20. Playoff Intensity?!? The View from Clipperland

Snips and clips from the Clipper camp, plus:


  • Stat Attack!  (The Blazers through 19 games)
  • Haiku Game Review
  • Fried Rice  *** LOST DUE TO SOFTWARE GLITCH ***
  • Blazers/Clippers Recap *** LOST DUE TO SOFTWARE GLITCH ***
  • Popcorn Machine
  • The Basketball Jones



Portland Treated BG Pretty Rough Tonight

posted by RonHarper4 to Clips Nation gameday open thread




Looking for Win 1

posted by bones boy to Clips Nation gameday open thread

Clips went 3-38 on the road in 86-87 and 87-88...

How will they ever win 3 on the road this year?



Too Many Mistakes

posted by thanumba2clippersfan to RealGM Clippers message board

Too many bad turn overs down the stretch, a lot of missed free throws. We now have loss number 10 on the road. I like how we battled back but we came up short.

Tomorrow won't be easy, we put a lot into this one and came up short. I hope we have enough energy for the Kings tomorrow.



Very Frustrating

posted by BoomFizzle to RealGM Clippers message board

Very frustrating game to watch. Portland looked awful tonight. Blake's blown fast break and missed free throws were costly but Vinny also annoyed me.

About 3-4 mins to go he left Bledsoe in there. It seemed too long for me. I think he had back to back turnovers before Baron came back in. I would much rather have Baron out there to close, especially in a physical game.

Not sure about the flagrant calls. Not sure why the one on Baron at the end wasnt a flagrant against him despite being very similar to Cookie's. Also don't understand why one wasnt called on the 2 arm swipe to Craig Smith's face by Fernandez.


No More Moral Victories

posted by JJ LoDuca to RealGM Clippers message board

I'm really disappointed in the way some of the players acted out. The flagrant 2 call on Cook was a little silly, but Craig Smith's reaction to a foul that would've sent HIM to the FT line was WAAAAAY inappropriate. Like, he doesn't know those actions are gonna cost the team ultimately?

There was a nice comeback there, but all in all I'm really disappointed in this one. Just bad. Bad form. Bad teamwork. Bad attitudes. Like I said on my twitter, they all need a stiff drink, some good sleep and a stern talking-to from their mamas. Buncha whiny brats!

No more moral victories. You gotta get the real ones! I'm worried they're settling in to losing — at a certain point it gets comfortable. But I've said before the Kings are usually the perfect remedy for a losing streak, so we'll see how tomorrow goes. But...the Blazers are going home saying the same thing about us tonight :Roll:



Lots of Reasons for the Loss

posted by OhMEohmy to Clippers TopBuzz message board

We lost for a myriad of reasons, and you can't just pin it one way or the other.

Poor free throw shooting comes to mind first. If we can't shoot more than 70% as a team, we're blowing it big time. Offensive rebounds killed us too. We had a lot of tough calls go against us, in a physical game. Cook should've been a flagrant 1. Pryzbilla fouled Griffin harder than he got fouled by Cook. Just cause Griffin doesn't go down easy doesn't mean he isn't getting flagrant fouls on him... It's like Shaq syndrome.

Craig Smith shouldn't have lost his cool. Bledsoe needs to play smarter. Griffin should've given it up to Baron earlier on that fast break. Butler could make some 3's earlier in the game and not wait until we're under the gun. Lots of things could've been done better...

And we were still in it at the end. I still have hope.



I Like This Team

posted by Big Giddy to Clippers TopBuzz message board

You know guys, I sincerely like our players. For me this roster is the best Clippers had ever had in a long time.

It's impossible to have the best player in every position in a team. You can't have D. Howard, Bron, Kobe, D. Will and Griffin in a team. Most of our players are still scratching the surface and you can see great potential in them.

This season will be a rocky ones but exciting and for sure it will sharpen the team. I think the real problem lies in coaching. This team needs a Phil Jackson type of coach. Right?



