January 21, 2009

Blazers can't stop Williams or James. Cleveland Routes Portland. 98-104

I've been saying this for a week now, "Brandon Roy needs to get out of this damn slump."

The other night, while Roy struggled, Oden stepped up.  Well tonight, they didn't have anyone step up and take over when they needed a last minute push in the 4th.  We saw signs from Bayless and LaMarcus again, but inevitably, LeBron James and Mo Williams proved to be too much.  Luckily from here, the Blazers take on 3 gutter teams which should give them a chance to get back on track.  Assuming they stop playing down to their opponents...

Game thoughts in fantastical bulleted format:
  • LeBron James is better than advertised.  That's right, I said it.
  • Mo Williams was the key to this game, and he drove away with the Cadillac.
  • Where has Joel been?  Remember how great he was early on?
  • We need Blake!  We need Blake!
  • I'm sick of lecturing you Brandon, but come on.  
  • Bayless, you could have helped...had you actually played.
  • Rudy was hot early and then, did he even play in the second half?
  • Ben Wallace is no longer intimidating.  Or good.
  • The Cavs really do have the perfect mixture of role and star players.
  • That 24 Hour Fitness trip must have worked for Wally World.
  • At least we don't see Cleveland again until March.
Plus/Minus Sheet:

Highlights for those of you Sam Adams-ing:

Box Score.


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Carolyn 1/22/09, 9:48 AM  

Oh Kellex, I still love you.

kellex 1/22/09, 10:04 AM  

Ms. C, we're just not good enough yet for your boy, Mr. LBJ.

Anonymous 1/22/09, 1:57 PM  

Did you notice how they didn't get the ball to Oden at all in the first two and a half quarters. After the most dominant game of his young career, Nasty Nate decided to redirect all shots to the perimeter. Granted Oden got some shots, but they were all off of good offensive rebounds. He wanted to play, he came to play, but I guess Nate (McNugget) wanted to keep him from getting too much confidence.

You may think that I am a huge Oden advocate, but the truth is, I did and still to this day, dread the day they picked him over Durant. The thing is Oden had confidence going into the game, but was completely overlooked.

How about this as a suggestion: FIRE NATE MCMILLAN!!!!!!!!!!!

kellex 1/22/09, 4:11 PM  

It was interesting to see them not actively looking for Greg. Varejao and Ben Wallace are probably not capable of guarding him if he's playing like he did on Monday night. Not sure why he wasn't a part of the gameplan last night, but we'll just have to assume Nate knew something we didn't. :)

And I'm with you on the Durant deal...but now that the team has Greg and he's healthy, I'll be cheering the guy on with the rest of the fans. But my fiancee will also be sporting a KD Sonics jersey when the Thunder come to town!

Anonymous 1/22/09, 5:09 PM  

Yeah, Nate knew how to lose that game using perimeter jumpshots.

Sheed 1/23/09, 8:16 AM  

I will stick by the Oden pick forever. Even if it makes me a stubborn old man.

kellex 1/23/09, 9:33 AM  

I'm just stuck with it. :P

It'll be good though. I'm trying to be positive about it. I can tell there is game tucked away behind this shield of his. We'll see it soon.

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