Thursday, April 30, 2009
The spectacular dream ridiculously ahead of schedule Blazers' season has officially come to an end. Losing is never as fun as winning, but with the big picture in mind any citizen of Rip City would be insane to be disappointed with this team. Consider where the franchise is and the direction it is heading. Appreciate the journey.
Now we turn our attention to the off-season: re-ups, releases, trades, draft picks, and our favorite of all, summer league. All of these things excite us far more than they should. You are wholly encouraged to keep checking in throughout the warmer months if you can appreciate obscurity as an art form.
And yes, a certain holiday yam that will not be named has gone missing. Good riddance.
And just in case you forgot that achievements aren’t as impressive when they happen in the Northwest: There was a certain rookie that started for a team that won over fifty games that failed to get even a single vote. I’m too lazy to look it up, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t happen too often.
I haven’t watched yet, but apparently this is a video of Artest calling Roy the best he’s ever had to guard. Also included: the usual Artest awesomeness.
Whether Portland wins or loses this series, I think that the time for Spencer to become one with that big holiday pie in the sky is growing near. However, a series win would not go unrewarded. Such an accomplishment would undoubtedly earn Spencer The Sweetpotato a special place on The DeceptivelyQuick JPEG Banner of Honor. Right up there next to Kevin Pritchard, close enough to be blinded by his D.Miles necklace. Don't miss this opportunity, Spence. Immortality awaits. Go Blazers.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The second story involves Rasheed Wallace back in his days playing for the Trail Blazers. Early in Wallace's career, he was involved in a nasty child custody battle with his then fiancé, Fatima. Fatima ended up kidnapping Wallace's son. Wertheim, working for SI, was sent to Portland to cover the story of the kidnapping. Wallace agreed to cooperate with the story as a way of raising awareness of his son's disappearance. (He had, in fact, gone on live TV to ask people to help in the return of his son).
But when Wertheim got to Portland, Wallace told him that, before anything, he had to go out bowling that night with Gary Trent and Isaiah Rider. So Wertheim, in his rental car, followed the three players in their SUV as they made their way to the alley. Only they couldn't find the alley, so the three players then decided to stop the car RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FUCKING STREET while they tried to sort out where the alley was.
One motorist honked at the players to get moving. In response, Rider proceeded to hock a loogie on the motorist's windshield.
Somebody needs to collect all of these stories into a single encyclopedia. Only then can they be fully enjoyed by the public and serve as a warning to all General Manager's that would dare value individual talent above all else.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Confused? Only the diehards remember Spencer, the DeceptivelyQuick mascot/intern that is only slightly less ridiculous and unnecessary than Blaze the Trail Cat. Unlike Blaze (more like Blase'. Zing!) Spencer the SweetPotato actually helps the team. In fact, The Blazers have never lost a game that was played on the same day as a Spencer-themed blog post. Chalk it up to the mystical power of the yam that is underappreciated for both its deliciousness and its nutritional value. Game 5: In. The. Bag.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The man wearing number six next to the trophy would be Blazer's draftee Petteri Koponen. If you are wondering why our man is smiling and throwing up what I like to call Finnish gang-signs know that it is because his team just won the stinkin' FIBA Eurochallenge.
Koponen bounces back, Virtus wins FIBA EuroChallengeExciting news to be sure. Now let's hope the Blazers take care of business as well.
The Final Four weekend of FIBA EuroChallenge Cup didn't begin very well for Petteri Koponen. Virtus Bologna rolled to a fairly easy 84-69 (39-34) victory over Cypriot team Proteas EKA AEL late Friday night, but Virtus coach Matteo Bonicinolli handed Koponen his first DNP-CD during his tenure as coach of the team.
Two nights later, Koponen was once again removed from his starting shooting guard position in the EuroChallenge final between Virtus Bologna and Cholet Basket of France. Koponen entered the game in the middle of second quarter and played total of 16 minutes, finishing with 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 turnover in Bologna's 77-75 (45-39) victory.
Koponen's influence on the court goes far beyond those numbers, though. Cholet Basket's shooting guard Nando de Colo was the leading scorer of the game with 24 and Virtus had major difficulties containing him. While Koponen was guarding de Colo, he could only score five points in 14 minutes. Koponen left the game for good with Virtus leading 74-63, but with Koponen sitting on the bench, de Colo answered with eight quick points which pulled Cholet within one, 76-75. De Colo had a chance to win the game with under eight seconds remaining, but his three point shot missed and Virtus celebrated the EuroChallenge Cup championship in front of home crowd of 7,750.
