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A Tough One
posted: Sunday, December 03, 2006 at 8:25 PM

Well, it didn’t come together late for the Trail Blazers tonight, as they fell to Atlanta, 107-96. It’s too bad, because Portland could have used some positive momentum going into their six-game road trip.

The last three Trail Blazer losses remind me somewhat of Portland’s early string of come-behind victories, except as of late the Trail Blazers have been unable to come up with that last burst of energy – be it the big shots or stops needed – to come up with the win. And that’s just the way the ball bounces sometimes.

And though no one can be happy about a losing streak, it is worth noting that the Trail Blazers have been quite competitive in these games.

Good games from Zach, Sergio, Jack and Martell Webster, but it wouldn’t be enough to stop five Hawks scoring in double-figures. Joe Johnson led all scorers with 33 – his fourth straight 30+ point game.

On another note, the Game-Time Blog will be off until Trail Blazers return home to face the Clippers, December 15h. But I’d like to extend the invitation for everyone to sign up and make comments during the games. Let’s turn this place into THE spot for online game-time action and discussion.

Until then, thanks for reading.

-Andrew


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Blogger cdwalker16 said...

What's up with Travis Outlaw, why hasn't he been playing lately? Did he happen to make someone's DOGG-POUND
PLAYING WITH OUT A COLLAR!

He's a good D-player, lots of blocks hard worker, You need him there to disrupte teams like Dallas, San Anton, Miami plus the West-Side your backyard.
Thank you for your time
CDAWG

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A Minute Left
posted: at 8:07 PM

And the Trail Blazers are behind by seven. Portland looks like they will be fouling the rest of the way, and as long as the Hawks hit their free throws, things aren't looking good for the Trail Blazers.


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#11 with 11
posted: at 8:02 PM

Segio Rodriguez and assists that is.

Jarrett just checked back in, and if he gets three more the Trail Blazers will have two players with ten or more assists. That would be the first time since... well... Anyone out there know?


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

ola soy rober tengo 13 años y siempre q puedo me kedo despierto a ver como juega el crack de sergio...
ya os empezareis a dar cuenta por alli de k es un verdadero jugon..
weno y aunque por alli seas the spanish chocolate aqui siempre seras el chacho
rober_lagares@hotmail.com

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

ola soy rober tengo 13 años y siempre q puedo me kedo despierto a ver como juega el crack de sergio...
ya os empezareis a dar cuenta por alli de k es un verdadero jugon..
weno y aunque por alli seas the spanish chocolate aqui siempre seras el chacho
rober_lagares@hotmail.com

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Down to Seven
posted: at 7:52 PM

Zach Randolph scores and is fouled, but misses the free throw.

Still, it's getting louder and louder inside the Rose Garden.

94-87 Hawks, with just under six minutes to go.


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Fans Keep Hope Alive
posted: at 7:50 PM

Cheering on their team with chants of "De-Fense!", the Rose Garden faithfull will not go quietly into the night. Portland's momentum has cut the lead to 11, causing an Atlanta timeout.


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A Decisive Third
posted: at 7:41 PM

A stagnant Portland offense and Atlanta's continued hot shooting have pumped an eight-point half-time deficit up to 15.

If the Trail Blazers are going to turn this one around, they're going to have to start with some tight defense in hopes of stalling Joe Johnson and the four other Atlanta players in double-figures before things get out of hand.

87-72, Hawks.


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But for All the Good Numbers...
posted: at 7:36 PM

...there's a bad one sticking out like a sore thumb: turnovers. Portland's got 17 to Atlanta's eight. And from those turnovers, the Hawks have scored ten more points off them than the Trail Blazers.

And that's the difference in the game. Portland 68, Atlanta 78.


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did zach get hurt? why did they take him out

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The Good Fight
posted: at 7:31 PM

Jarrett Jack has matched Sergio Rodriguez's seven assists, and you've got to like that. Could we see two ten-assist games? That would be something...


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Going for Distance
posted: at 7:23 PM

The Trail Blazers and the Hawks have each hit seven three's so far. And whoever takes their hot shooting from downtown into the fourth will probably take the game.

As they say, "live by the three, die by the three."


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60-52 at the Half
posted: at 7:10 PM

Atlanta leads, but Portland is still very much in this game.

Zach Randolph leads all scorers with 17. Martell's got 15, and Atlanta Hawk Joe Johnson's is on pace for his fourth-straight 30 point game with 15.

