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Blazers Midseason Review

Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Spo

The Blazers play their 41st game(half way through the regular season) tonight as we travel to Houston.

Seems like it's a good spot to take a break, and assess the state of the Blazers.

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LaMarcus Aldridge has the 5th most points in the league(6th in the league in points/game).
LaMarcus Aldriddge is 5th in the league in total rebounds(6th in the league in rebounds/game).
LaMarcus Aldridge is 4th in the league in defensive rebounds(12th in the league in defensive rebound percentage).
LaMarcus Aldridge has the 9th highest PER in the league.
LaMarcus Aldridge has the 18th most offensive win shares in the league.
LaMarcus Aldridge has the 10th most win shares in the league.
LaMarcus Aldridge has the 20th highest win shares/48 minutes.
LaMarcus Aldridge has attempted and made the most field goals in the NBA.

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Damian Lillard has the 12th most points in the league(12th in the league in points/game).
Damian Lillard is 16th in the league in assists(19th in the league in assists/game).
Damian Lillard leads the league in made 3-pointers.
Damian Lillard has the 6th highest 3P% in the league.
Damian Lillard is 12th in the league in made free throws.
Damian Lillard has the 5th highest FT% in the league.
Damian Lillard has the 11th highest offensive rating in the league.
Damian Lillard has the 5th most offensive win shares in the league.
Damian Lillard has the 9th most win shares in the league.
Damian Lillard has the 11th highest win shares/48 minutes.

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Wes Matthews has the best offensive rating in the league.
Wes Matthews has the 6th highest true shooting percentage in the league.
Wes Matthews is 4th in the league in made 3-pointers, with 107.
Wes Matthews has the 11th highest 3P% in the league.
Wes Matthews has the 8th highest effective field goal percentage in the league.
Wes Matthews has the 9th most offensive win shares in the league.
Wes Matthews has the 19th most win shares in the league.

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Nic Batum is 17th in the league in made 3-pointers, with 77.
Nic Batum is 18th in the league in assists(20th in the league in assists/game).
Nic Batum has the 20th highest true shooting percentage in the league.
Nic Batum has the 18th highest effective field goal percentage in the league.

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Robin Lopez has the second best offensive rating in the league(trailing only Wes Matthews).
Robin Lopez is 4th in the league in offensive rebounds(3rd in the league in offensive rebound percentage).
Robin Lopez is 13th in the league in blocks(14th in the league in blocks/game).
Robin Lopez has the 10th highest FG% in the league.
Robin Lopez has the 17th highest true shooting percentage in the league.

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Blazers are:
* 30-2 when they hold their opponents to less than 48.0%
* 1-7 when their opponent shoots better than 48.0%

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Blazers have scored 90 points in every game this year.

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Blazers have won 15 of their first 20 road games for the third time in franchise history:

1990-91 - 15-5 - Western Conference Finals
1999-00 - 15-5 - Western Conference Finals

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Blazers are 14-0 when they hold their opponent to less than 100 points.

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Damian Lillard is unconscious right now; in the past 15 games Lillard is

* averaging 23.5 points/game, 6.1 assists/game, and 4.3 rebounds/game
* averaging 4 of 8.3 from 3 point range per game (48.4%)
* averaging 7.7 of 16.7 from the field (46.4%)
* averaging 4 of 4.6 from the free throw line (85.7%)

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This season there has been 59 games where player has scored 36 or more points. Lillard has 3 of them in the past 15 games.

# of games scoring at least 36 points this year:
Kevin Durant - 10
James Harden - 5
Stephen Curry - 5
Kyrie Irving - 5
Damian Lillard - 3
Lebron James - 3
Kevin Love - 3
LaMarcus Aldridge - 2
Chris Paul - 2
Paul George - 2
Aaron Afflalo - 2
Brandon Knight - 2
Carmelo Anthony. Dirk Nowitzki, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh. DeMar Derozan, Luol Deng, Monta Ellis, Klay Thompson, John Wall, Joe Johnson, Gordon Hayward, Terrence Jones, Ryan Anderson, Caron Butler, and James Anderson each have 1.

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This season there have been 23 games where a player has made 7 or more 3 pointers. Lillard has 3 of them in the past 15 games.