Portland 100 - Clippers 91: Two Words - Free Throws

by Steve Perrin, Clips Nation (SBN)

Remember Friday night, how I was a wee bit frustrated with the outcome? Well, multiply that by about ten after this excruciating game. Because while at least we had the refs to blame for a massive free throw deficit in Denver, the Clippers have only themselves to blame for missing 17 free throws in a game they trailed by 3 in the final minute.

It was hard for me to conceive of the Blazers as a six-straight loss team, a team with recent losses to the Nets, Sixers and Wizards, and I was worried heading into this game. Indeed, Portland came out of the gate red-hot, and built a 17 point first quarter lead at 28-11. The Blazers played better than we had been led to believe they might, but it was also about the Clippers just playing incredibly poorly. They missed layups, they missed open jumpers, they missed free throws, they turned the ball over. It was a terrible showing. * * *

It's a little ironic in retrospect how livid we in Clips Nation were that Griffin didn't get more calls in Denver Friday. It turns out, the refs aren't really doing us citizens much of a favor sending him to the line. Though the poor fouls shooting was something of a team effort, Blake was definitely the biggest culprit, making just 7 of 16 free throws. The net effect is pretty cut and dried in this game: when the score was 94-91 Blazers with 30 second left in the game, Portland was 25 for 30 from the line while the Clippers were 26 for 43. That's 13 more trips to the line, and only a plus one to show for it. Any reasonably professional level of free throw shooting would have won this game, despite all the other issues the Clippers had.

Once again, the Clippers wasted an effort that in many ways was good enough to win. In particular, they did an outstanding job defending Portland's two leading scorers, Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. The two combined to shoot just 5 for 23. Aldridge was held to 4 points, his season low and the fewest points he's scored since December of last year. Wesley Matthews took up a lot of the slack with 26 points, but you certainly would like to win against the Blazers when you hold Roy and Aldridge to 22% shooting. (Despite his poor night, Roy did hit a tough three in the fourth quarter with Griffin in his face that might have saved the game for them.) * * *


(9)  *** This one is a really nice piece, be sure to give the full thing a read. ***

Blazers 100, Clippers 91

by Jordan Heimer, ClipperBlog (TrueHoop)

No one knows better than Clipper fans that not all lost seasons are created equal. Clipper fans have cheered for unlikeable teams, soulless teams, talentless teams, and teams full of guys we knew wouldn't be around long. Some seasons have been fiascoes, some embarrassments, many simply forgettable. So, as 4-15 starts go, this one hasn't been that bad right? * * *

I'll say this for the Clippers - when they come out flat, they really come out flat. They missed lay-ups, airballed open 3-pointers, allowed the Trailblazers offensive rebound after offensive rebound; DeAndre Jordan and Chris Kaman picked up five combined personal fouls in the first six minutes. A few early hard fouls on Blake Griffin seemed to affect his aggressiveness; at any rate, he stayed completely away from his attacking spin moves throughout the first half, seeming content to fire mid-range jumpers. The Blazers didn't seem like they were playing all that well, just doing their usual thing where they keep every offensive rebound alive, hit the occasional dagger from 3, and make it impossible to get off a clean shot in the paint. (On a personal note, Andre Miller couldn't be more irritating if he started coming through the television and administering nuggies to Clipper fans in their living rooms.) * * *

Complaining about missed free throws always feels a little cantankerous, like whining about about bad weather — but just because no one wants it to rain, doesn't mean it can't play hell with a parade. Blake Griffin's ability to get to the line in the second half was essential in the Clippers come back. Not only did he repeatedly give the Clippers a chance to put points on the board with the clock stopped, but, more importantly, both Aldridge and Przybilla had to spend critical stretches of the fourth quarter on the bench with 5 fouls. But Blake went only 7-16 at the line. If he converts even another two or three FTs, the game at least comes down to its final possessions. * * *



Clippers Just Can't Get Over the Hump on Road, Lose in Portland

by Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times

* * *
Two Clippers, Brian Cook and Craig Smith, were ejected, and the team received five technical fouls in all, most of them resulting from a late-third-quarter scrum. Cook was tossed for a flagrant foul two on the Trail Blazers' Joel Przybilla.

