BlazersMakr Report.

As a Niners fan living in the Northwest:

This past week...


was approximately this:

...Seattle, Sherman, Sherman, San Fran, Seattle, San Fran, geek patrol, Sherman, Seattle, baby pics, Sherman, San Fran, fun show to see, vacation pics, geek patrol, Seattle, San Fran, some fake relationship anniversary/emotional outburst, Seattle, Sherman, San Fran...

Every day.


Each and everyday.


In the past 8 games, LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging:

30.6 pts, 14.3 reb, 2.8 ast, 1.1 stl, 0.9 blk

12-23.3 from the field(FG% of 51.3%)

6.5-7.6 from the free throw line(FT% of 85.2%)

Blazers are 6-2 in these games.

2008 #2 draft pick Michael Beasley(Kansas St)

2007 #2 draft pick Kevin Durant(Texas)

2006 #2 draft pick LaMarcus Aldridge(Texas)

(1:00 - 1:40 Beasley, the things he's doing on the floor; at 6'7"

3:00 - 3:30 Honestly, yah. -> I'm going to kill him.

4:30 - 5;00 The only good thing is that when OKC manage to make the NBA Finals for the second time in 3 years. Durant crying with DWade on the Wing, Lebron James holding his 3 peat, and Beasley and Greg Oden hlding up their first Championship. Pritchard actually being right: "Championships are what will define them.")

Beast mode.


List of players with 40+ points in a game this season(2013-14):

Kevin Durant - 5 games
Kyrie Irving - 2 games
Kevin Love - 2 games
LaMarcus Aldridge - 1 game
Damian Lillard - 1 game

Chris Paul - 1 game
Steph Curry - 1 game
Paul George - 1 game
Carmelo Anthony - 1 game [Edit: He is an aHole.]
Blake Griffin - 1 game
Dirk Nowitzki - 1 game
Rudy Gay - 1 game
DeMar DeRosan - 1 game
Arron Afflalo - 1 game

List of players with 5 or more 30+ point games(2013-14):

Kevin Durant - 26 games
LeBron James - 14 games
James Harden - 10 games
Steph Curry - 10 games
Kevin Love - 10 games
Carmelo Anthony - 9 games [Edit: He's in double digits.]

LaMarcus Aldridge - 8 games
DeMarcus Cousins - 8 games
Paul George - 7 games
Blake Griffin - 7 games
Kyrie Irving - 7 games
Damian Lillard - 5 games
John Wall - 5 games
Rudy Gay - 5 games
DeMar DeRozan - 5 games


LaMarcus Aldridge: "I should have been a starter."


Yah, you should be...

LaMarcus seems to have his best games against the teams closest to his home.

LaMarcus has 41 games with 30+ points in his career.

Coupons: Buy the half season of 30+ point games saves you 30% off the regular price.

So smart, that one...

A list of the teams he has multiple 30+ point games against:

* 5 of them were against the OKC Thunder(Kevin Durant, back-to-back potential #1draft pick, Texas Longhorns forward)
* 4 of them were against the Dallas Mavericks(Dirk Nowitzki, the sole inhabitant of being able to fight for having a better shot than Aldridge)
* 3 of them were against the Houston Rockets

* 3 of them were against the Chicago Bulls
* 3 of them were against the Detroit Pistons
* 3 of them were against the Toronto Rapters

* 2 of them were against the Minnesota Timberwolves
* 2 of them were against the Denver Nuggets
* 2 of them were against the Golden State Warriors

I'm going to pretend that one flew right past yah...I mean Cheers.

LaMarcus Aldridge was born and raised in Northeast Texas.


Most of those teams are located.... in Big 10 and Big 12 country.

If you were to draw those 3 line segments(just need 2 gravity bombs). Start your drive from the start(Golden St to Denver to Minnesota)...

Lets just unscientifically say all NBA teams, that are East of Utah/San Antonio and a northeast to southwest slice West of Ohio...

Buffering...I'm listening.

What's your point?


He played the home protection card...?

When playing your 8 closest enemies add: Defense Shield(+3/+2, x2(double it) if from Texas), +1 actual closest enemy; his rival Steph Curry activated?

The problem of chasing rabbit trails all day: you eventually accidentally find a rabbit hole...

What I'm trying to say?

What I'm trying to say?

That's right: You get me... so well,

You see, right into my soul.

The point of this whole post...

is Damian Lillard is an earthquake baby.


Fact: Damian Lillard born Oakland July 15, 1990.

Fact: Earthquake October 17, 1989.


Fact: I got me some of them earthquake babies as cousins. :-)

Fact: If you lived in the Bay Area, were held in that regard, you were getting busy with it the night of October 17, 1989.


Fact: My parents moved us from the Bay here to Portland the first week of December 1989.