# of games making at least 7 3-pointers this year:
Damian Lillard - 3
Stephen Curry - 2
Arron Afflalo - 2
Joe Johnson - 2
Ryan Anderson - 2
Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Love, Paul George, Kyle Korver, JJ Reddick, Jeremy Lin, Paul Milsap, Jose Calderon, CJ Miles, Randy Foye, and Terrence Ross each have 1.

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There are 8 players who have made at least 5 3-pointers in 4 or more games. Lillard has 6 of them in the past 15 games.

# of games making at least 5 3-pointers:
Damian Lillard - 10
Stephen Curry - 10
Klay Thompson - 8
Gerald Green - 6
Wes Matthews - 5
Kyle Korver - 5
Channing Frye - 5
Trevor Ariza - 5

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List of players averaging 13 ppg, 6 rpg, and 5 apg:

Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Nic Batum, and Lance Stephenson

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List of players averaging 1 made 3pt/g, 5 rpg, and 5 apg:

Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Nic Batum, and Lance Stephenson

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Nic Batum and Lance Stephenson are statistically basically Lebron James and Kevin Durant (if you cut Lebron/Durant's points in half).

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Nic Batum joins Pippen (1995-96 and 1996-97) and Durant (2013-14) as only NBA players w/ 250 reb, 200 ast, 75 3-PT, 25 blk in team's first 40 games.

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There are a number of Blazers records that could be in jeopardy:

Most 3 pointers in a season? Lillard(2012-13) with 185 made.

Most offensive rebounds in a season? Kermit Washington(1979-80)/Chris Dudley(1994-95) with 325.

Most rebounds in a season? Lloyd Neal(1972-73) with 967.

Highest offensive rebound percentage? Chris Dudley(1994-95) with 15.6.

Highest single season PER? Bill Walton(1977-78) with 24.8.

Highest true shooting percentage? Dave Twardzik(1976-77) with 68.9%.

Highest effective shooting percentage? Buck Williams(1991-92) with 60.4%.

Highest offensive rating? Terry Porter(1990-91) with 127.

Highest win shares? Brandon Roy(2008-09) with 13.5.

Highest offensive win shares? Brandon Roy(2008-09) with 10.9.

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We have 2 televised games on TNT this week:

Monday January 20th: Game 41: Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets

Thursday January 23rd: Game 43: Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trail Blazers

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We also have a televised game on NBATV this week:

Saturday January 25th: Game 44: Minnesota Timberwolves @ Portland Trail Blazers

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And of course 2 that will be shown on Comcast Sports:

Tuesday January 21st: Game 42: Portland Trail Blazers @ Oklahoma City Thunder

Sunday January 26th: Game 45: Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors

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Game 41: Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets

Remember, remember the fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason, and plot.

I see no reason why the gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot....

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Previous meetings this year:

November 5th, 2013: Game 4: Houston Rockets @ Portland Trail Blazers (Blazers lose 116-101)

December 12th, 2013: Game 23: Houston Rockets @ Portland Trail Blazers (Blazers win 111-104)

Future meetings this year:

March 9th, 2014: Game 63: Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets

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The Blazers have played @Houston twice for game 41(the half way point of the regular season):

Jan 17, 1975: Blazers 127-106 Rockets

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/197501170HOU.html

Blazers forward Sidney Wicks, a 1975 all-star, scored 19 points.

Blazers guard Geoff Petrie, former rookie of the year, scored 27 points.

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Jan 22, 1983: Blazers 113-96 Rockets (Blazers outscored the Rockets 17-0 in overtime).

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/198301220HOU.html

Blazers forward Calvin Natt, a future all-star acquired through a trade with the Nets scored 33 points.

Blazers guard Jim Paxson, a 1983 all-star, scored 25 points.

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Game 42: Portland Trail Blazers @ Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder swept the Blazers in the 2012-13 season, winning all 4 games.

The Thunder took the series with the Blazers in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season, 3 games to 1.

Scott Foster what?

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Previous meetings this year:

December 4th, 2013: Game 19: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Portland Trail Blazers (Blazers win 111-104)

December 31st, 2013: Game 32: Portland Trail Blazers @ Oklahoma City Thunder (Blazers win 98-94)

Future meetings this year:

February 11th, 2014: Game 52: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Portland Trail Blazers

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Besides Chris Paul, which point guards are clearly better than Damian Lillard?

