Matthews to play out of necessity. Otherwise he never would have seen time, possibly never would have been signed, if no preseason injuries occurred. It is true he stepped up but there is something to be said to stepping up because you HAVE TO instead of pushing others to do so.

Matthews was able to gain confidence because he was their ONLY option at SG for a time. Knowing that you can make mistakes without being pulled is a luxury that cannot be overstated. * * *

 

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Matthews, Blazers Get Revenge

by Lee Tawil, Purple and Blues (Fansided)

What can I say about the Utah Jazz after last night's 96-91 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers? Well, on the bright side, Deron Williams played like a beast on offense, as he scored 31 points on 11-16 shooting (6-8 from 3). However, that is where the positives really end for the Jazz on offense. Although D-Will had the hot hand, he was only able to rack up 6 assists which is about 4 less than he averages per contest. * * *

Of course, the main headline coming into the game was Wesley Matthews' return to Utah. Be it as it may, Matthews was relatively quiet in this game as he scored 14 points on 4-14 shooting from the field. Once the game picked up a flow, he was just another player on the court, and you couldn't really tell that it was his return to ESA. The most noticeable thing that he did was go to D-Will after the game for a quick stop-and-chat. The two seemed to have gotten along last season, and it appears that it has carried over into this season.

Another important thing I noticed was that D-Will gave Matthews his left hand when they did a closing vertical fist bump. The importance? Williams hurt his right wrist toward the end of the game and was clearly trying to protect it. Unless, of course, D-Will always gives the left hand. * * *

 

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Wes Matthews Still Paying Off for Portland

by Andrew Aragon, Deseret News

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Matthews had 14 points and 8 rebounds in Portland's 96-91 win over the Jazz. He helped Portland break a five-game losing streak against Utah, and it was just the Blazers' second road win in their last nine games away from home.

He argued with a handful of fans during Monday's game, but Matthews enjoyed returning to where he made a splash as an undrafted rookie before he earned a fat contract from his new team.

"It was fun being back here playing," Matthews said. "Fans are great. Their support has always been good. I got a lot of mixed signals out there tonight. It was a lot of fun, especially because we got the win."

There were no mixed signals from fans before the game, as they loudly cheered Matthews when he was introduced.

"It felt great," Matthews said. "I wasn't expecting it at all. I really appreciate the support. Jazz fans have always been great to me. I just appreciate it." * * *

 

 

The Bottom Line:

1. Welcome back, Memo!

2. What's the problem with this team at home? Of course there's a big advantage playing in SLC, but the team has still got to play HARD.

3. Deron Williams = stud. Why couldn't you do more of that 4th Quarter Heroics stuff in the first half though?

 

 

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Here's your chance to test your amazing super brain power to see how much you really know about them thar Portland Trail Blazers. Lucky for you it's all multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blanks type of stuff, so the 50 questions might look daunting, but you can probably whizz right through this thing pretty quick. You will need a piece of paper on which to write your answers though.

The questions are skewed towards recent years. Most are pretty easy, some are sort of hard, and a couple you will just have to take a wild stab at answering. 

Answers appear at the very bottom of this column, but if you peek even once before you're finished, you get an automatic F and have to repeat the season. And I know that nobody wants that... No searching for answers on the internet either. Duh.

Ready?

Begin...

 

MULTIPLE CHOICE: 

 

1. Which Portland Blazer announcer has a son who is an NCAA Division-I basketball coach?

          A. Mike Barrett

          B. Antonio Harvey

          C. Mike Rice

          D. Brian Wheeler

 

2. Which Portland Blazer announcer used to work for the Seattle SuperSonics?

          A. Mike Barrett

          B. Antonio Harvey

          C. Mike Rice

          D. Brian Wheeler

 

3. Which current Portland Trail Blazer has already had his college uniform number retired?

          A. Marcus Camby

          B. Andre Miller

          C. Joel Przybilla

          D. Brandon Roy

 

4. Which current Trail Blazer has been on the Portland roster for the longest length of time?

          A. Marcus Camby

          B. Andre Miller

          C. Joel Przybilla

          D. Brandon Roy

 