OKC, Dallas, and Houston are the 3 NBA teams closest to where Aldridge grew up; they account for 30%(12 of 41) of his 30+ point, just coincidence that these are the franchises he spent his childhood loving...

These 3 teams, the ones he focused on as a child, divide up 12 of these games,

and the other 6 teams of note, divide up 15 of these games.

and the other 21 teams divide up the other 14 of these games.

And we're not allowed to make projections.



Simple really.

Each and everyday.


Blazersedge is always talking about wanting the Blazers to emulate the San Antonio Spurs franchise.
(I have a cron job that posts 'the generic Spurs love fanpost' when Spurs hadn't been seen at the top in awhile....)

The Spurs have the most stable front office, they've got several Hall of Fame players, they have a system in which they seemingly can plug anyone into and get great production, they never have less than 50 wins(16+ seasons running), they draft better than every other team... Sorry about that.

Sometimes the mouth just starts running...

I somehow ended up at a piece by Ziller discussing the coaching/front office tree of the San Antonio Spurs.

The tree is honestly quite impressive...




It got me wondering about where the current Blazers coaching tree(a "Now" slice) stands (and how comparable it would be).

I mean, on that list, Pritchard/Cho were Blazer GMs, Monty Williams and PJ Carlesimo were Blazer coaches, and Terry Porter played for the Blazers. That's their list.


Nobody will bring it up w/ respect to the Trail Blazers (see: documented experiences of speaking your mind to Paul Allen: By Pritchard/Cho), but our sister franchise the Seattle Seahawks are going to the Superbowl...


I don't know why: Captain Kaep... I don't know why, I just don't...

Say 5yr/$70M, with 29M guaranteed?

The two NFL teams that hail from states that legalized weed, both made the Superbowl.

This is what he dreams about.

Don't ever forget that.

Paul Allen is just a geek sending xml files tracking their sports bets and fantasy football discussions. He's just another nerd sending IMs/email trades via the ESPN NBA Trade Machine. He now has what he needs to finance any dream. A multi-billionaire, who can finance any thought he can imagine. You think he gave Richard Sherman a second thought after that incident? He just wants to win; it's what we all want.

It's the most natural position: the Miracle at Jordan-Hare.

Poses the possibility.



Aaron Murray has this game. "He lets it go." ....

He's won @Auburn, Georgia is 7-3... Besides the clock issues(0:35 sec), it's a 4th and 18 stop away from a win.

He caught that because he stayed positive; both systems(reaction/response) were 100% positive until the end.

Simple as that.


Portland Trail Blazers Coaching Tree

Current NBA head coaches:

Rick Adelman(Minnesota Timberwolves) - played for the Blazers from 1970-73, assistant coach for the Blazers from 1983-89, head coach for the Blazers from 1989-94

Rick Carlisle(Dallas Mavericks) - assistant coach for the Blazers from 1994-97

Maurice Cheeks(Detroit Pistons) - head coach for the Blazers from 2001-05

Mike D'Antoni(LA Lakers) - assistant coach for the Blazers from 2000-01

Brian Shaw(Denver Nuggets) - played for the Blazers in 1999

Terry Stotts(Portland Trail Blazers) - head coach for the Blazers since 2012

Monty Williams(New Orleans Pelicans) - assistant coach for the Blazers from 2005-10

Erik Spoelstra(Miami Heat) - father Jon Spoelstra was the Blazers senior VP from 1979-89

Current NBA GMs:

Danny Ainge(Boston Celtics) - played for the Blazers from 1990-92

Richard Cho(Charlotte Bobcats) - was the GM for the Blazers from 2010-11

Kevin O'Connor(Utah Jazz) - was a regional scout for the Blazers

Neil Olshey(Portland Trail Blazers) - current Blazers GM

Pat Riley(Miami Heat) - drafted by the Blazers in the 1970 expansion draft (immediately traded to the LA Lakers)

Been an NBA head coach since 2000(but not currently a NBA head coach):

Danny Ainge - played for the Blazers from 1990-1992
Head coach of the Phoenix Suns from 1996-2000, currently GM of the Boston Celtics

Bernie Bickerstaff - assistant coach for the Blazers from 2010-2012
Head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats 2004-2007

Kaleb Canales - assistant coach for the Blazers from 2008-2013, head coach for the Blazers in 2012
Head coach of the Blazers in 2012(int), currently an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks

P.J. Carlesimo - head coach for the Blazers from 1994-1997
Head coach for the Seattle/OKC Thunder from 2007-08

Johney Davis - played for the Blazers from 1976-1978
Head coach of the Orlando Magic from 2003-05, currently an assistant coach for the LA Lakers

Mike Dunleavy Sr - head coach for the Blazers from 1997-2001
Head coach of the LA Clippers from 2003-10