Koponen played 15 games in FIBA EuroChallenge Cup, starting 11 of them and averaging 5,8 points, 1,9 rebounds, 1 assist, 0,7 steals, 0,9 turnovers and 1,7 personal fouls in 18,1 minutes a game. Koponen drained 87,5% of his free throws, 58,6% of his 2pt field goals and 39,4% of his 3pt field goals.
FIBA EuroChallenge Cup campaign is now over and Virtus Bologna has three more regular season games to play in Italian Serie A. The next game will be played Thursday 30th of April against Banca Tercas Teramo, currently 5th in the league.
And, as usual, a statistical recap of Virtus' last two games:
Semifinal: Virtus Bologna - Proteas EKA AEL 84-69 (19-16, 39-34, 68-48)
Virtus: Sharrod Ford 18/13, Earl Boykins 15/1/3as, Keith Langford 13/5, Guilherme Giovannoni 10/15.
Proteas: Goran Nikolic 15/8, Quincy Taylor 13/3, Haris Mujezinovic 13/1.
Petteri Koponen: DNP-CD.
Final: Cholet Basket - Virtus Bologna 75-77 (19-21, 39-45, 57-64)
Cholet: Nando de Colo 24/4, Claude Marquis 17/10, Randal Falker 13/11 (Unfortunately Steeve Ho You Fat did not get off the bench).
Virtus: Keith Langford 21/4, Earl Boykins 18/5, Sharrod Ford 12/12.
Petteri Koponen: Min 16 3pt 1/2 Ft 1/2 Pts 4 Reb 3 As 1 To 1 Pf 2
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Montepaschi Siena has been nothing but spectacular in Italian Serie A play this season, grinding to an impressive 26-1 record through long season. No teams knows that better than Petteri Koponen's Virtus Bologna that suffered a heart-breaking 69-70 defeat this February in Italian Cup final against Siena. That's why Virtus was extra-motivated to extend their winning streak to eight consecutive when Siena came to town last Thursday. Things started smoothly for the home team and Virtus was leading 71-63 with just under six minutes to play, but then Siena began to take over and took the lead with Terrell McIntyre's three-pointer just before the regulation's final minute started. Earl Boykins answered with a three-pointer of his own, but Lithuanian Rimantas Kaukenas tied the game at the buzzer and Siena showed that they have routine no other team in Italy can touch, winning the game 86-89 (44-34, 78-78).
Our own Petteri started the game alongside Earl Boykins and played 17 minutes, mostly playing the role of enforcer, trying to make the night as bad as possible for . Even though Petteri's defence was once again stable, his stat-line wasn't all that impressive. Petteri missed all three of his field goal attempts and ended up with three rebounds, one assist, one turnover and three fouls.
Just three days after the hard fought battle against Siena, Virtus Bologna faced another formidable opponent in form of Carife Ferrara. Ferrara is 9th in Serie A standings, but the team has been undeachieving throughout the season and they definitely do have good enough personnel to compete in the playoffs. Bologna couldn't get things going and were trailing 52-38 at halftime, and even though they briefly made it a game in the beginning of fourth quarter, Ferrara pulled away with 93-84 victory. Bologna now stands at 17 wins and 10 losses and they are tied with Brandon Jennings' Lottomatica Roma in the second spot of Serie A standings. Petteri Koponen started the Ferrara game but played only nine minutes and missed his both field goal attempts.
Virtus Bologna - Montepaschi Siena 86-89 (44-34, 78-78)
Virtus: Earl Boykins 20/7/5as, Keith Langford 19/9/3st, Reyshawn Terry 14/6.
Siena: Terrell McIntyre 25/2/6as, Shaun Stonerook 16/13/5as/3st, Rimantas Kaukenas 15/3.
Carife Ferrara - Virtus Bologna 93-84 (52-38)
Ferrara: Andre Collins 25/5/5as/5st, 14/4, Daniel Farabello 12/3/4as.
Bologna: Guilherme Giovannoni 18/8/5st, Keith Langford 14/0, Dusan Vukcevic 12/2/3as.