5. According to official NBA statistics, who is the tallest player on the current Blazer roster?

          A. Marcus Camby

          B. Sean Marks

          C. Greg Oden

          D. Joel Przybilla

 

6. According to official NBA statistics, which of the following is the tallest Wing on the current Portland roster?

          A. Nicolas Batum

          B. Rudy Fernandez

          C. Wesley Matthews

          D. Brandon Roy

 

7. What team does former Trail Blazer Sergio Rodriguez currently play for?

          A. Golden State Warriors

          B. Los Angeles Clippers

          C. New Jersey Nets

          D. New York Knicks

          E. Other

 

8. What team does former Trail Blazer Travis Outlaw currently play for?

          A. Golden State Warriors

          B. Los Angeles Clippers

          C. New Jersey Nets

          D. New York Knicks

          E. Other

 

9. Through Dec. 26, which player leads the 2010-11 Trail Blazers in points scored per game played (PPG)?

          A. LaMarcus Aldridge

          B. Wesley Matthews

          C. Andre Miller

          D. Brandon Roy

 

10. Through Dec. 26, which player leads the 2010-11 Trail Blazers in rebounds per game played (RPG)?

          A. LaMarcus Aldridge

          B. Nicolas Batum

          C. Marcus Camby

          D. Joel Przybilla

 

11. Which of the following is the only Blazer to start all 30 of the team's games this season?

          A. LaMarcus Aldridge

          B. Nicolas Batum

          C. Wesley Matthews

          D. Andre Miller

 

12. Which of the following was the Blazers' first draft choice in the 2010 NBA draft?

          A. Luke Babbitt

          B. Armon Johnson

          C. Patty Mills

          D. Elliott Williams

 

13. Through Dec. 26, which of these young Trail Blazers has logged the most game minutes this season?

          A. Luke Babbitt

          B. Armon Johnson

          C. Patty Mills

          D. Elliott Williams


14. Which of the following Blazers has played in the FEWEST NBA games in his career?

          A. LaMarcus Aldridge

          B. Marcus Camby

          C. Sean Marks

          D. Brandon Roy

 

15. Which of the following Blazers has played in the MOST NBA games in his career?

          A. LaMarcus Aldridge

          B. Marcus Camby

          C. Sean Marks

          D. Brandon Roy

 

TRUE OR FALSE?

 

16.  "Dr. Jack Ramsay" actually earned a doctorate degree.

          T. True

          F. False

 

17. Mike Rice was a draft choice of the Detroit Pistons in 1962.

          T. True

          F. False

 

18. Blazer radio analyst Antonio Harvey was a teammate of Artis Gilmore in the ABA.

          T. True

          F. False

 

19. During the first 3 seasons they were in the NBA, the Blazers' mascot at games was a character called "Pioneer Paul."

          T. True

          F. False

 

20. Paul Allen's yacht, "The Octopus," is longer than the distance from home plate to the centerfield wall at Safeco Field.

          T. True

          F. False

 

21. Paul Allen was a college fraternity brother of Nike's Phil Knight.

          T. True

          F. False

 

22. Blazer Forward Luke Babbitt rides on the professional motocross circuit during the summer months.

          T. True

          F. False

 

23. Former Blazer sideline reporter Rebecca Haarlow retired from sportscasting to pursue a career in fashion modeling.

          T. True

          F. False

 

24. The famous Portland Trail Blazer "pinwheel" logo is said to be an abstract rendition of two 5-man basketball teams lined up against each other.

          T. True

          F. False

 

25. Former Blazer great Clyde Drexler never played on a team that missed the playoffs during his entire NBA career.

          T. True

          F. False

 

26. Rasheed Wallace was ticketed for public urination in Oakland during All Star Weekend in 2000.

          T. True

          F. False

 

27. Blazer legend Bill Walton was the subject of a short-lived television show called Bill Walton's Long Strange Trip.

          T. True

          F. False

 

28. In his youth Blazer broadcasting legend Bill Schonely was an acclaimed concert pianist who once played Carnegie Hall.

          T. True

          F. False

 

29. Following a 1981 earthquake, the Blazers were forc ed to play 3 home games at the Seattle Center Arena (today's Key Arena) while seismic inspections and retrofitting were completed at Memorial Coliseum.

