Blazers 116, Nuggets 105 (boxscore)
The seventh consecutive win was a mature and convincing one. Suddenly Portland is at .500 and continues to perform ahead of schedule. At this rate, the media will have to stop describing how other teams are losing to the Blazers and acknowledge that this team is straight-up beating people (Note: not tonight, ESPN is reporting "Blazers knock off Nuggets despite A.I.'s 38 points").
As has been true during this win streak, the Portland bench was an absolute force spearheaded by Outlaw (17 points, 5 rebs, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block) and James Jones (14 points, 7 rebs). If you want to see some eye-popping stats, check out James Jones by the way. I'm not sure how he keeps the ball from incinerating when he touches it.
Roy was his usual self. Despite taking a while to find his range (he started 2-10 from the field), Brandon finished his forty minutes of work with 26 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebs. When the Blazers start attracting national attention (I realize it will likely take Oden's return for this to happen), I will be excited for everyone to see how many ways this guy helps his team win. I can't say it enough, a very special player and a joy to watch.
LaMarcus sat out again tonight, but is scheduled to return next game. Starting in his place, Channing Frye took it upon himself to do his best LaMarcus impression by draining jumper after jumper from the perimeter. He had 14 points in the first 10 minutes of this game, and him stepping up helped the Blazers separate early. Frye ended up with 20 points (10-13 from the field) and 9 rebounds. It appears yet another Blazer has rounded into shape. Nate will have some interesting playing time decisions to make.
I can't talk about a Blazer win without praising that zone defense again. It wasn't featured as much tonight (Denver was pretty apt at lobbing oops over the top- Kenyon Martin threw three down on consecutive plays), but it you can tell the team believes in it and enjoys playing it. Mike Rice described it as "The Octopus Zone," which I enjoy and will use in all future references.
Oh, and as for the title of this entry...
These fine places have linked here, even after they read it:
- Agree to Disagree
- Alana G
- And One
- Ball Don't Lie
- Ball In Europe
- Be The Three
- Blaze of Love
- Bust a Bucket
- El CAI a la ACB
- El Ilusorio Blog de Rudy
- Give Me The Rock
- KNEE JERK NBA
- Life on Dumars
- NBA FanHouse
- OregonLive.com Blazers Blog
- Peninsula is Mightier
- Peter Robert Casey
- Rip City Forever
- Roundball Mining Company
- Rusty's Blog
- Sport Chit Chat
- Steven's Triathlon Station
- SunSpectrum: A Phoenix Suns Blog
- The AltRaps Blog
- THE WIZZNUTZZ
- Trailblazers Talk
- Tremendous Upside Potential
- What Would Oakley Do?
A sampling of other places I steal from:
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- ► 2008 (261)
- The Consistent Stat
- Blazers vs Philly: Lucky 13
- Appreciating Aldridge
- Portland vs Minnesota: 12 in a row and vanity issu...
- China still loves Houston
- Travis Outlaw, 6th Man
- Taurean Green back where he should be
- Portland vs Denver: 10
- Checking in with Taurean Green
- Portland vs Toronto: No jinxes here
- Hottest team in the League: Your Portland Trailbla...
- A Boom-Dizzle Christmas
- Blazers vs Hornets: Dear God
- ESPN: We know who Travis Outlaw is!
- Blazers vs Denver: Nick Cannon did this to you!
- Redefining Bassy
- Blazers vs. Utah: Six wins in a row
- Finland Can Groove
- Blazers vs Warriors: still hot
- Baby, I'm Boom-Dizzl-ING
- Blazers vs Utah: Mandatory Recap
- Taurean Green will love Boise
- Paul Allen's gonna go broke! Oh wait, nevermind
- Finnagler concussed, but fine
- Tim Kisner in Finland
- Sweet Road Victory!
- Aldridge, darling.
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