Virtus won't play their next Serie A game before April 30th, when they travel to Teramo to face BancaTercas, which is currently 5th in Serie A standings. This week, Virtus Bologna is hosting FIBA EuroChallenge Cup Final Four at FuturShow Station. Bologna beat German Bundesleague team Telekom Baskets Bonn 2-0 in best of three series and now has the opportunity to celebrate EuroChallenge championship in front of home crowd.
Virtus is going to face Proteas EKA AEL of Cyprus in their semi-final game April 24th. The Cypriot (?) team features former NBA players LaVell Blanchard and Aleksandar Radojevic, but their cornerstone players throughout EuroChallenge play have been Americans Quincy Taylor and Darrel Mitchell, Montenegrian Vujadin Subotic and Bosnian Haris Mujezinovic. The other semi-final match-up is Cholet Basket of France and BC Triumph of Russia. Cholet Basket is lead by dynamic young guards Rodrigue Beaubois and Nando de Colo, US-born guard Kevin Braswell and, of course, DeceptivelyQuick's fan favorite Steeve Ho You Fat.
BC Triumph is probably best known for letting Nenad Krstic walk in the middle of the season and join the OKC Thunder, but they do have a couple of dangerous players left in Marque Perry, J.R. Bremer, Marcus Goree and Fedor Dmitriev. The EuroChallenge final will be played Sunday 26th of April.
-H.T. still can't get past Montepaschi Siena
Monday, April 20, 2009
Not to knock any of the guys who finished higher than McMillan, they all won a bunch of games. But they did it with rosters stocked with of veteran star talent. Call me crazy, but that doesn't seem spectacular. That is pretty normal, actually.
And while that handful of coaches achieved something that is done by multiple teams every year, Nate did something that was closer to historic. Something that had never been done before. Something that deserved more acclaim than a consolation Western Conference Coach of the Month award.
The first fifty win team to play four rookies. Earning homecourt advantage with the youngest rotation in the League. Both of these things happened while playing what the Elias Sports Bureau deemed the hardest schedule in the NBA.
Even when you come to expect this type of unrecognition it is still deflating. We're in the Pacific Northwest, not on the Moon. Voters: please stop being such jackasses and try your hardest to pay at least a little attention.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Some of Cliff Robinson's stuff found, more evidence of how much he loves Bass Guitar coming to light
Whenever Robinson's name come up it is always a good time to remember how much he enjoys going out to nightclubs and playing Air Bass all night on the dance floor. I think we can all agree this is an awesome thing.
Deputies said the home, located on NW Jackson Quarry Road, was ransacked on March 30th and several items, including several off-road vehicles, five bass guitars, a motorcycleSee that? He really did have a bass guitar or five stolen! Ha! I thought I was just being hilarious. But there's more:
Some of the items still missing included a custom-made go-cart, a set of custom-made Calloway golf clubs, two large Pioneer flat screen televisions, two bass guitars, a white quad off-road vehicle, and a tall white mountain bike.Other bass guitars still on the lam! Cliff must be pissed. If he wants real justice he should give Terrell Brandon a call.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
5:10 AM: Turn off Alarm
This was immediately followed by more sleeping. But it turns out 5:00 AM would probably have not been early enough anyways.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Yeah, I've been pretty slow with the Italy updates but you know, I think we should re-negotiate my salary because of economic crisis. I mean, the trouts you've been sending me over last three months aren't enough to feed me and all the 28 kids I have in my igloo with me.
This from a man recently seen hanging out with the likes of Ron Jeremy and soaking up other perks of the Finnish-Celebrity scene. Luckily we have agreed to a deal in principal with the help of mutual friend Stig Dogg and H.T., as a good faith gesture, has provided us with another Petteri Koponen Update. Make sure to check out the latest picture of Koponen, that big frame is looking more and more NBA ready by the day.
Petteri Koponen update: Virtus wins their 6th and 7th in a row
Just a month ago, Petteri Koponen's Virtus Bologna suffered their absolutely worst loss of the season in a road game against Solsonica Rieti, a team currently 14th in the 16-team Italian Serie A standings. Right now it seems that the terrible, 25-point loss was a wake-up call for Virtus, which has been supposed to be one of the top three teams in the league with Montepaschi Siena and Lottomatica Roma.