Seems to me, that Lillard is part of the tier right below CP3:

Name Age Height Weight Games Played Minutes FGM FGA FG% 3PT 3PTA 3PT% 2PT 2PTA 2PT% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Kyrie Irving 21 6'2" 180 lbs 147 33.4 7.7 17 0.451 1.7 4.4 0.385 6 12.6 0.474 3.8 4.5 0.853 0.7 2.9 3.5 5.8 1.3 0.4 3.1 2.3 20.8
Derrick Rose 25 6'3" 190 lbs 288 36.6 8 17.4 0.46 0.8 2.6 0.312 7.2 14.9 0.485 4 4.9 0.815 1 2.9 3.8 6.8 0.9 0.4 2.9 1.5 20.8
Russell Westbrook 25 6'3" 187 lbs 419 34.2 7.1 16.5 0.432 0.7 2.2 0.303 6.4 14.2 0.452 5.1 6.3 0.813 1.6 3.3 4.9 6.9 1.6 0.3 3.5 2.4 20
Damian Lillard 23 6'3" 195 lbs 122 37.8 6.7 15.8 0.427 2.6 6.5 0.394 4.2 9.3 0.45 3.8 4.3 0.866 0.5 2.9 3.4 6.3 0.9 0.3 2.7 2.2 19.8
Stephen Curry 25 6'3" 185 lbs 297 35.6 7.1 15.5 0.461 2.6 5.9 0.435 4.5 9.5 0.478 2.9 3.2 0.894 0.7 3.5 4.1 6.5 1.7 0.2 3.2 2.9 19.7
John Wall 23 6'4" 195 lbs 223 36 6.2 14.6 0.424 0.4 1.5 0.278 5.8 13 0.442 4.7 5.9 0.794 0.6 3.7 4.4 8.1 1.6 0.6 3.6 2.3 17.5

2013-14 stats:

Name Experience Drafted Games Played Minutes FGM FGA FG% 3PT 3PTA 3PT% 2PT 2PTA 2PT% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Kyrie Irving 2 years #1 pick 37 35.1 7.9 18.4 0.429 1.8 4.9 0.361 6.1 13.5 0.454 3.9 4.7 0.829 0.5 2.4 3 6 1.2 0.4 2.7 2.4 21.5
Stephen Curry 4 years #7 pick 39 37.8 8.1 18.3 0.442 3.2 8.3 0.387 4.9 10 0.487 4.2 4.8 0.866 0.6 4 4.6 9.2 1.9 0.3 4.3 2.8 23.5
Russell Westbrook 5 years #4 pick 25 32.9 7.6 17.9 0.424 1.4 4.4 0.309 6.2 13.5 0.462 4.8 6 0.793 1.1 4.9 6 7 1.8 0.1 4 2.1 21.3
John Wall 3 years #1 pick 39 37.1 7.2 16.6 0.43 1.2 3.7 0.329 5.9 13 0.458 4.6 5.5 0.842 0.6 3.6 4.2 8.6 1.9 0.4 3.5 2.4 20.2
Damian Lillard 1 year #6 pick 40 36.1 6.7 16 0.422 3.2 7.3 0.438 3.5 8.7 0.408 4.7 5.2 0.9 0.4 3.4 3.8 5.8 0.8 0.4 2.3 2.4 21.4
Derrick Rose 4 years #1 pick 10 31.1 5.8 16.4 0.354 1.6 4.7 0.34 4.2 11.7 0.359 2.7 3.2 0.844 0.9 2.3 3.2 4.3 0.5 0.1 3.4 1.5 15.9

I think the argument can be made for Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker, and Deron Williams (they're more traditional point guards instead of combo guards).

Besides them, I don't think any one else is even arguably close. I'm stoked that Lillard is a top 5 to 10 point guard.

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Game 43: Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers are 8-2 in their last 10 games against the Denver Nuggets in Portland.