Lionel Hollins - played for the Blazers from 1975-1980
Head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2000, 2004, and 2009-13

Kim Hughes - currently an assistant coach for the Blazers
Head coach of the LA Clippers in 2010(int)

Eddie Jordan - played for the Blazers in 1984
Head coach of the Washington Wizards from 2003-08, and head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers from 2009-2010

Nate McMillan - head coach for the Blazers from 2005-12
Head coach of the Blazers from 2005-12, currently an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers

Terry Porter - played for the Blazers from 1985-95
Head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks from 2003-05, and head coach of the Phoenix Suns from 2008-09, currently an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves

Jay Triano - currently an assistant coach for the Blazers
Head coach of the Toronto Rapters from 2008-11

Kiki Vandeweghe - played for the Blazers from 1984-89
Head coach of the NJ Nets from 2009-10, is currently the VP of basketball operations for the NBA

Lenny Wilkens - played for the Blazers in 1974-75, and head coach of the Blazers from 1974-76
Head coach of the Toronto Rapters from 2000-03, and head coach of the NY Knicks from 2004-05


Olympics Basketball

US Basketball just released their 28 man player pool, which includes both LaMarcus Aldriddge and Damian Lillard.

The 12 man roster for the 2016 Summer Olympics team will come from this pool.


Other Blazers that are likely to play at the 2016 Olympics:

* Nic Batum(France)
* Victor Claver(Spain)
* Joel Freeland(Great Britain)


Blazers with Olympic Medals:

Victor Claver(2012 Silver Medal)

Rudy Fernandez(2008 Silver Medal, 2012 Silver Medal)

Sergio Rodriguez(2012 Silver Medal)

Victor Khryapa(2012 Bronze Medal)

Shareef Abdul-Rahim(2000 Gold Medal)

Steve Smith(2000 Gold Medal)

Scottie Pippen(1992 Gold Medal, 1996 Gold Medal)

Arvydas Sabonis(1988 Gold Medal, 1992 Silver Medal, 1996 Bronze Medal)

Clyde Drexler(1992 Gold Medal)

Drazen Petrovic(1994 Bronze Medal, 1988 Silver Medal, 1992 Silver Medal)

Stacey Augmon(1988 Bronze Medal)

Joe Kleine(1984 Gold Medal)

Fernando Martin(1984 Silver Medal)

Kenny Carr(1976 Gold Medal)

Walter Davis(1976 Gold Medal)

Jim Brewer(1972 Silver Medal) - As a protest, he doesn't have it

** It's a shame about Brandon Roy. **


While not strictly Blazers or NBA centric, I do want to get my thoughts out regarding Richard Sherman and how we as fans/media treat professional athletes...


I'm a Niners fan living in Portland... so, Richard Sherman isn't exactly my favorite person right now... not only did he end my football dreams for the year, my facebook feed has now had roughly a million posts by my Bay Area friends hating on him, and roughly a million posts from my Northwest friends defending him.

If you don't know Sherman' history, especially his relationship with his college coach, now Niners coach, Jim Harbaugh, I strongly recommend reading this brilliant Sports Illustrated piece.

The part of the story that has received much of the media' attention this week, was his post-game interview with Erin Andrews...

These 30 seconds are receiving more media attention this week than the actual game.

The use of the word 'thug' on television was higher on Monday than any other day in the past 3 years. And all directed at him.

On Deadspin, they've done a fairly good job all week, of covering the media' reaction to the incident.

I really like when players show their emotions; it's why Rasheed Wallace will probably remain one of my top 5 Blazers of all-time. Not only was he supremely talented, but I was able to relate with his emotions/fire. While not comparing them in any other way, they've both had to deal with massive media attention following an emotional burst; which is why this exchange resonates with me:

"That interview was awesome. If you disagree, you should take a long look at how boring your existence is."

"Ironically, the same people that are complaining about this pop off are the ones who claim the Roger Goodell is making the NFL soft."

I would love if Sherman played for the Niners.

He's the ideal person to have: he's talented(an All-Pro), he's educated(graduated from Stanford with a 3.9 GPA), he donates his time and money to better the community(promoting his "Blanket Coverage" foundation, which has the stated goal of "helping as many kids as possible have adequate school supplies and clothes."), he's the embodiment of the American dream(pulling himself up from his bootstraps, from the not so rich childhood in Compton, CA to being a multi-million dollar talent), and he plays with passion and emotion(sometimes to his advantage, sometimes not).

Sherman isn't the only athlete that has been getting more coverage for a post-game interview, as opposed to their impressive play. Reading the story about Eugenie Bouchar in parallel with the media storm on Sherman is a bit depressing...

It's hard to see such striking examples of racism and sexism still existing in our 'modern' society.

Sherman explaining the use of the 'thug' moniker:

"The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it's the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays. Because they know."

