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Giving & Taking Blame For Blazers' Botched Inbounds Pass

A couple quick follow-ups from the final crucial turnover that led to the Portland Trail Blazers' loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday night. I noted in my report that forward Nicolas Batum fell on his sword for the failed inbounds play, saying that it was his fault because he didn't see Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley sneak up behind Blazers guard Raymond Felton. ------------------------------- "I didn't see [Tinsley]," he said. "I did not see him. He's just a little guy, you know? When I passed it, he just got it, I don't know how he did it, but he did it... That's on me. That's on me because I have to watch everything. Ray was wide open in front of me. Then I've got to watch the guy behind him also. He was wide open. He was wide open so I give him the ball but I didn't see the guy coming." ------------------------------- I reported that Felton said he was happy to take the blame overall but Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune got a great quote from Felton specifically responding to Batum's sword falling statement. ------------------------------- "I’m the type of person, I can’t let Nic take the blame," said Felton, who had four points, nine rebounds and eight assists but also four turnovers and 2-for-10 shooting. "One, we’re in this together. Two, being the point guard, the captain, the leader of this team, I’d rather everybody blame me than anybody else. I can take it." ------------------------------- Dwight Jaynes of CSNNW.com is happy to take Felton's advice and blame him. ------------------------------- Batum was officially credited with that turnover but anyone who has played basketball past the eighth grade knew what happened on the play and what Felton did wrong. Your job as the player receiving that pass is simple -- just keep the defender on your back, placing your body as a buffer so you can receive the ball without interference from the defense. And then, of course, go to meet the ball quickly with force. Felton did none of those things and then, when Tinsley had it, rather than hustle back on defense, Felton screamed at a referee. Later, Felton -- while lathering his hands and body with oodles of lotion -- claimed that both of Tinsley's feet were out of bounds on the steal but replays seemed to prove otherwise. At any rate, Felton messed the play up in the first place and the Trail Blazers paid the price. ------------------------------- Rob Simonsen of Portland Roundball Society says it's time to make a change. ------------------------------- From excuses about Tinsley’s being out of bounds, to talking about how this will hurt, to comparing the fans that understand his game to fans that boo, Felton comes off as self-righteous. He must be benched. There is no way the cornerstones of this team (Aldridge & Batum) should be stuck sticking up for such boneheaded plays. ------------------------------- Earlier, Mike Barrett of Blazers.com expressed some sympathy. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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