The 2 losses:

October 29, 2009: Portland Trail Blazers lose 94-97 to the Denver Nuggets

The play by play at the end:

Blazers ball, timeout on the floor, 11 seconds left, Denver up 95-94.
Greg Oden fouled by Kenyon Martin with 5 seconds left
Greg Oden misses foul shot 1 of 2
Greg Oden misses foul shot 2 of 2
Rebound by Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony fouled by Martell Webster with 2 seconds left
Carmelo Anthony makes foul shot 1 of 2. Denver up 96-94
Carmelo Anthony makes foul shot 2 of 2. Denver uup 97-94
Blazers timeout.
Brandon Roy misses 3 point shot at the buzzer.

Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points, shooting 11-21 from the field, 18-19 from the charity stripe, adding 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal (3 turnovers). Just one of his 30 games in which he scored 40+ points.

Brandon Roy tried to bail us out, scoring 30 points, shooting 6-16 from the field, 16-18 from the charity stripe, adding 5 rebounds, 5 assists (1 turnover). Just one of his 22 games in which he scored 30+ points.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200910290POR.html

February 27, 2013: Portland Trail Blazers lose 109-111 to the Denver Nuggets

The play by play at the end:

Blazers ball, timeout on the floor, 13 seconds left, Denver up 110-106.
Batum misses 3 point shot
Babbitt gets the offensive rebound
Lillard hits a 3 point shot with 4 seconds to go. Denver up 110-109.
Andre Miler fouled by Maynor
Andre Miller makes free throw 1 of 2. Denver up 111-109.
Andre Miller misses free throw 2 of 2.
Aldridge gets the rebound and calls timeout with 2.4 seconds left.
Aldridge misses 9 ft shot at the buzzer.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201302270POR.html

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Previous meetings this year:

November 1st, 2013: Game 2: Portland Trail Blazers @ Denver Nuggets (Blazers win 113-98)

Future meetings this year:

February 25th, 2014: Game 57: Portland Trail Blazers @ Denver Nuggets

March 1st, 2014: Game 59: Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trail Blazers

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Previous game 43's against the Nuggets in Portland:

Jan 26, 1987: Blazers 145-141 Nuggets (Blazers outscore the Nuggets 14-10 in overtime).

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/198701260POR.html

Jan 28, 2003: Blazers 98-92 Nuggets

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200301280POR.html

Jan 23, 2014: Blazers v. Nuggets?


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I really like Brian Shaw...

* He's one of the Oakland point guards.
* He went to school at my alma mater UCSB (1986-88).
* He even played a single game for the Blazers: he played 5 minutes, didn't score, but got a rebound, an assist, and a turnover.
* He was one of the 6 players we traded Houston to acquire Scottie Pippen in 1999 (we don't see those 6 for 1 trades too often)

Despite the fact that he won 3 NBA Championships with the LA Lakers in the 4 seasons he played after playing in Portland.

But, under Brian Shaw the Nuggets have already lost 9 home games in their first 20 home games this season.

The past 6 seasons under George Karl, the Nuggets were basically untouchable at home:

2012-13: 38-3
2011-12: 20-13
2010-11: 33-8
2009-10: 34-7
2008-09: 33-8
2007-08: 33-8

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I just hate the frequency that head coaches are hired/fired.

We all know the joke about how winning the Coach of the Year award is actually just a pink slip...

And there is a bit of truth in that, a list of some of the Coachs of the Year:

2012-13: George Karl (fired 2013)
2008-09: Mike Brown (fired in 2010)
2007-08: Byron Scott (fired in 2009)
2006-07: Sam Mitchell (fired in 2008)
2005-06: Avery Johnson (fired in 2008)
2004-05: Mike D'antoni (left to leave in 2008)
2003-04: Hubie Brown (tired? or fired? in 2005)

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The problem is that I can do this with all NBA coaches, minus Gregg Popovich. Almost every coach is gone within 4 years now...

How many coaches do you think have been at their current gig for more than 5 years?