Ever since that hard-to-forget March 7th game, Virtus has been dominating its opponents in both Serie A and FIBA EuroChallenge Cup. Both leagues included, Virtus has extended its win streak to seven games these last two weeks.
March 29th, Virtus Bologna met their cross-city rival, GMAC Bologna, in much-anticipated derby between two top teams of basketball-crazy Bologna. GMAC Bologna's season hasn't been that much of a success this year, but they managed to make things extraordinarily tough for Virtus. Virtus Bologna forward Dusan Vukcevic became the hero of this hard-fought battle by sinking the deciding jump shot at the buzzer and giving Virtus a 75-74 (34-30) victory. Petteri Koponen started the game and played 19 minutes, collecting 7 points (fg 2-2 ft 3-3), 3 rebounds and 2 steals, making most of his damage in the opening five minutes.
Here you can see a picture of Petteri schooling some opponents in the Bologna derby.
A week later, Virtus hosted once again one of the weaker teams in Serie A when Eldo Caserta came to town. Caserta has been slowly making progress these last weeks trying to make a late playoff run, and Virtus trailed for 36 minutes before their starting punch finally pulled things together and were able to snatch a 86-81 (46-47) victory. Petteri started the game, but played only five minutes, ending up with one rebound and two turnovers (g 0-1).
Here's a brief statistical recap of these two games:
GMAC Bologna - Virtus Bologna 74-75 (7-13, 30-34, 49-55)
GMAC: Marcelo Huertas 24/3/5as, Lazaros Papadopoulos 17/14, DJ Strawberry 13/5/3as.
Virtus: Dusan Vukcevic 14/1/4as, Earl Boykins 12/1, Sharrod Ford 9/7.
Virtus Bologna - Eldo Caserta 86-81 (20-20, 46-47, 65-68)
Virtus: Earl Boykins 19/3, Sharrod Ford 16/15/3bl, Keith Langford 12/5/4as.
Caserta: Guillermo Diaz 17/6/6as, David Brkic 14/6, Fabio di Bella 11/6/3as.
Italian basketball homepage www.legabasket.it is showing that Serie A game between Solsonica Rieti and Virtus Bologna has been postponed. I'm not sure whether it has something to do between these easter week Italy earthquakes.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Throughout this season we have periodically checked in on the Blazers Win-Loss profile and noticed that the team had the troublesome habit of losing to opponents ranked in the top ten in scoring. After 54 games, the team’s record against the top 10 scoring teams in the League was an unimpressive 8-13.
Just 23 games later, it appears that Portland may have figured this issue out. After 78 games played Portland is at an even 14-14 against the top 10 scoring teams. Yes, since their 8-13 start they have gone 6-1.
But the news isn’t all good. After 54 games the team was 12-1 against opponents that ranged in the 11 through 20 spots in scoring. Since then the team is just 2-5. Random statistical noise from a small sample? Has this team had trouble “getting up” for some of their less glamorous but still capable opponents? My hunch is that it’s probably nothing, and if it is, it doesn’t concern me much. This team has showed an impressive ability to solve weaknesses quickly and grow ahead of schedule. (Check out their recently much improved play on the road if you want another example.)
I'm off to an early weekened at DeceptivelyQuick. I'll be in attendance at the Nike Hoop Summit this Saturday, if you see me come say hi. I look like that one guy.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Vs. The Good: 19.2 ppgI would have sooner expected this positive relationship for the likes of Brandon Roy, who seems content to let his teammates fill it up against lesser opponents and takes over when the situation demands it. The thing about stats is that they can poke holes in our unscrutinized beliefs. Check out the same numbers for RoyBot:
Vs. The Average: 18.4 ppg
Vs. The Poor: 17.7 ppg
Vs. The Good: 21.4
Vs. The Average: 22.3
Vs. The Poor: 24.7
It will be interesting to see how Aldridge's pattern changes as he continues to progress. As his performance continues to improve, defenses will be increasingly motivated to slow him down. Will we see his pattern reverse directions and resemble that of Brandon Roy?
Monday, April 6, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Zach Randolph was arrested for investigation of drunken driving early Monday, hours after his team's 88-85 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
That is all, you may now go enjoy the rest of this beautiful day.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
That's not a mohawk it's a Shark Fin! Never did I think it would so painful to remember the old Waferd Watch.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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?
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