Cook was quickly replaced by Baron Davis as No. 1 enemy when Davis got into it with Nicolas Batum amid pushing and shoving among multiple players. Then Davis was supplanted a few minutes later by Smith, who went after Rudy Fernandez after taking one in the face.

Smith was restrained by none other than former Clippers teammate Marcus Camby. Minutes later, Camby got a flagrant foul, against the kid he once mentored, Blake Griffin.

If it sounds wild, that would be correct. * * *


The Bottom Line:

1. An excellent comeback but a heartbreaking loss for our guys, who need a win on the road in the worst way.

2. A pretty intense and physical game in which the Clippers were frequently mauled by the Blazers but fought back hard.

3. This is a turn-around season and nothing is going to come easily or fast, but with Gordon and Griffin there is a legitimate cause for hope for the Clipper Nation.

4. Yo, Blake — would you please try to emulate someone other than Shaquille O'Neal from the Free Throw line? Thank you very much.




The Blazers through 19 Games


The NBA season is now about 25% completed for the Trail Blazers, a healthy percentage. The year began with a fast start and unjustified delusions of grandeur as the team racked up an impressive number of wins against weak opposition, which was followed with bad injury news accompanied by a series of epic second half collapses. These days the Portland faithful have been reduced to vacant stares, anger, and depression.

Despite the unfortunate turn that the road has taken, we are find ourselves deep enough into this season that we may take a look at statistics to draw inferences about player performance. No longer can the facile disclaimer of "small sample size" be spouted. We're into this thing...

So who is doing what this year? I've invested a little time scouring the stats to present the following little numerical portrait of your 2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers.

I've tried to look at things from a position of emotional neutrality rather than picking and choosing numbers to bolster my personal favorites or besmirch the guys I don't care for as much... In any event, the deficiency I see is emotional rather than statistical. It's a general malaise — virtually from top to bottom this is a "soft" roster lacking "hunger" and "competitive drive." There are a couple of notable exceptions to this squishiness, but you get the point.


Some notes on the stats:

  • "Effective 3-point Percentage" adds weight for each make to take into account the premium of one extra point per bucket. A shooter hitting 3-for-6 inside the arc and 2-for-6 from distance would each generate the same number of points per attempt and have the same effective shooting percentage of .500.
  • "Percentage of Time on Floor" is the percentage of the 917 total Blazer game minutes this season that the player has been part of the action in the game.
  • Scoring, rebounding, assist, and turnover numbers are calculated on a per 36 minute basis to allow the effectiveness of substitutes playing fewer m inutes to be compared with starters playing more minutes.
  • These statistics are based on the first 19 games of the season (i.e., 23% of the year) and do not inclu de numbers put up in the just-completed game against the Clippers. 


Point Guards


Andre Miller


  • Games Played: 19
  • Games Started: 19
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 33.4
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 69.1%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 14.6
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 47.7%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: 10.0%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 88.9%
  • Assists per 36 minutes: 7.8
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 2.2
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 2.9

Comments: Andre Miller is crafty. Andre Miller is slow. Andre Miller has surprising quickness. Andre Miller can get to the rim. Andre Miller has the ugliest set shot ("jumper" in name only) in the NBA. Andre Miller is completely hopeless from behind the arc. Andre Miller is a great passer. Andre Miller gets in the passing lanes and makes steals. Andre Miller is clutch. Andre Miller can't stay in front of 7/8 of the PGs in the NBA on defense. Andre Miller can successfully post up 7l/8 of the PGs in the NBA on offense. Andre Miller rebounds his position as well as anybody in the NBA. All these things are basically true, I think. What does it all mean? Damned if I know. He is who we thought he was, and that's plenty good enough. He is who we thought he was, and that's not nearly good enough. He's not a firey team leader on a team that needs one. He's a stable, calming voice on a team that needs one. I can't get over the feeling that this was the guy that Nate needed about three years ago, when the team was first learning about consistency and stability — he doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low, goes about his business, does his best. Dunno. It's all so contradictory and so confusing. But mark this well: there is no alternative.