The table is set for a solid second-half.


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Make That Seven...
posted: at 6:59 PM

...assists for Sergio Rodriguez.

After a slow offensive start for the Trail Blazers, things are really clicking now.

And would you look at that -- birthday wishes for none-other-than Martell Webster on the JumboTron.


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Martell Martell Martell
posted: at 6:53 PM

After finally missing from deep, Webster found the rebound, went strong to the hoop and will go to the line. The trip will be extended too, as the nasty foul was called a flagrant.

Very strange video during a time out. A Hawks mascot-lookalike sat in what looked like an outhouse, listening to sound tests, then was dropped out of a moving truck driven by Blaze. Uhm, yeah. Didn't really make any sense to me either.

Portland 44, Atlanta 49. Three minutes left in the half.


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Sergio's Given Five
posted: at 6:47 PM

Five assists already for the rookie point guard, and it would be six had Atlanta not fouled to stop LaMarcus Aldridge from that dunk.

And Martell again from downtown! 3-for-3 baby. But Atlanta is just as hot from deep -- the Hawks have hit five three's as well.

45-40, Atlanta.


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Blogger darb said...

Glad to see Martell warming up! Hopefully this will boost his confidence. And Sergio with 5 assists... that is what that guy lives for. Passing!

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LaMarcus Says 'No!'
posted: at 6:40 PM

No to Lorenzen Wright's dunk attempt. No way. Get that trash outta here!

That one got the Rose Garden fired up, and for good reason.

On the previous possession Aldridge hit his first shot, a midrange jumper. And let me be the first to tell you, the kid has one funny looking shot. But as long as it goes in, nobody will be complaining.

Ooh -- LaMarcus just blocked Wright again, this time forcing a jump ball. And he scores on the next Trail Blazers possession.

Good stuff young man, good stuff.


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Does Jamal Magloire Speak Spanish?
posted: at 6:38 PM

Or is Segio's English getting better?

After scoring and being sent to the line for one more, Sergio and Jamal met for a few words. We're going to have to look into this one...


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At the End of One
posted: at 6:27 PM

Trail Blazers 22, Hawks 25

Wow... it's looking like it may really be Martell's night after all -- he's got 10 first-quarter points, and they're coming from all over the place. Martell's nailed two three's, some free throws, and finished a fast break with a wicked dunk.

Zach Randolph had just a big a quarter, scoring 11.

The only other Trail Blazer on the scoreboard is Ime, who got his single point from the line.

All in all, a pretty good start for Portland.


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Martell's Got Six
posted: at 6:23 PM

Two-for-two from downtown. Maybe it will be tonight...


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Maybe the Change Worked
posted: at 6:19 PM

Martell Webster, after checking in for Travis Outlaw, just nailed his first attempt from deep.

It's too early to say tonight if this will be a breakout game for Martell, but you can be sure he's due for one. That fearsome stroke will return and, when it does, he's going to burn a team for twenty or thirty...


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It Took Almost Three Minutes...
posted: at 6:15 PM

...but the Trail Blazers got the game's first bucket.

Travis Outlaw is making the most of his first start so far, fighting for loose balls and rebounds -- just what Portland wants to see. But Travis has got to be careful and stay under controll. His second foul just sent Martell into the game in his place.


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A Most Important Game
posted: at 5:55 PM

It may be a little to early in the season to start floating around terms like 'must win,' but tonight's game against Atlanta is a big one for the Trail Blazers.

After losing their last four, including a heart-breaking defeat to Orlando, Portland is about to embark on their longest road-trip of the season. The six game trip begins Tuesday in Detroit, and no doubt the Trail Blazers would love to come in with some momentum.

Tonight's oppenent, the 6-8 Atlanta Hawks, are actually a younger team than Portland. But they have a legitimate superstar in Joe Johnson. The Hawks guard is the league's fourth-leading scorer, and has scored 30-plus points in his last three games. Ime Udoka gets the defensive assignment, and figures to have his hands full.

Speaking of Udoka, tonight the first-year Trail Blazer will shift over to shooting guard -- his natural position -- as Travis Outlaw will get his first start of the season in place of Martell Webster. Coach McMillan hopes coming off the bench will take some pressure off Webster, and hopefully help him regain his shooting touch.

Alright. The lights are dim, the speakers are pumping, and here come the Trail Blazers.


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