For years I have scoured Blazersedge, never commenting or posting, merely surveying the thoughts and opinions of those more motivated than I. But after what happened last night, I feel I must emerge from the shadows.
In the fourth quarter of last night's game, after Cuban had been agging on the section behind the Blazer bench for some time, the unthinkable happened. A projectile was launched from the crowd, striking Mark Cuban square in the left cheek. I watched the calamity unfold from my baseline seat, approximately 30 feet from the now forlorn Cuban. The projectile was the go to weapon of the elementary arsenal: the wadded up straw wrapper.
I did not see the thrower, but given the trajectory and distance this shot must have covered, it was the kind of thing of which middle school legends are made. Cuban whirled around in his chair to stare down the crowd, surely striking the fear of God into the perpetrator. Portland security moved in to form a wall behind Cuban when he reacted, fearlessly putting their own well being on the line to protect the Mavs owner from another straw wrapper barrage.
As silly as it sounds, I have to think this is the attack Cuban was referring to in the media. Immediately following this security moved in, and it was mid way through the 4th quarter as Cuban said. Whether it was a straw wrapper or gum wrapper, I can not say with complete certainty. But I can say with certainty given the manner the projectile flew, and the way it bounced off the face of Cuban that it was a very small piece of wadded up paper.
Unfortunate that this will undoubtedly reflect poorly on a Portland fan base that has already been portrayed as nothing short of rabid. The quote from Cuban has already made front page ESPN coverage.
EDIT: To clarify, this is not to take away from the serious issue that fans should NOT get involved with what's going on on the floor, it's merely making light of what has been portrayed as a dangerous situation in the media. I've seen writers speculating and saying "bad on Portland fans," but I have not seen anyone else say what exactly this "projectile" was.