"The word "thug" has been used so many times by the same sort of people about the same sort of thing that it's no longer even accurate to call it code—it's really more of a shorthand. It means a black guy who makes white folks a little more uncomfortable than they prefer." - Deadspin

Now this isn't to say that everyone who is calling him a thug is racist, but to highlight that there are some that quite clearly are using the moniker for that purpose.

And they need to be told, directly, that their views are in desperate need of an overhaul.

And will no longer be tolerated from here on out...

Over at Grantland, Rembert Browne provides a enlightening take of the flip-side of using the "He graduated from Stanford" as a defense against the 'thug' moniker.


There has been a discussion on BE for the past couple weeks about Mo Williams player option, and I wanted to articulate why it makes no sense to me to not want him to take the option (regardless of realistic chances).

Is there any reason why Blazers fans wouldn't want Mo Williams to take the player option?


Right now, the Blazers have everyone guaranteed to be on the roster next season except Earl Watson, Mo Williams(player option), and Will Barton(team option). The Blazers have the full mid-level exception to add talent this summer, but will not have either draft pick. The Blazers will be over the cap with or without Mo Williams(so the only way to fill his roster spot will be at the vet minimum). The Blazers will be adding the mid-level exception player(~4y/$22M) with or without Mo Williams.

So, this off season, the Blazers decisions:

1) Do we take the team option on Will Barton(1y/$915k), or do we want to sign another player at the vet minimum?
2) Who do we want to sign for the mid-level exception(~4y/$22M)? (think of it as replacing Earl Watson' roster spot)
3) If Mo Williams doesn't take the option, who are we signing to a veteran minimum to replace him?

But if you were of the opinion that Mo Williams wasn't better than a veteran minimum player, you would be asking the Blazers to replace him today with a veteran minimum deal(ie. For the Blazers to cut Mo Williams(still pay him his salary), and sign another player at veteran minimum salary to fill his roster spot).


Over on Grantland, Kirk Goldsberry discusses Harden' ability to shoot an amazing amount of Free Throws relative the rest of the guards in the NBA. He also included this graphic (via Grantland):


I didn't realize the percentage of fouls within 5 ft of the basket was really that


Let's just tangle these up.

Anyways, sorry about that, back to Harden:

The money quote from the piece:

"As of Monday, Harden was the only guard in the league to have drawn more than 200 total fouls. He comfortably leads all guards in free throw attempts; he’s averaging a whopping 8.9 free throw attempts per game, a full 2.3 tries above the second-highest guards, DeMar DeRozan and Ty Lawson.

Harden is like a really good tax preparer — he knows exactly what the loopholes are. He hones techniques that work the system to his advantage. That’s highly intelligent play, and as a result, he’s a perfect fit in Houston. After all, some have argued this is a team more interested in "solving" basketball than it is in playing basketball."

We've seen Lillard take a big step in this area from his rookie season, averaging 1.5 more foul shots per game this year over his rookie campaign. When you have the 4th highest FT% in the league(as Lillard does), those extra 125 foul shots are really an extra 110 free points.

While we've talked ad nauseam about Lillard' performance near the rim, I do think that we should acknowledge that he is making improvements on his already great game.






Speaking of Seattle.

How about them Supersonics?

In the piece I wrote about Kevin Durant, I asked if Durant could match Kobe' ridiculous 19 game steak from the 2005-06 season.


Durant is simply amazing right now... In the past 10 games, he is averaging:

38.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.8 spg, 0.7 bpg

FGs: 12-23.2 (FG% of 51.7%)
FTs: 11.7-13.1 (FT% of 88.0%)
3Ps: 2.6-6.7 (3P% of 38.8%)

OKC record: 7-3 in these 10 games

In the past 8 games, LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging:

30.6 pts, 14.3 reb, 2.8 ast, 1.1 stl, 0.9 blk

12-23.3 from the field(FG% of 51.3%)

6.5-7.6 from the free throw line(FT% of 85.2%)

Blazers are 6-2 in these games.


Kobe' averages in the 19 games(from Dec 12, 2005 to Jan 22, 2006):

42.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.4apg, 1.6spg, and 0.5bpg

FGs: 14.0-29.9 (FG% of 46.8%)
FTs: 11.9-13.9 (FT% of 85.2%)
3Ps: 3.1-8.0 (3P% of 38.2%

Lakers record: 12-7 in those 19 games

Responding to erastus in the comments, I brought up a really fun stat:

Win Shares Per 48 Min(2013-14):
(1) Durant – .329
(2) CP3 – .282
(3) Lebron – .270
(4) KLove – .265
(5) Paul George – .244

The past 5 seasons, Lebron has had the best win shares per 48 minutes in the NBA (.318, .299, .244, .298, .322)..

So far, Durant has a higher win shares per 48 minutes than Lebron has had in any season…what?