Armon Johnson


  • Games Played: 17
  • Games Started: 0
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 11.2
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 20.7%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 13.5
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 48.0%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: 60.0%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 57.9%
  • Assists per 36 minutes: 6.3
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 0.6
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 5.1

Comments: The word for the day is "green." Armon Johnson is green. The left-handed PG has scored capably, demonstrating an ability to hit the 3-ball. He's been a fair passer but a turnover machine when he carries the ball. All these things are very much to be expected from a newcomer to the NBA. Is Armon Johnson really Portland's much desired Point Guard of the Future? It's hard to make that case. Is he a capable NBA backup? Not really, this season at least. Nate is himself clearly having collywobbles about Johnson — as a practice player he seems to have rendered Jerryd Bayless and his salary "dumpable." In terms of actual game performance, however, Nate has chosen to roll the dice on the Paul Allen Fantasy Camper, Patty Mills. It looks to me like the choice of two bad options; any deal Cho makes this season is probably going to bring in another PG option, I'm guessing...


Patty Mills


  • Games Played: 5
  • Games Started: 0
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 6.4
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 3.5%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 9.0
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 25.0%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: 30.0%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 50.0%
  • Assists per 36 minutes: 10.1
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 3.4
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 4.5

Comments: No sooner did I proclaim Patty Mills as a fellow member of the Portland Fan Motivation Department along with Blaze the Trail Cat than did Coach Nate start playing him. Small sample size advisories are thus in effect, be advised. Bottom line here: shooting — not so good, passing — pretty good. It's hard to see Patty Mills as a legit backup PG in this league, but his appearances thus far have not disproven the potential Nate Robinson/J.J. Barea career path. That double negative is actually quite positive, comparatively speaking, since "not sucking" is a rather uncommon and virtuous characteristic for a Blazer player over the last few dismal games... I'll just keep my big, fat mouth shut for now and let the numbers speak for themselves.




Brandon Roy


  • Games Played: 16
  • Games Started: 16
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 35.4
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 61.8%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 18.6
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 44.7%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: 54.8%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 89.5%
  • Rebounds per 36 minutes: 3.2
  • Blocks per 36 minutes: 0.5
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 1.2
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 1.7

Comments: Kevin Pritchard gave this team to Brandon Roy, Andre Miller acknowledged that he is "The Man," and there doesn't seem much chance of the mild-mannered LMA or the hungry young Wes Matthews putting in a claim for ownership — so this remains Brandon's team. Brandon is scoring about 2 points less and corralling 1 rebound less per 36 than last year, so it can be safely said that this season's production is off somewhat. When you consider that THOSE numbers from last year were off by a full point and half a rebound per 36, the case could be made that Brandon Roy is in a process of decline. This is, of course, greatly disturbing to every Blazer fan. We know the reason, of course — his wheels are not right, nor will they ever be. Roy is not getting to the rack effectively this year, the quick first step seems to be MIA and his 2 point shooting percentage sits at a forgettable jumpshooter's 44.7%. Roy seems to be making good for this deficiency by knocking down 3-pointers and Free Throws at a better-than-career clip. Again, this is cause for concern if one believes in the law of averages and no worry if one thinks permanent improvement has been made. Even though he's better when he gets there, Roy is getting to the line less than 5 times per 36 minutes on the floor, versus 6.5 times last year. As troubling as these numbers may be, they are not catastrophic, assuming that others step up to pick up the slack. Anecdotal observations have been made that his defense is also in decline — this may prove to be an even greater issue going forward.