          T. True

          F. False

 

30. Maurice Lucas first worked as an assistant coach for the Blazers under Head Coach Mike Schuler during the 1988-89 season.

          T. True

          F. False

 

THE ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING ARE ALL NUMBERS BETWEEN 0 AND 2500...

 

31. How many times have the Portland Trail Blazers won an NBA Championship?

 

32. How many times have the Blazers made it to the NBA finals?

 

33. What uniform number does Brandon Roy currently wear?

 

34. What uniform number does LaMarcus Aldridge currently wear?

 

35. What uniform number did Bill Walton used to wear when he played for the Blazers?

 

36. How many members of the Blazers' current 15-man roster have NEVER played in a game in the NBA Playoffs?

 

37. There are 10 players' names with retired numbers hanging in the Rose Garden — how many of them played for the Blazers during the decade of the 1990s?

 

38. Not counting the current campaign, how many seasons has Nate McMillan served as Head Coach of the Trail Blazers?

 

39. In what year did the Blazers enter the NBA?

 

40. In what year did the Blazers win their first NBA Championship?

 

WITH WHICH TEAM DID THE FOLLOWING BLAZERS FINISH THEIR PLAYING CAREER?

 

41. Kevin Duckworth

          A. Blazers

          B. Clippers

 

42. Maurice Lucas

          A. Blazers

          B. Clippers

 

43. Arvydas Sabonis

          A. Blazers

          B. Clippers

 

44. Kiki Vandewege

          A. Blazers

          B. Clippers

 

45. Sidney Wicks

          A. Blazers

          B. Clippers

 

HOW MANY SEASONS DID EACH OF THE FOLLOWING PLAY FOR THE BLAZERS?

 

46. Kevin Duckworth

          A. 5 or less

          B. More than 5

 

47. Arvydas Sabonis

           A. 5 or less

           B. More than 5

 

48. Damon Stoudamire

           A. 5 or less

           B. More than 5

 

49. Bill Walton

          A. 5 or less

          B. More than 5

 

50. Buck Williams

           A. 5 or less

           B. More than 5

 

Okay, that's all of them. Go ahead and score yourself — each question is worth 2 points. Answers are at the very bottom... Feel free to brag to everybody how smart you are in the comments section.

 


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It's hard to have hope

Too many bad finishes

Tonight they were clutch

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Here's some more seasonal greetings from the twisted tongue of goofy Uncle Mike...

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Camby  obviously double-dribbles trying to lead a break, with the action finally stopped with a late whistle...

Rice: "I like a referee to see it and call it immediately."

MB: "Isn't the point to get the right call?"

Rice: "Ummm, no, not if it disrupts everything."

 

Opposites day... The Mikes flog tickets for a "Pick Me Up" promotion...

Rice: "That's a good pick me up — much better than a Bloody Mary after the game!"

MB: "Oh, I don't know about that."

 

Halftime with Utah shooting 61%, Blazers 42%. MB asks Rice for a comment on the graphic...

Rice: "I'd rather not look at that..."

MB: "We need you to."

 


Game 31.

Blazers 96 at Jazz 91.

December 27, 2010.

Blazers' record is now 16-15, the Jazz are 21-10.

Gonna do it like Rambo, with the heavy machine gun spraying bullets, baby...