Slim Reaper.


Terribly late you know....

Alabama 28-21 Auburn.

AJ McCarrron had this game. A win @ Auburn:

The very next game @ Jordan-Hare.

0:36 seconds. 3rd-2 Alabama 44 yard. 5 yard gain.

0:29 seconds. 1st-10 Alabama 39 yard. 39 yard TD. Auburn 27-28.

0:19 seconds. Extra point. Auburn 28-28.

0:13 seconds. 2nd-10 Alabama 9 yard rush. Alabama timeout.

0:07 seconds. 3rd-1 Alabama 24 yard rush. Alabama magically given extra second.

0:01 seconds. 1st-10 Auburn 38 yard. Alabama misses 57 yard FG. Chris Davis 109 yard return for Auburn TD.

Poses the possibility.

His hands go up at: "He'll run it out... to the 10. 15. 20. 25! 30! 35! 40!"

His friend believes at "45! 50! 45. There goes Davis."

The only way an Auburn grad says that to an Alabama grad("I'm sorry.") at 0:55 where it doesn't end in a fight.

Down 7 points with 36 seconds. 3rd and 2 on the 44 yard line. 13 points, with Alabama #29, between seconds 24 and 27 providing his namesake point to Auburn, with the greatest line.

He put up yet another 36 point game in the win @San Antonio (I'm starting to worry that they are in a tier of their own in the Western Conference when Westbrook comes back(see: Adderall)).

You just can't shake that feeling that Durant is going to put up a 50 point game? 60 point game? in one of the next 3 games.

* Friday @Boston.
* Saturday @Philadelphia
* Monday vs Atlanta

One of these games he's going to take 35 field goals, or have 20 free throw attempts...

There is something special going on with him right now...

During Kobe' 19 game streak, he had 2 of the 14 highest scoring games in NBA history(since 1962-64):

(1) Kobe Bryant – 81 points (Jan 22, 2006)
(2) David Thompson – 73 points (April 9, 1977)
(3) David Robinson – 71 points (April 24, 1994)
(4) Michael Jordan – 69 points (March 28, 1990)
(5) Pete Maravich – 68 points (Feb 25, 1977)
(5) Wilt Chamberlain – 68 points (Dec 16, 1967)
(7) Wilt Chamberlain – 66 points (Feb 9, 1969)
(8) Kobe Bryant – 65 points (March 16, 2007)
(8) Wilt Chamberlain – 65 points (Feb 7, 1966)
(10) Michael Jordan – 64 points (Jan 16, 1993)
(10) Rick Barry – 64 points (March 26, 1974)
(12) George Gervin – 63 points (April 9, 1978)
(12) Wilt Chamberlain – 63 points (Nov 26, 1964)
(14) Kobe Bryant – 62 points (Dec 20, 2005)

Jordan, Kobe, and Durant are the 3 best scorers in the past 3 decades... Durant needs to get his name on this list.

Edit: Jan 25: Melo can F himself.


Along with Durant, fellow forward from Texas, LaMarcus Aldridge has been beasting it up.

The 44 points Aldridge put up tonight vs Denver is simply amazing...

From the Blazers mid-season review, I asserted that Lillard is a top 5-10 point guard and there really isn't any statistical argument to not having him ranked there (Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, and Tony Parker are the only 3 that are clearly better than Lillard; an argument could be made that if Deron Williams ever gets to 100% he is as well; but that statistically Damian Lillard, Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose and John Wall are all basically the same player.

I'm going to now assert that LaMarcus Aldridge is a top 5-15 player in the league.

Lebron, Durant, and Chris Paul are clearly the best 3 players in the game.

After that, the next tier(players #4 through #13):

Fowards/Bigs: Paul George, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, and Anthony Davis

Guards: Rajon Rondo, Tony Parker, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Derrick Rose.


Next tier:

Forwards/Bigs: Marc Gasol, Blake Griffin, Roy Hibbert, and Carmelo Anthony

Guards: Derrick Rose, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, and Damian Lillard

Then there is a pretty big drop-off after that, with these players demanding attention:

Living legends: Kobe(I don't envision him every returning to be a top 10 player again), Dwayne Wade, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki

Forwards/Bigs: Serge Ibaka, DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, David Lee, Andre Drummond, Andrew Bogut, Josh Smith, Brook Lopez, Al Horford, Z-Bo, Al Jefferson and Greg Monroe

Guards: Deron Williams, Ty Lawson, Eric Bledsoe, Andre Iguodala, Arron Afflalo, Klay Thompson, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Martin and Mike Conley


From Sports Illustrated: "The spring of 1977 the Portland Trail Blazers won the NBA Finals and the Fremont High Tigers won the Tournament of Champions; and basketball on the West Coast was never to be the same. The TOC capped every hoops season by pitting the winners of the most respected leagues in Northern California against one another. The final, played at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, typically drew more than 18,000 fans. Sitting in the bleachers that March was 10-year-old Brian Shaw. He and his father, Charles, had come to see Fremont, with its Oakland Athletic League title and 22--1 record, face St. Joseph Notre Dame, a -private-school juggernaut from neighboring Alameda. Fremont pummeled St. Joseph 61--38 behind 21 points from star forward Phil Barner. But Brian Shaw was more intrigued by Fremont's sixth man, a pass-first point guard and defensive ace named Lester Conner. "He was the inspiration," Shaw says."

