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How the west (Lakers) was won

So, unlike Tuesday night when the Blazers played like they were on downers, last night was a treatfest. For the first four minutes the Blazers settled for mid range jumpers, sinking one, and were down 10-4. They looked afraid of the Laker bigs, afraid to go inside.  After a timeout - thank you Nate - they slashed and burned to the rim, a melody (sorry, mixed metaphor) they played the rest of the night.  I mean, they were committed (see my previous post 'committment...and'. Wallace, Batum and Matthews feasted at the rim, the Blazers got all the loose balls, hands on tons of passes, and lo and behold, the Laker defense looked like a sieve.  The hustle board read: fast break points, Portland 16, Lakers, 0...no typo there. This was perhaps Miller's best quarterbacking game of the season. Some of his alley-oop passes were merely spectacular, some of his dishes more than amazing. On one defensive rebound, it was 5 Blazers surrounding Gasol, so fearsome were the Lakes that Portland would run out on them they were all back on defense...yes, these are our Blazers I'm talking about. Come to find out, L-train is so big, fast and athletic that Miller can merely launch the rock in the direction of the rim and LaMarcus will beat everyone to it - Ka-boom! Who knew that the Laker defense was slow..that the Laker team is, actually, slow.  You can outrun and outpressure them.  Remember this was LaMarcus against Bynum, Odom and Gasol.  Our other 'bigs' were Nic and Gerald.  Really, this game belongs to Wallace, because it is his intensity at everything everywhere all the time that marked the character of this game and pushed the Blazers to, well, push.  Nice job, team.


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