  • I like the Jazz's arena. It's old school, just like their coach — steep elevation of the lower bowl seats and everything is close to the action. 
  • I flipped over one of the most appealing MNF matchups of the season to watch this stuff. Does that make me a masochist?
  • I was thinking about that today, actually. This feels like a really cheesy 1970s B&D movie with Jerry Sloan in the role of creepy old perv headmaster with a table full of rods and switches. (Yikes, this is gonna hurt...)
  • It's GAMETIME, boys and girls... Gimme a "WOOT WOOT!"
  • Jazz jump out to a quick 4-0 lead before LaMarcus lamarcuses his first free throw attempts of the evening... It's the holiday season and all is right with the world.
  • MB: "There have been 243 coaching changes in the NBA since Jerry Sloan has been here in Utah." That's enviable job security in an industry where there is none...
  • Former Jazz player Wesley Matthews gets capped in the key twice in one possession. The Utah crowd goes wild...
  • Blazers started their offensive slump early tonight, no field goals in the first 3:45.
  • Andre gets his second foul at the 6:48 mark and we get to see how Patty Mills does against All Star Deron Williams. (Jerry Sloan selects a switch and swishes it through the air menacingly...)
  • Camby makes a tip and grabs his sore shoulder immediately afterwards. This is not good.
  • TV timeout at 5:47, Jazz up by 4, 11-7.
  • Jazz Center Mehmet Okur sees action for the first time following achilles tendon surgery at the 4:06 mark. He gets a nice ovation from the Jazz faithful.
  • Kirilenko looks like he's trying to emulate glam era David Bowie with that hair style... 
  • Second TV time out at 2:32 and the Jazz are still up by 4 points. I guess survival is okay at this point. So far Patty Mills is acquitting himself well, thank god.
  • Patty Mills doesn't shoot an open trey. Gets called for a double-dribble instead. Take some Damon Stoudamire pills, little friend...
  • Okurs first trey looks really bad and is — barely catching front iron. He later misses another at the horn.
  • Rice with a nice little monologue on the way the lack of Full Strength Brandon is the cause of the Blazers' 4th Quarter scoring troubles. When defenses tighten down, so the theory goes, that's when somebody needs to step up and take over and Portland doesn't have that guy. LMA can't do it, Wesley can't do it, and the Blazers are SOL. Sounds right.
  • Blazers turn over the ball 5 times and the Jazz go on a late run.
  • END OF THE FIRST QUARTER: UTAH 27, PDX 20. Jazz shooting 61%. Par for the course, Portland is far, far from being a legitimate playoff team at this juncture.
  • Rudy with a nice steal on one end followed by a craft drive to the rack on the other end. He's got decent tools, but he's too slight to bang with the big boys in the NBA.
  • This is looking like a 30 point loss tonight. And the reason I'm not watching Saints/Falcons again???
  • Rudy drops a trey and shows the Utah faithful his nifty new goggles.
  • First TV time out and it's Jazz by 6 with the ball. Jazz still shooting 57%; it could be worse.
  • Now the Blazers are offering promotional ticket packages on seats in the 200 level for the Rockets game. Good thing they'e still got that "consecutive sellouts streak" going, nudge nudge, wink wink.
  • Blazers are sloppy, Jazz are sloppy.
  • Blazers score two quick ones in the paint on fast breaks, cutting the lead to just 2. Jerry Sloan scowls and tells Paul Millsap to get back in there. Nate matches with LMA.
  • Nate went zone on Utah and they started to miss perimeter shots. At 6:46, Camby drove the lane and got whacked on his sore shoulder. He drained the pair. Tie game, 33-33.
  • Blazers with some strange defense that leaves Deron Williams wide open in the corner for a 3. Not good.
  • Rudy again cuts the lane for points 8 and 9. Then he steals and is off to the races. Big Al Jefferson cuts him off, wrapping him up hard to stop the layin. They bang heads, skinny Rudy crashes to the floor and Big Jefferson heads for the sidelines, spitting blood into his hand and checking his dental work. Rudy hits the ensuing pair.
  • I really like Deron Williams. A year or two ago I suggested on BE that I'd swap Brandon Roy for him, straight up. I was ridiculed, Roy being the "All Star" and Williams being a "pretty good player." Anybody wanna object to that deal now???
  • The Blazers' bench scored 21 of the team's first 39 points. 
  • Andre Miller makes a terrible pass to turn a 3-on-1 break into a turnover. Somewhere in California, Steve Blake smiles.
  • Deron Williams goes 4-for-4 from behind the arc and the Jazz lead by 4 points again at the 1 minute mark.
  • Mike Rice gives a goofy "THAT'S WHY THE BLAZERS ARE #2 IN THE NBA IN HITTING THE OFFENSIVE BOARDS" and my wife, who doesn't watch basketball but is in the kitchen grabbing something to eat, says, "They are? Wow, I didn't know that."
  • Deron Williams and Rudy Fernandez both with 11 points in the 2nd Quarter.
  • HALFTIME SCORE: UTAH 47, PDX 45. "We'll take that!" Rice chimes in. Why yes. Yes, we will.
  • Now comes the halftime adjustments, after which Jerry Sloan shuts Nate McMillan's squad down in embarrassing fashion, followed by post-game "you've gotta make shots/you've gotta scrap" sound bites... But first it's some Aussie punk for Patty Mills...