Three, and it's the people you expect:

* Gregg Popovich - took over during the 1996-97 season (4 NBA titles, 5 Western Conference titles, and every single season they've won at least 50 games(or the same rate for lockout years))
* Erik Spoelstra - took over at the start of the 2008-09 season (2 NBA titles, 3 Eastern Conference titles)
* Rick Carlisle - took over at the start of the 2008-09 season(1 NBA title)

Others that have been at their current gig since May 2011:

* Scott Brooks - took over during the 2008-09 season(2 Western Conference finals appearances, and 1 Western Conference title)
* Monty Williams - took over at the start of the 2010-11 season (league owned for awhile so no threat to his job)
* Tom Thibodeau - took over at the start of the 2010-11 season (1 Eastern Conference Finals appearance)
* Frank Vogel - took over during the 2010-11 season(1 Eastern Conference Finals appearance)
* Tyrone Corbin - took over during the 2010-11 season(Jazz give their coaches the long term view)

The other 22 head coaches were not at their current job May 2011.

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Game 44: Minnesota Timberwolves @ Portland Trail Blazers

Rick Adelman is now in his 3rd season as head coach for the Timberwolves.

In his first 3 seasons as head coach of the Trail Blazers, the Blazers had been to the NBA Finals, and to the Western Conference Finals twice.

He made the playoffs in his first 3 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.
He made the playoffs in his first 3 seasons with the Sacramento Kings.
He is yet to make the playoffs with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In fact, the Minnesota Timberwolves made the playoffs all 8 years that Flip Saunders coached the full year.
And, the Minnesota Timberwolves have not made the playoffs all 16 other seasons.

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In the past 15 games played in Portland vs the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Blazers are 14-1.

The loss was March 3, 2012, and the Timberwolves outscored the Blazers by 18 points in the first quarter and 10 points in the fourth quarter. Cupcake had already lost his starting role, and came off the bench to go 1-9 from the field, scoring 2 points in 31 minutes. Four days later, the Blazers lost by double digits @ Minnesota. A week later Nate McMillian had been fired, and Crash had been traded.

In the March 3, 2012 game, Kevin Love scored 42 points. He now has 6 games in which he has scored 40+ points.

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Previous meetings this year:

December 18th, 2013: Game 23: Portland Trail Blazers @ Minnesota Timberwolves (Blazers lost 120-109)

Future meetings this year:

February 8th, 2014: Game 51: Portland Trail Blazers @ Minnesota Timberwolves

February 23rd, 2014: Game 56: Minnesota Timberwolves @ Portland Trail Blazers

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Who is the best Power Forward in the game?

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Always fireworks whenever Kevin Love comes back back to Portland (last 5 matchups):

Kevin Love: 24 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, an assist (1 turnover)
LaMarcus Aldridge: 13 points, 6 rebounds (2 turnovers)
Blazers won 103-95

Kevin Love: 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal (1 turnover)
LaMarcus Aldridge: 26 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, a block (2 turnovers)
Blazers won 119-106

Kevin Love: 42 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal (0 turnovers)
LaMarcus Aldrige:14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, a block (2 turnovers)
Minnesota won 122-110

Kevin Love: 22 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal (3 turnovers)
LaMarcus Aldridge: 37 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, an assist (2 turnovers)
Blazers won 113-102

Kevin Love: 19 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists (1 turnover)
LaMarcus Aldridge: 36 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists, a steal (1 turnover)
Blazers won 107-102

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My favorite Kevin Love basketball game: the 2005 Oregon state Championship game

Lake Ego was ahead of Jesuit 29-12 at half time.

Jesuit outscores Lake Ego 19-10 in the 3rd quarter, giving Lake Ego just an 8 point lead going into the 4th quarter.

Jesuit outscores Lake Ego 26-14 to win the State Championship 57-53.

Kevin Love finished the game with 24 points, 23 rebounds, 5 assists and most importantly, a loss.

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Some Oregon High School NBA stars:

Swede Halbrook led Lincoln High School to become Oregon state Champions in 1952. Halbrook then went to play for the Oregon State Beavers for 2 years(1953-55). At 7'3" Halbrook was the 'Worlds tallest basketball player' until 1982, when Mark Eaton overtook him. He owns the Oregon State record for rebounds in a single game with 36, and owns the Oregon State record for most free throw attempts in a single game with 28 (both came against the Idaho Vandals). He was an All-American in 1955, and led the Beavers to the Elite Eight in 1955. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 1956 draft. He only played 2 years in the NBA, and 6 years in the NIBL.