Nicolas Batum


  • Games Played: 19
  • Games Started: 16
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 28.4
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 58.8%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 14.6
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 53.8%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: 50.6%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 72.4%
  • Rebounds per 36 minutes: 5.2
  • Blocks per 36 minutes: 0.8
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 1.4
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 1.3

Comments: Nic Batum's scoring and rebounding is roughly comparable to the figures per 36 minutes that he put up last year. A make here and a board there and he'd be about even — no precipitous decline or obvious cause for concern. The problem, it would seem, is that he has not improved, as we all expected he would after having been injured last year and gained valuable experience playing for the French national team in the summer. Nic has spoken somewhat disparagingly of his offensive role of camping out in the short corner to shoot 3 balls as "playing the Portland." If this is indeed what he is expected and needed to do in Nate McMillan's offensive system, he has taken a major step backwards from last year's phenomenal 40.9% (effectively 61.8%) clip. Indeed, he's not even connecting at the rate he accomplished as a rookie — which would seem to be a large part of Portland's offensive problem this year and one likely reason that he has been replaced in the starting lineup by Wesley Matthews. Nic is probably the most marketable trade property on the Blazer roster, with his obvious physical gifts, growth potential, and low rookie contract, and it would not surprise me in the least to see him moved this season if the decision is made to shake up this faltering roster.


Wesley Matthews


  • Games Played: 19
  • Games Started: 6
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 26.7
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 55.4%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 17.9
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 58.5%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: 51.9%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 78.9%
  • Rebounds per 36 minutes: 4.0
  • Blocks per 36 minutes: 0.3
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 1.1
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 2.2

Comments: If the decision to give away Martell Webster to move up to draft Luke Babbitt was idiotic and the decision to dump Jerryd Bayless for a draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets ahead of the trade deadline was extremely ill-advised, credit must be given to the Blazer organization for the coup of stealing second year Wing Wesley Matthews from the Utah Jazz in free agency. Despite a relatively poor early season coming off the bench, Matthews has demonstrated an ability to get to the rim (hitting shots at an incredible 58.5% rate inside the arc), to hit from downtown at a quite passable rate, and to score the ball like a legit star. Matthews' scoring per 36 minutes is up considerably from the 13.7 points that he mustered in his rookie year and his rebounding has likewise improved from 3.4 to 4.0 per 36 minutes on the floor. Turnovers are up a bit, from 1.7 to 2.2 per 36 minutes, and his Free Throw percentage is off a tad, but the good things we are all seeing far outweigh the bad. If there is to be hope for this current Blazer roster this season, responsibility lays heavily upon Matthews' broad shoulders... Roy can't get to the rim and finish like he used to and Bayless is gone, there has to be somebody willing and able to do it. It may sound like hyperbole but I believe it: as goes Wesley Matthews, so go the 2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers.


Rudy Fernandez


  • Games Played: 17
  • Games Started: 0
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 18.2
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 33.7%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 13.4
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 32.1%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: 51.3%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 82.6%
  • Rebounds per 36 minutes: 3.0
  • Blocks per 36 minutes: 0.1
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 1.9
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 1.5

Comments: Rudy's 2 point shooting percentage is appalling, but he's only taken 28 shots this year from inside the arc, as opposed to 76 shots from downtown. If there is a 3-point specialist on this team, in other words, he's the guy. Still, it's rather stunning that Wesley's 28-for-81 from downtown is a slightly better percentage than Rudy's 26-for-76. If you are grimacing when the former puts up a bomb and smiling when the latter puts up the same shot, be advised to equalize — it's statistically about exactly as likely that one will hit as the other. The stat that isn't showing above is Rudy's Assist rate, up from last year's 3.2 to 3.4 per 36 minutes. The kid can pass. Unfortunately, as long and gangly as he is, Rudy has failed to demonstrate sufficient ball-handling skills to play Point Guard in the NBA — Nate's early attempt to try him out in that capacity proved a dismal failure. Fernandez's 3 point shooting has declined every season since he came to the NBA, which is a large cause of concern for the tepid offense of this jumpshooting team. Even at that, he's still hitting at a competent effective rate of 51.3% from downtown. My guess is that the logic of the situation will make it Nic Batum who ends up being moved, which in turn may render Rudy untradeable from Portland's perspective. He certainly hasn't shown enough this season to cause rival GMs to ring Rich Cho's phone off the hook... His value to the Blazers exceeds his market worth and Portland will probably hang on and hope that Rudy gets hot.