HALFTIME ENTERTAINMENT: The Hard Ons "All Set to Go"  (1987)

 

 

  • Master Jerry, we've assumed the position...
  • "Big Al" Jefferson doesn't actually look that big. I think Nic Batum is taller. Maybe it's his big bones or something...
  • Andre unable to penetrate against the Jazz. Rest of the Blazers unable to hit from the perimeter. Quick 7 point Jazz lead... Yikes.
  • The ghost of Raja Bell doesn't look very good, does he? Ya think the Jazz would take a do-over on that Wesley Matthews free agency offer?
  • Amazingly, Blazers revved up, powered by LMA down low. It's a 10-0 Portland run. Sloan needs time out, Blazers up by 3.
  • At 7:30, Camby comes down on somebody's foot and twists his ankle. He's down for at least 30 seconds in obvious pain. He's helped off to the locker room. This is not good, even though x-rays are later negative — whatever that means for a sprained ankle. LMA moves to Center.
  • Blazers go up by 5 when Andre hits a 14 foot jumper from the baseline with the shot clock expiring. The Jazz fans make that uneasy clapping-encouragement sound that home fans make when a good team falls behind to a team they should be beating and the fact starts to sink in... There should be a name for that sound.
  • Blazers continue to play zone. CJ Miles drops a bomb to cut it to 3. Blazers recover with an Andre jumper.
  • Jazz were also playing zone. They even tricked Andre into taking a trey with it. That's as good as a turnover...
  • With 40 seconds left, Williams gets Wesley to bite on a head fake from right at the arc. Williams leans into him and Matthews spins to the floor, clutching his right wrist. Wesley heads to the bench. He soon returns.
  • Utah executes beautifully for a trey in their last possession, Portland turns it over in theirs. That's the difference between these two teams, methinks — clutchiness.
  • END OF THREE QUARTERS: PDX 66, UTAH 66.
  • The 4th Quarter begins with Patty Mills and Sean Marks on the floor. That ill-conceived unit promptly turns the ball over, on cue.
  • Rice: "I get really nervous with Portland running but in the 4th Quarter that's what they have to do to get some easy baskets."
  • I love Jerry Sloan. Best coach in the NBA. He reminds me of legendary OSU coach Ralph Miller. A slightly grumpier version of Ralph, if that's possible... They don't make 'em like that anymore...
  • At 9:47 LMA returns for Sean Marks. Rudy and LMA promptly team up in the paint for 2. Then LMA grabs a tough board in traffic on the other end... He's starting to play like the #2 overall draft choice that he is.
  • First TV time out and it's Portland up 3 on a Patty Mills bomb. Deron Williams gets up off the bench...
  • Time to eat food. Pazole. Yum. There's not a single fiber of my being that thinks that Portland is actually gonna win this thing, but I keep watching anyway...
  • Utah goes to Big Al in the paint, which isn't a bad strategy for an old school coach to follow against this Blazer team. For some reason, they stop doing it as suddenly as they started.
  • Rice: "I've heard of 'Let them play' and they're letting them play both ends."
  • Nate needs time at 3:36, Blazers up 3 with the ball but once again starting to miss everything.
  • Cut to studio, where we hear Terry Porter butcher a cliché: "It's all about effort, energy, and extra effort!"
  • Deron Williams is fouled and goes down. He heads to the bench clutching his right wrist.
  • Three minutes left and it is Utah, not Portland, that's shooting 3-for-13 in the 4th Quarter...
  • Blazers take a 7 point lead at 2:30 on a give and go from LMA to Andre. Now the crowd is really nervous.
  • Two minutes: Blazers by 5. Andre kills time at the circle, dribbles in, hits a two. The Jazz were doubling LMA low and let Miller shoot from 15.
  • Next possession, LMA posts up Big Al, turns, hits the shot and heads back down court with a grin. He's fired up. Blazers are up by 8 with just over a minute remaining. LMA with 16 points in the 2nd Half. Somewhere in California Mr. Snake is heard moaning, his world crumbling before his eyes...
  • Portland rebounds a missed trey by Deron and burns time. Utah takes their foul-to-give at 52 seconds.
  • Andre is stripped late in the shot clock. The grizzled vet Raja Bell goes to the rim for Utah and gets fouled by Dante with 37.9 seconds remaining. Bell hits a pair to make it a two possession game and Nate calls time.
  • The free throw game begins. Blazers barely get it in to Wesley. He bounces in the first one. He spins the second around the rim and in. That should just about do it.
  • Williams dunks. Andre gets fouled with 29 seconds remaining. He misses the first. He makes the second. DAGGER.
  • Utah doesn't go easily... Williams again gets to the rack without the slightest resistance and Wesley gets fouled again with 22.1. If nothing else, this foul ball thing will pad the stats. Sloan once again calls time out, his team down 7 points. Both announcers are too superstitious to talk about anything, certain that their words or lack thereof determine game outcomes... Why not sacrifice a chicken or put on rally hats or something, guys?
  • Williams drains a 3. Andre gets fouled with 14.5. Andre has done this before, he hits a pair, pushing the lead back up to 6.
  • Deron sinks another 3 with 7.7 seconds remaining. That's what superstars do. It's a 3 point game and Nate calls time.
  • Rudy inbounds to Andre who is fouled with just 7 seconds remaining. Andre hits the first and the Mikes chuckle nervously to each other and start talking about how they knew Andre was The Man all along.
  • MB: "It's never easy, you know that."
  • FINAL SCORE: PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 96, UTAH JAZZ 91.
  • Blazers now 3-15 in their last 18 visits to Utah, I think that's what MB said after he revised what he said earlier. Something like that...
  • I guess that's why we watch the games.

