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Game 79 Recap: Blazers 86, Kings 103

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Wow, that was an amazingly tough game to watch.  I stopped taking notes after the second quarter.  If you want to get the flavor of this game, go find a dead opossum, stick it down the throat of a skunk, wrap the whole think in the intestine of a yak, and leave it in the back of your fridge for about a month.  Yeah, it was that good.

I don't know how much this game is even worth talking about, but let's start by saying we got outscored in the paint 52-36 by a team featuring Mikki Moore, Spencer Hawes, John Salmons, and Shelden Williams up front.  Now mind you, I'm not downplaying Hawes and Salmons.  I like them both.  But they're not exactly terrors of the deep if you know what I mean.  Kevin Martin only scored 16 and Beno Udrih 11 and the Kings barely cared.  That's just wrong.  Even wronger:  EVERYBODY for them scored in double figures except for Williams.  That's right...everybody who played.  We weren't an opponent, we were a merry-go-round.  We never covered them inside or out.  They ended up shooting 56% from the field and 42% from the three-point line.

Then there was our play...

I have not seen a more passive effort from Brandon Roy this season, even when he was hurt.  (Might he still be?)  My first-half notes are covered with variations of "Where is Brandon?!?"  I know we wanted to run the offense through the big men against the weak Kings front line, but there's no excuse for Roy not even touching the ball, let alone getting a look at the basket.  It was like we were kickboxing with our shoes tied together.  Brandon didn't even look to shoot until the second half and basically never drove the ball at any point during the game.  Something was up.

Lamarcus and Channing had very good games.  Lamarcus had 24 points, 15 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks.  Channing added 15 points and 14 rebounds.  Jarrett was decent with 10 points and 7 assists.  Outlaw hit 7-14 for 18 total points but everything tonight for him was one-on-one.  After that it was stink bomb city.  Steve Blake went 0-9 with 4 turnovers.  James Jones went 0-6 himself.  It was just painful.

I'm certainly hoping we'll see a bounce-back game at home against Dallas.  If we pull another one of these out of our hats we may lose 200-60.

--Dave (