Mel Counts went to Marshfield in Coos Bay. Counts then went to play for the Oregon State Beavers for 3 years(1961-64), leading the Beavers to the Final Four in 1963 and an Elite Eight appearance in 1962. He scored 48 points against LSU and 42 points against Indiana. At 7'0" Counts was drafted #7 in the 1964 draft by the Boston Celtics. He would win 2 NBA Championships with the Celtics, during his 12 year NBA career. His number #21 is one of 5 numbers retired by the Beavers.

Richard Washington led Benson High School to become 3 time Oregon state Champions from 1971-74. Washington then went to play for the UCLA Bruins for 3 years, winning the 1975 National Championship and named the 1974-75 Final Four Most Valuable Player. He was drafted #3 in the 1976 draft. During his 6 year NBA career Washington only made the playoffs twice.

Danny Ainge led North Eugene High School to become the Oregon state Champions in consecutive years, 1976 and 1977. Originally, Ainge decided he wanted to play baseball, and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays. In 211 games for the Blue Jays, Ainge has 146 hits and 2 home runs. He still holds the Blue Jays record for youngest player to hit a home run. Switching careers, Ainge was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1981 draft. While he won his 2 NBA Championships and was elected an All-star while wearing the Celtics uniform, Ainge will always be remembered here for the 2 seasons he played with the Blazers(1990-92). He became the head coach for the Phoenix Suns from 1996-99, guiding them to a record of 136-90. Even later, he won Executive of the Year in 2008 when he led the Boston Celtics to their first NBA Championship in over 20 years.

AC Green led Benson High School to become the Oregon state Champions in 1981. AC Green then went on to play for the Oregon State Beavers for 4 years(1981-85). He was drafted #23 in the 1985 draft. During his 16 year NBA career AC Green won 3 Championships and was an All-star in 1990.

Terrell Brandon led Grant High School to become the Oregon state Champions in 1988. Brandon then went on to play for the Oregon Ducks for 2 years(1989-91). He was drafted #11 in the 1991 draft. During his 11 year NBA career Terrell Brandon made 2 All-star teams(1996/1997). Michael Jordan eliminated Terrell Brandon from the Eastern Conference Finals his rookie year, playing for the Cavs.

Damon Stoudamire led Wilson to win the Oregon state Championship in 1991. He then went to play for the Arizona Wildcats for 4 years(1991-95). He was drafted #7 in the 1995 draft. He won Rookie of the Year to start his 13 year NBA career. He is cousins with Salim Stoudamire(Lincoln/Lake Oswego, class of 2001, and went on to play 4 years at Arizona as well, and was drafted #31 in the 2005 draft) and current Houston Rocket Terrence Jones(Jefferson High School - 3 consecutive 5A state Championships, and was drafted #18 in the 2012 draft).

My favorite exchanges Kobe has are with guys who have worn the Blazers uniform:

Damon Stoudamire, Kurt Thomas, Ime Udoka

Kobe and Damon "Mighty Mouse" Stoudamire

"B. Shaw - let's go!" - 29 minutes 10 seconds

"Just like old times." "Got a mouse in the house!" -29 minutes 40 seconds

"That's his shot; he been doing that for years." - 30 minutes 10 seconds

Kobe and Kurt Thomas

"Whooooo!!!....... Gottcha!" - 22 minutes 40 seconds

"You going to play till you fifty?" "Hell yah. Hell yah."
"Damn man." "How you gonna hit that bullshit?"
"C'mon man. C'mon man. I get lucky every once in a while" - 24 minutes 40 seconds

"I'm trying to wrestle with him, which is fun. I enjoy those battles; you're a little guy, you gotta have a little man complex." - 32 minutes 20 seconds

Kobe and Ime Udoka

To Vujacic: "SheeShee." (points him out) "Udoka"

Vujacic and Udoka get double techs not 20 seconds later.

"That's my man Sasha doing what he does. Fiesty kid man. Fiesty kid. He's going to get up in you a little bit."

"Wait a minute... that's a double tech." Ref with confidence: "A double tech, yah."