 

 


Let's take at this thang graphically, shall we?

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Ya gotta click THIS-HERE LINK to see the swell graphs, that's the way these things work... Ready? Set??? GO!!!

Now here are a few observations about the Popcorn Machine material from me to you:

A. Well what do you know — Portland really won this game. They took the lead with a massive 14-0 run in the 3rd Quarter and despite the Jazz coming back at the start of the 4th, the Blazers kicked it into gear, took a lead, and held it.

B. The decisive 14-0 run was powered by the Blazer starters, plus Dante Cunningham replacing the injured Marcus Camby.

C. LMA was the big dog with 26 points, Andre adding a sneaky 17 that was beefed up by clutch free throwing. All Star Deron Williams had 31 for the Jazz in the loss.

D. Does anybody know why Jerry Sloan played nervous nelly Gordon Hayward instead of Andrei Kirilenko for all of the 4th Quarter?

E. Bad night for Wesley, with an inefficient 14 points, using 17 shots to get there. He tries too hard when he plays the Jazz, I think. He looks tight.



TBJ is dark for a week during the holidays.

Here's a recent piece they did on the "Lovable Badass" Ron Artest art show...

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The Basketball Jones is a NBA blog and video/audio podcast, written and recorded five times a week by J.E. Skeets, Tas Melas, Jason Doyle and Matt Osten. Assume that there will be a couple Not Suitable For Work words used in any given episode.

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Trivia Quiz Answers:

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple Choice: 1-C; 2-D; 3-D; 4-C; 5-D; 6-A; 7-E (Real Madrid); 8-C; 9-A; 10-C; 11-A; 12-A; 13-B; 14-C; 15-B.

True or False: 16-T; 17-T; 18-F; 19-F; 20-T; 21-F; 21-F; 22-F; 23-F; 24-T; 25-T; 26-F; 27-T; 28-F; 29-F; 30-T.

Number Answers: 31-1; 32-3; 33-7; 34-12; 35-32; 36-3; 37-2; 38-5; 39-1970; 40-1977.

Teams: 41-B; 42-A; 43-A; 44-B; 45-B.   Tenure: 46-B; 47-B; 48-B; 49-A; 50-B.

 

Ultimate Trivia Sources: Wikipedia. NBA.com. Trailblazers.com. Basketball-Reference.com

 

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