Lillard' goal is simple: outperform these 2 kats.

Gary Payton

Jason Kidd

Damian Lillard

Of course his rival, Steph Curry is the current King of Oakland...


A couple thoughts re: the Meyers Leonard vs Thomas Robinson debate...


The Blazers have 4 line-ups that allow our opponents effective shooting percentage to be over 50%:

* Lillard-Williams-Matthews-Robinson-Lopez (17.3 minutes) (eFG% 32.4% while allowing or opponents eFG% 57.6%)

* Lillard-Williams-Wright-Robinson-Lopez (12.3 minutes) (eFG% 41.3% while allowing or opponents eFG% 52.9%)

* Williams-Matthews-Wright-Robinson-Lopez (12.3 minutes) (eFG% 46.7% while allowing or opponents eFG% 57.1%)

* Lillard-Williams-Batum-Aldridge-Lopez (24.9 minutes) (eFG% 50.0% while allowing or opponents eFG% 51.2%)

Robinson is on 3 of them (Leonard is on 0 of them).

* The Blazers allow 117.0 points per 100 possessions when Robinson is on the court, with the Blazers allowing 106.4 points per 100 possessions when he is not on the floor. For the year, Robinson' +/- is -38 points.
* The Blazers allow 108.0 points per 100 possessions when Leonard is on the court, with the Blazers allowing 108.4 points per 100 possessions when he is not on the floor. For the year, Leonard' +/1 is -5 points.

So, the Blazers defense is not affected with Leonard on the floor, while the Blazers's defense allows 10.6 more points per 100 possessions when Robinson is on the court vs off the court.


* The Blazers score 3.7 less points per 100 possesions when Robinson is on the court, while the Blazers score 11.4 less points per 100 possessions when Leonard is on the court.

So, the Blazers offense loses a bunch when Leonard is on the court, while only losing a bit of our offensive efficiency when Robinson is on the court.

This all adds up to the Blazers netting 11.2 less points per 100 possessions when Leonard is on the floor, while the Blazers net 14.3 less points per 100 possessions when Robinson is on the floor.

On the other hand:

* Robinson stats per 36 minutes: 15.5 pts, 11.2 reb(3.7 offensive), 1.3 ast, 0.6 stl, 0.7 blks
* Leonard stats per 36 minutes: 10.4 pts, 12.8 reb(3.0 offensive), 1.5 ast, 0.7 stl, 0.5 blks

Of note: Robinson has a substantially higher FG% at home than as away: FG% is 53.2% at home, and FG% is 44.7% on the road. Leonard doesn't have this quirk in his stats.

Needless to say, both still have to improve for the Blazers to count on them.


Mo Williams

2013-14 stats per 36 min: 14.0 pts, 7.2 ast, 3.0reb(0.9 off), 1.3 stl, 0.3 blk, FG% 40.7%, FT% 90.0%, 3P% 36.6%
Career stats per 36 min: 16.2 pts, 5.9 ast, 3.5 reb(0.6 off), 1.1 stl, 0.2 blk, FG% 43.9%, FT% 87.0%, 3P% 38.5%

There are only 2 lineups that Lillard plays in, where Mo Williams isn't out there with him.

* Lillard-Matthews-Batum-Aldridge-Lopez (745.1 minutes) Blazers avg 1.17 while allowing 1.06
* Williams-Matthews-Batum-Aldridge-Lopez (102.9 minutes) Blazers avg 1.15 while allowing 0.96

So, when Mo Williams replaces Lillard in the starting line-up, the Blazers are roughly the same team offensively, and a huge 0.1 points per possession better with Mo Williams.

* Lillard-Matthews-Batum-Freeland-Aldridge (52 minutes) Blazers avg 1.28 while allowing 1.1
* Williams-Matthews-Batum-Freeland-Aldridge (75.7 minutes) Blazers avg 1.1 while allowing 1.04

Once again, the Blazers become a stronger team defensively when Williams is on the floor vs when Lillard is on the floor. (However the Blazers offense loses a bunch when Williams is out there than when Lillard is out there).

So, I'll say it again, Mo Williams has been good, perhaps not great(FG%, FTA), but good for the Blazers.