(shifting gears) "You called a double tech, didn't you?" - 23 minutes 50 seconds

Ime Udoka played for Jefferson High School, graduating in 1997. He played 2 years of college ball at San Francisco before returning home to Portland to play 2 years at Portland State University. He went undreafted in the 2000 NBA draft, but has played over 5000 minutes in the NBA spread over a decade NBA career. He started 75 games for the Portland Trail Blazers at SF during the 2006-07 season. He joined the San Antonio coaching staff in 2012: http://www.nba.com/spurs/news/120828_udoka

Mike Dunleavy Jr led the Jesuit Crusaders to the Oregon state Championship in 1999(my Sophomore year). Dunleavy then went on to play for the Duke Blue Devils for 3 years(1999-02). He was drafted #3 in the 2002 draft. He is currently in his 12th year in the league, having contributed 48.2 win shares.

Kevin Love led Lake Oswego to the Oregon state Championship in 2006. Love made it to three consecutive Oregon state Championship games, losing to Jesuit in 2005 and South Medford in 2007. Love then played a single year at UCLA before being drafted #5 in the 2008 draft. He is currently in his 6th NBA season, but he is already a two time All-star, and won Most Improved Player for the 2010-11 season, and won All-NBA second team in 2011-12. He led the league in rebounding during the 2010-11 season. He has had a top 5 PER during 3 seasons.

Kyle Singler led South Medford to the Oregon state Championship in 2007. Singler then went to play 4 years for the Duke Blue Devils. He was the 2009-10 Final Four Most Outstanding Player. He was drafted #33 in the 2011 draft, and signed a 3 yr deal with the Pistons for $3.135M total. In his first 2 seasons, he has started 75 games, and played in all 120 possible games. He's averaging 8.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.8 apg, shooting 44.3% from the field, 35.1% from 3pt range(104/296), and 79.5% from the charity stripe.

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And is it just me: Do the Minnesota Timberwolves seem to have a substantial amount of melanin less than every other NBA team?

Kevin Love
Nikola Pekovic
Chase Budinger
Robbie Hummel
JJ Barea
Alexey Shved
Ricky Rubio
Kevin Martin

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Game 45: Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors

The Three Blazer' Bombers vs the Splash Brothers:

Damian Lillard(128 made 3-pointers on 43.8%), Wes Matthews(107 made 3-pointers on 43.0%), and Nic Batum(79 made 3-pointers on 36.3%)

or

Steph Curry(125 made 3-pointers on 38.7%) and Klay Thompson(127 made 3-pointers on 41.5%), and Andre Iguodala(42 made 3-pointers on 43.2%)

Secondary Blazer' Bombers vs the Curriettes:

Mo Williams(47 made 3-pointers on 36.2%), Dorell Wright(37 made 3-pointers on 35.2%), CJ McCollum(3 made 3-pointers on 33.3%), and Allen Crabbe(5 made 3-pointers on 62.5%)

or

Harrison Barnes(35 made 3-pointers on 41.2%), Draymond Green(30 made 3-pointers on 35.3%), Toney Douglas(19 made 3-pointers on 32.2%), and Kent Bazermore(9 made 3-pointers on 26.5%)

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Previous meetings this year:

November 23rd, 2013: Game 14: Portland Trail Blazers @ Golden State Warriors (Blazers won 113-101)

Future meetings this year:

March 16th, 2014: Game 67: Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers

April 13th, 2014: Game 81: Golden State Warriors @ Portland Trail Blazers

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Since April 2005, the Blazers are just 3-14 @ Golden State.

Though, one of those wins was this game:

The other 2 wins:

March 11, 2010: Brandon Roy scores 41 points, shooting 14-22 from the field, 13-17 from the free throw line, added 8 rebounds(3 offensive), 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block.

Fun fact: Brandon Roy had 4 games where he score 40+ points. The only other Blazers that have more 40+ games than Brandon Roy: Clyde Drexler(17) and Geoff Petrie(13). LaMarcus Aldridge has 2 games where he scored 40+, and Damian Lillard got his first 40 point game at Sacramento January 7th.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201003110GSW.html

February 15th, 2012: The Blazers won this game because the Warriors guards couldn't hit anything; Steph Curry and Monta Ellis combined for 18 points, shooting 6 of 19, shot 1-5 from downtown, and had 4 turnovers.

Fun fact: Dorell Wright was on the Warriors team; he scored 12 points, shooting 5-9 from the field, 2-3 from downtown, adding 5 rebounds(1 offensive), 3 assists and a steal.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/201202150GSW.html

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Go Blazers!

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