Luke Babbitt


  • Games Played: 8
  • Games Started: 0
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 3.8
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 3.3%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 7.2
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 25.0%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: 25.0%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 25.0%
  • Rebounds per 36 minutes: 4.8
  • Blocks per 36 minutes: 1.2
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 0.0
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 1.2

Comments: Reputedly a terrific shooter, Luke Babbitt hasn't demonstrated as much in 30 lame minutes of garbage time. His FG%, his e3PT%, and his FT% are all equally hideous. When I was calling "Wasted Draft Pick" on this dude in summer league and likening him to WAC shooting sensation Adam Morrison, I was met with scoffing, mockery, and ridicule. Now after a quarter of an NBA season when I observe that benchwarmer Babbitt is the Adam Morrison of the Trail Blazers, I'm sure I will be met with wailing pleas of "small sample size." Whatever... Luke Babbitt is a stiff and he'll be out of the NBA 18 months hence, bottom line. And yes, the Martell Webster giveaway to be able to move up in the draft to make the Babbitt pick does indeed stick in my craw. If you want to know why the 2010-11 Blazers are shallow and sucky compared to their 2009-10 variant, look no further than the current failed draft crop. Babbitt has scored a total of 6 points this season, by the way, and the team is 1 win and 7 losses in the 8 games in which he has made an appearance of any duration.




LaMarcus Aldridge


Games Played: 19

  • Games Started: 19
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 39.2
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 81.2%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 16.7
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 44.2%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: 64.3%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 79.3%
  • Rebounds per 36 minutes: 7.8
  • Blocks per 36 minutes: 1.0
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 1.0
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 2.0

Comments: Nobody has to be happier than LMA about the return of Joel Przybilla to the ranks of the living. If Przy can contribute 20 to 25 minutes, time will be available to move Marcus Camby to the Power Forward position, giving the overworked and overpaid LMA needed rest. LaMarcus has played far more minutes than any other Blazer this year and his loss to injury would be the single most catastrophic event that could befall this floundering team this season, in my opinion — the hole in the roster that would be vacated by his absence would be massive. LMA's scoring is off a tad this year, his rebounding is about what it was last season on a per 36 minute basis. He remains a critical component of the scoring attack and any deficiency in that department by the team this year must fall upon him as much as it does on Brandon Roy. The time for him to step up is now — but chances are he will never become the superstar upon which the Portland organization has staked so much. The numbers above make LMA appear to be quite the 3-point bomber, but he's only taken 7 shots from beyond the arc all year, so the old "small sample size" excuse is fully applicable.


Marcus Camby


  • Games Played: 19
  • Games Started: 19
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 28.8
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 59.7%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 7.2
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 41.0%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: N/A
  • Free Throw Percentage: 63.6%
  • Rebounds per 36 minutes: 12.9
  • Blocks per 36 minutes: 2.2
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 0.9
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 1.2

Comments: The oldest member of the Portland Trail Blazers, Marcus Camby remains a top-flight rebounder, although one whose offensive game is in serious decline. Camby's career scoring rate of 12.1 points per 36 minutes has become a memory, with his scoring off from 12.0 to 8.6 to 7.2 this season. With his uniquely ugly jumpshot missing all too frequently these days, Camby presence on the floor has come to represent no discernible offensive improvement over that of Joel Przybilla. There is a lot of money tied up in Camby, whose age probably writes him out of the team's plans going forward. It's a tough situation for the team — in an ideal world with a healthy Oden and Pendergraph, either Pryzzy or Camby would have probably been moved at the deadline. Now the team is forced to stand pat and pray for the continued health of both. But if Camby truly is in offensive decline and he is moved to the 4 to give LMA rest for a certain number of minutes — where is the scoring going to come from in a line featuring Przybilla and Camby? That's a really good question and we're a few games from having to learn the answer. Portland hasn't exactly had offensive firepower to spare this year, y'know...