Saturday, have your popcorn ready... KLove is coming to town.


KLove is a 2013-14 Western Conference starter for the all-star game (what?).

KLove is from Lake Ego, he didn't need you silly fans pumping it up more (smh).

LaMarcus Aldridge is the best PF in the game; period (what!).

LaMarcus Aldridge never left the (what?); If you didn't know, this was a snub (smh)

Past meetings:

LaMarcus Aldridge 14 11 3 14 36.3 8.3 16.7 0.496 0 0.1 0 4.4 5.4 0.803 3.8 5.3 9.1 2.1 0.9 1 1.5 3.2 20.9
Kevin Love 14 3 11 13 34.6 6.1 13.6 0.453 1.1 2.5 0.457 5.2 6.3 0.83 3.5 7.5 11 2.6 0.6 0.1 1.6 2.1 18.6

LaMarcus Aldridge is 6-1 in Portland against Kevin Love.

(1) Scoring... (PPG and Pts per shot).

Aldridge has shot 49.1% from the field in his career, and has shot 47.7% from the field this year
KLove has shot 45.0% from the field in his career, and has shot 45.9% from the field this year

Aldridge has an effective field goal percentage of 49.3% in his career
KLove has an effective field goal percentage of 48.9% in his career

Aldridge is scoring 24.7 ppg this year, and has a career mark of 18.8 ppg.
KLove is scoring 25.0 ppg this year, and has a career mark of 18.3 ppg


KLove > Aldridge


(2) Charity stripe

(Please, like it's going to be tough to prove that Aldridge is better than some Lake Ego kid, in something using the word 'charity,' Please...)

Aldridge has a FT% of 81.7% this year, FT% of 81.0% for the 2012-13 season, and a FT% of 81.7% for the 2011-12 season.
KLove has a FT% of 80.2% this year, FT% of 70.4% for the 2012-13 season, and a FT% of 82.4% for the 2011-12 season.

Let me know who your drafting...

in fantasy... Point KLove.

(3) Dominates to win big games:

Number of 40+ point games for wins this year:
* Aldridge - 1
* KLove - 0

Alright, then...

Number of 31+ point games in wins over 20 win Western Conference teams:
* Aldridge - 4 (Jan 23 - Denver, Dec 4 - OKC, Dec 26 - Clippers, Dec 12 - Houston)
* KLove - 1 (Nov 8 - Dallas)

Record of team when player scores 30+ points:
* Aldridge 8-0
* KLove 6-4

What's your point?

KLove has always been clutch, continually leading his team to victories in the ones that count...

1) Jesuit vs Lake Ego (Les Schwab Invitational Championship 2003)

Of note: the 2003 Les Schwab Invitational had some pretty awesome other moments.

* Lincoln High School taking down nationally ranked Georgetown Prep, featuring Roy Hibbert Jr.

Yah, the same one Neil Olshey tried to sign to a max deal as his first deal...

* "Seth and Josh Tarver led Jesuit to a 64-42 victory in the Championship Game at the Chiles Center. Jesuit overcame a tournament MVP performance by Lake Oswego freshman phenom, Kevin Love. The win by Jesuit was only the 2nd time in the LSI’s history that an Oregon school has captured the title"

Take 1, take 2, take 3, take 4.

* The other time an Oregon school captured the title. 1999 Jesuit vs Jefferson.

It must be rough for Lake Ego grads to realize that Jefferson is Jesuit' main basketball rival for the past 15 years. :-) About as rough for us when we accept that Jesuit isn't Jefferson'' main basketball rival for the past 15 years.

" Rice from NY, the first #1 ranked team in the Nation participating in the LSI comes into Oregon and loses to Jesuit in the second round. Brian Michaelson leads the Crusaders with 30 points.


Speak of the devils...

Jesuit then goes on to defeat #9 ranked Southern Lab in the semis on a last second driving layup by Michaelson. Current Dallas Cowboy Marcus Spears leads Southern Lab with 22 points and 11 rebounds. In the finals, Jefferson knocks off Jesuit in a close one as the Crusaders missed a free throw with no time on the clock and a chance to tie"

2) Jesuit vs Lake Ego (State Championship 2005)

3) South Medford vs Lake Ego (State Championship 2007)


(4) This is all fine and dandy...

but when are you going to focus on the things KLove dominates at....

Like Rebounding (finger point).

Survey says....

LaMarcus Aldridge has 391 defensive rebounds and 499 total rebounds.
KLove has 11 less defensive rebounds than Aldridge, but 21 more total rebounds than Aldridge.

Boom (drops the mic).

(5) Tangables.

That's right, I said it: Tangables!

KLove is a smart basketball player; you can just tell....

He's a 'head-y' player,... basically, KLove is the opposite of a 'thug.'

Following along?

