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No that's not the sound of balloon's emptying after Martin Luther King Jr. parades or the wheezing you imagine Gilbert Arenas making in a 5x5 jail cell shower. That would be the fizzling noise "your" Portland Trail Blazers made in the 4th quarter of a 10:00AM holiday basketball game without their star player for a second straight game.
So what happened? Well the 28 to 16 free throw attempt differential is pretty significant. Portland also went 3 of 17 from deep which is a sign that they missed Brandon Roy dearly. That is way too many damn 3's, peeps. These stats are also very telling of the gameplan from each team yesterday morning. The Wizards were aggressive as hell while the Blazers settled for jumper after jumper. Show me the last time a team as passive as the Blazers made any sort of significant run towards a championship in any sport.
This was a game that Portland should have stolen and now, you've got the Sixers, Celtics and Pistons to finish out a road trip which could really set a tone for the second half of the season.
Recap. Box Score...
- The case for Bosh to as the next Blazers big man. [Amar Panchmatia]
- Roy says he'll "try to play," Nate says, "Hell no." [Jason Quick]
- The Blazers fade out in 4th quarter. [Joe Freeman]
- Mid-season grades from dave. [BlazersEdge]
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