Dante Cunningham


  • Games Played: 19
  • Games Started: 0
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 18.4
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 38.2%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 8.8
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 45.7%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: 0.0%
  • Free Throw Percentage: 75.0%
  • Rebounds per 36 minutes: 7.0
  • Blocks per 36 minutes: 0.9
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 0.8
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 0.8

Comments: When I look at Dante Cunningham's size and body type, I see a Small Forward, but Nate McMillan has used him almost exclusively at the 4 in a "small ball" lineup, so I reckon he's a "Big" for the purposes of this analysis. Dante is a member of the Andre Miller club from behind the arc — it's outside of his range and he's wisely only taken four cracks from downtown, typically under duress. His lack of a reliable corner-3 ball is probably one of the reasons that Nate has made no effort to use him outside of the Power Forward position. Dante's midrange jumper is capable and his hustle remains generally excellent. Unfortunately, both his scoring and rebounding numbers per 36 minutes are off significantly this season, down from last year's 12.8 and 8.1 to this year's 8.8 and 7.0. In another year, that might be something that could easily be ignored, but in the era of the offensive drought and the shallow bench, every offensive failure by a Blazer is cause for major concern. Dante is not off to a good start this season, that's the bottom line.


Sean Marks


  • Games Played: 9
  • Games Started: 0
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 7.9
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 7.7%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 9.1
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 50.0%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: N/A
  • Free Throw Percentage: 100%
  • Rebounds per 36 minutes: 5.6
  • Blocks per 36 minutes: 0.5
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 0.0
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 2.0

Comments: In an ideal world, Kiwi journeyman Sean Marks would be an emergency backup, kept on the wall behind a pane of glass with a little hammer on a chain next to it. Unfortunately, this year's injury traumas have made his use a nightly occurrence recently... The 35-year old has made a career spelling tweaked and tired starters, putting up a passable 10.3 points per 36 minutes of action over the course of his 10+ seasons in the NBA. Marks' minutes from this point forward may be seen as a gauge on the return of Joel Przybilla — as Joel gets back to full strength and fitness, one would expect Marks' minutes to decline in tandem. If something goes wrong and Joel is unable to come back at a fully competitive level, Marks' minutes will remain. Marks still has a jumpshot — he actually looks more comfortable and hits at a statistically higher rate than does starter Marcus Camby. As a rebounder? Not so much...


Joel Przybilla


  • Games Played: 1
  • Games Started: 0
  • Average Minutes Per Game: 20.0
  • Percentage of Time on Floor: 2.2%
  • Points scored per 36 minutes: 7.2
  • 2-point Shooting Percentage: 100%
  • Effective 3-point Shooting Percentage: N/A
  • Free Throw Percentage: N/A
  • Rebounds per 36 minutes: 12.6
  • Blocks per 36 minutes: 0.0
  • Steals per 36 minutes: 1.8
  • Turnovers per 36 minutes: 0.0

Comments: Hey, he's back, thank god... It's been all of one game now. None of these numbers mean anything, of course. For the record, Pryzzy is 7.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per 36 minutes over the course of his career.


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Blazers Ranked by Percentage of Time on the Floor:

  1. Aldridge (b) — 81.2%
  2. Miller (p) — 69.1%
  3. Roy (w) — 61.8%
  4. Camby (b) — 59.7%
  5. Batum (w) — 58.8%
  6. Matthews (w) — 55.4%
  7. Cunningham (b) — 38.2%
  8. Fernandez (w) — 33.7%
  9. Johnson (p) — 20.7%
  10. Marks (b) — 7.7%
  11. Mills (p) — 3.5%
  12. Babbit (w) — 3.3%
  13. Przybilla (b) — 2.2%


Blazers Ranked by Points Scored Per 36 Minutes Played

  1. Brandon Roy (w) — 18.6
  2. Wesley Matthews (w) — 17.9
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge (b) — 16.7
  4. Andre Miller (p) — 14.6
  5. Nic Batum (w) — 14.6
  6. Armon Johnson (p) — 13.5
  7. Rudy Fernandez (w) — 13.4
  8. Sean Marks (b) — 9.1
  9. Patty Mills (p) — 9.0
  10. Dante Cunningham (b) — 8.8
  11. Marcus Camby (b) — 7.2
  12. Luke Babbitt (w) — 7.2
  13. Joel Przybilla (b) — 7.2 *