KLove has 4 less steals and 26 less blocks than LaMarcus Aldridge.

KLove has 16 more turnovers...

KLove is clutch...

Clutch statistics(last 5 minutes of game or overtime, neither team up more than 5:

KLove -27 points, scoring 101.3 points/100 possession, and holds the opponents to 119.5 points/100 possession
Aldridge +51 points, scoring 132.1 points/100 possesssion, and holds the opponent to 103.7 points/100 possession

He improves their defense (takes them to that next level on defense):

* Minnesota' defense is 3.0 points/100 possessions worse when Kevin Love is on the court.
* Portland' defense is 6.7 points/100 possesssions better when Aldridge is on the court

We could do this all night. TWSS.

Just let me know when your pride reappears.

All you need to know:

It's going to be yet another disappointing return home for KLove. TWSS.


If you've stuck with me to the end, "congrats?"


You've probably forgotten, so:

In the past 8 games, LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging:

30.6 pts, 14.3 reb, 2.8 ast, 1.1 stl, 0.9 blk

12-23.3 from the field(FG% of 51.3%)

6.5-7.6 from the free throw line(FT% of 85.2%)

Blazers are 6-2 in these games.

Beast mode.


This game sucks: I have to choose between Peyton or the Hawks.... fabulous.

This Blazers season has been an amazing ride...

This completes, BlazersMakrReturns Doin Work (Part 2): BlazersMakr Thought Report.

Blazers Coaching Tree, Olympics, Richard Sherman, and Mo Williams Player Option.

The Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 110-105.

To read part 1: BlazersMakrReturns Doin Work (Part 1): Blazers Mid-season Review.

Presentation of pretty stats. Season is awesome. Blazers are awesome. Which franchise records could be in jeopardy? Go through the Blazers schedule the coming week, lots of fun tidbits: Lillard a member of the 6 combos, a top 5-10 point guard in the league, a coaches rant, KLove fun; Oregon high school talents/Kobe: Doin Work, and bunches of random Blazer stats.

Blazers lose to the Houston Rockets 126-113.

To read my Wednesday spot: Durant: the Black Mamba Bet?

Durant is averaging: 38.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.8 spg, 0.7 bpg (over the past 10 games) FG%: 51.7%, FT%: 88.0%, 3P%: 38.8% - He's within striking distance of matching the Black Mamba' most impressive game streak(19 games)(42.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 4.4apg, 1.6spg, and 0.5bpg, FG%: 46.8%, FT%: 85.2%, 3P%: 38.2%); what will it take to have him formally welcomed into the 3 decade Trio of greatest pure scorers(Jordan, Kobe, Durant)?

Blazers lose to OKC Thunder 105-97.

To read my Tuesday piece(stats): 2013-14 Blazers: He's on Fire!

Taking a first level walk through of basketball-references' current best projection of the Trail Blazers season(stats). Then, a walk through of our offense, where basically everywhere you look, you have the potential to catch fire... Be it a quarter of dominance, or just one of those 1 to 2 minute explosions...

Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 127-111.


Worried that Blazers are losing against bad teams?

Worried that the Blazers continually have these moments where the game stops because of how bad we are... Don't be...

Blazers beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-100.

CJ in the house?

How great is it to know that there is some positve non-zero probability that McCollum is more talented than Lillard?

Blazers are the statistical equivalents of Showtime, Seven Seconds or Less, and they're more efficient with Lillard than either Magic Johnson/Steve Nash could accomplish in their first attempts. Look at the wide list of teams that have won Championships or lost in the NBA Finals who have the exact same offensive and defensive rating as the Blazers currently have(ie. they score/give up the same number of points/100 possessions)...

Blazers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-96.

Boston Celtics will be front page news again when?

The Night in Boston.

Blazers beat the Boston Celtics 112-104.


Yah I went there.

I'm a horrible person.


If you must know:

because the makeup just feels so right.,,,


From Aldridge displaying his dominance:

My 'what if...?' team

Starters: Penny Hardaway, Brandon Roy, Grant Hill, Antonio McDyess, Arvydas Sabonis
2nd unit: Tim Hardaway, Drazen Petrovic, Tracy McGrady, Amare Stoudamire, Bill Walton
3rd unit: Magic Johnson, Stephon Marbury, Vince Carter, Chris Webber, Yao Ming


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ChickTech needs your help to empower 300 high school girls in Portland, Corvallis, and San Francisco to become technology creators in 2014. Let's see how many girls we can fund by February 1st if we all throw in a little. If you can, make a $10 donation and/or encourage others to do the same! Stay tuned for the kick-off of our 2014 campaign!


Jerry Seinfeld.



Go Blazers!

Blazers 31-2 when opponents FG% is less than 48.0%
Blazers 2-9 when opponents FG% is more than 48.0%

TL;DR: Blazers are awesome.

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