Blazers Ranked by Rebounds Per 36 Minutes

  1. Marcus Camby (b) — 12.9
  2. Joel Przybilla (b) — 12.6 *
  3. LaMarcus Aldridge (b) — 7.8
  4. Dante Cunningham (b) — 7.0
  5. Sean Marks (b) — 5.6
  6. Nic Batum (w) — 5.2
  7. Luke Babbitt (w) — 4.8
  8. Armon Johnson (p) — 4.4
  9. Wesley Matthews (w) — 4.0
  10. Andre Miller (p) — 3.6
  11. Brandon Roy (w) — 3.2
  12. Rudy Fernandez (w) — 3.0
  13. Patty Mills (p) — 0.9


Blazers Ranked by 2 Point Field Goal Percentage

  1. Wesley Matthews (w) — 58.5%
  2. Nic Batum (w) — 53.8%
  3. Sean Marks (b) — 50.0%
  4. Armon Johnson (p) — 48.0%
  5. Andre Miller (p) — 47.7%
  6. Dante Cunningham (b) — 45.7%
  7. Brandon Roy (w) — 44.7%
  8. LaMarcus Aldridge (b) — 44.2%
  9. Marcus Camby (b) — 41.0%
  10. Rudy Fernandez (w) — 32.1%
  11. Patty Mills (p)  — 25.0%
  12. Luke Babbitt (w) — 25.0%


Blazers Ranked by Effective 3 Point Shot Shooting Percentage

  1. LaMarcus Aldridge (b) — 64.3%
  2. Armon Johnson (p) — 60.0%
  3. Brandon Roy (w) — 54.8%
  4. Wesley Matthews (w) — 51.9%
  5. Rudy Fernandez (w) — 51.3%
  6. Nic Batum (w) — 50.6%
  7. Patty Mills (p) — 30.0%
  8. Luke Babbitt (w) — 25.0%
  9. Andre Miller (p) — 10.0%
  10. Dante Cunningham (b) — 0.0%


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Clippers are in town

Nothing is easy these days

Same game, new result





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



Rice's off the wallery, which revolved around his new alter-ego "Alonzo Gee," were lost in a software glitch. Blame SB Nation...

Game 20.

Clippers 91 at Blazers 100.

November 5, 2010.

Blazers' record is now 9-11, The Clippers are 4-17.


This recap was lost in a software glitch. Sorry.


Quote of the night: Marcus Camby: "It felt like a playoff atmosphere out there."

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


This is a redo after SBN ate my homework... First off, you still need to click THIS LINK to see the swell pictures... Do it!

Here's what I'm seeing this morning...

A. Negative Nelies might say "same old same old" about the Blazers' second half offensive travails, but one could just as easily give it an optimistic spin and call this a wire-to-wire Blazer win.

B. The big 3rd Quarter hiccup was chiefly attributable to the Blazers' starters.

C.  Clippers team-high scorer Eric Gordon was also team-low in plus/minus at Minus-21. I'm not reading too much in this apparent anomaly myself, passed along here for the sake of trivia.

D. Matthews was the 1st Quarter hero, Batum was the 2nd Quarter hero, Matthews saved the Blazers' bacon in the horrific 3rd Quarter, and the 4th Quarter saw key contributions from several players, including Rudy, Roy, and Andre.

E. Nic had a career high 14 rebounds and Camby was a macho man with 19 more. With LMA and Pryz in deep foul trouble throughout this game, somebody needed to step up big on the boards and they did.



Finally, let's gather round for another installment of THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD, eh?


In case you missed it, here is Monday's show...

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.

Stat Attack! Sources: Trail Blazers page, from which calculations were made. Per 36 Minutes stats from

Photo Credits: All photos by Associated Press except for Armon Johnson, which is from All photos heavily tweaked in Photoshop by Tim Davenport. Photographer credits were lost in a software glitch.

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