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Trail Blazers WIN!
posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 9:45 PM

After Zach hit the second free throw the Wolves were forced to go for three with no timeouts remaining, and Garnett missed his attempt at the buzzer.

A great win for Portland, which is EXTRA special because of the poise all three rookies showed tonight. Both Brandon and LaMarcus his CLUTCH free throws. Aldridge's free throws forced overtime, and Roy's kept them in the game. Add to that Sergio's 18 points and you've got one heck of a triple-threat.

Love it. Just love it.

Thanks to everybody who posted tonight, and c'mon back for the next home game a week from tonight (Wedesday) against Carmello, Iverson, and the Nuggetts.


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Blogger BGtodd said...

Cockroaches conquer Termites!

10:08 PM  
Blogger shadow said...

Hope its not to late to comment!! great game, the rookies showed more poise than ive seen in a long time!! as a matter of fact, I used to cringe when Clyde or Jerome went to the line when the game was on the line. Bravo Blazers!!!

10:42 PM  
Blogger Butche said...

Did my guy Z'Bo from MayTown throw up Ballin after the game winner, or is this just a rumor around Marion and Muncie? MidWest love Z'Bo we still loving you here at home! One!

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Davis Misses!
posted: at 9:44 PM

Zach Recovers!

He's fouled with 6.3 seconds to go.

No timeouts for the Wolves.

The first is in and Chalupas are abound.


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Wow... Clutch free throws down the stretch! After being only 6 for 12, to finish with eight straight made.

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Roy to the Line
posted: at 9:42 PM

More pressure on Portland's rookie core!

He hits the first -- we're tied.

One more for the lead, and he cashes it in.

99-98, Portland.

12.3 remaining.


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Garnett Scores
posted: at 9:40 PM

But too quickly! There's :20 remaining, which ought to give the Trail Blazers ample time to execute a play for the win.

Timeout, Portland.

98-97, Wolves.


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Jack's Layup Gives Lead!
posted: at 9:37 PM

Trail Blazers up one with 28.7 seconds to go.

Almost the same situation as we had at the end of regulation, but this time Portland is up.

97-96, and no matter what, the Trail Blazers should get the ball back. But of course, they'd like to get it back with a lead attached.

One stop will do it.

Here we go...


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Portland Needs a Bucket
posted: at 9:35 PM

Down three with a minute to go, Zach Randolph is headed to the line for two.

First is good...

As is second.

Portland within one, needing a stop. And they get one! Blount travels right beneath the basket!


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Phew!
posted: at 9:29 PM

Jack hits at the shot clock buzzer. Portland within one.

2:11 to go...


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Zach Scores...
posted: at 9:27 PM

First two of the OT, which is quickly answered by KG on the other end.

Zach swishes a jumper, but Ricky Davis drills a three.

92-91, Wolves.


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Garnett Misses! Overtime
posted: at 9:24 PM

Wow... here we go, and I must tell you I'm feeling lucky because Garnett had a pretty good look as he was covered on a switch by the much smaller Jarrett Jack.

87 all, and we've got a new five-minute game.

The Rose Garden crowd isn't huge tonight, but let me tell you they've been EXTRA loud and a whole bunch of them are still on their feet.


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Roy Misses, but...
posted: at 9:21 PM

LaMarcus fouled. Two shots...

Pressure time for the rookie.

Nails the first.

...

Swishes the SECOND!

ALL TIED UP!

2.8 remain.


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Overtime baby!!!!

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On Their Feet!
posted: at 9:19 PM

Davis pulls up around a Garnett pick and hits... Timeout Portland, down by two.

11.6 seconds remaining.


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MARTELL!!
posted: at 9:17 PM

Grabs a long bouncing loose rebound and scores over Mark Blount on the fast break to tie it up!

YEAH BUDDY!

85 all. 28 seconds remain.


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Roy Sets up Magloire
posted: at 9:16 PM

He's fouled and will shoot two...

Rolls the first in... barely...

And...

Misses the second...

45 seconds...


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Portland Down Three
posted: at 9:15 PM

One minute left... set play from out of bounds...


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Magic Number Four
posted: at 9:12 PM

It took four attempts, but the Trail Blazers got every rebound, and finally corraled that loose ball and got the score.

But on the other end Trenton Hassell just nailed a three to put the Wolves back up one.

Less than two minutes remain...

Garnett for two from the baseline...

But it's LAMARCUS with a baseline JAM!

83-32, Wolves.


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Welcome to the NBA, LaMarcus
posted: at 9:08 PM

While rookie LaMarcus Aldridge is a solid defender, KG just showed him a thing or two. One-on-one with the perenial all-star, LaMarcus got caught up by Garnett's fancy dribbling before he drained a deep jumper.

But you know what that range reminds me of? Exactly, LaMarcus.

Garnett is a pretty good model for what type of player Aldridge could someday be...

Portland by one, 78-77


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Martell Makes Good
posted: at 9:06 PM

After missing two free throws the youngster got it back with a three on the next possession.

78-73, Trail Blazers. Four minutes to go...


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Aaack! Zach, please trust your teammates!

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Wolves Not Feeding Garnett
posted: at 9:04 PM

The fourth quarter is half-over and KG has yet to score in the period. This is crazy (but hey, I can't complain). After the prolific third quarter Garnett had, he should be getting the ball every time down.

5:30 left and the Wolves are in the penalty from here on out. Portland's only got two team fouls.

Now we've just got to make them! Martell misses two...

75-71, Portland.


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Segio Para Tres!
posted: at 9:00 PM

Three more Rodriguez!

Add Martell's two free throws and Portland's up four.

To Shhhplz: I sing. Whether I can or not doesn't stop me.

The crowd is loud, and I suspect Brandon is just on the bench because he went a bit cold in the second half, and this unit seems to be getting the job done -- especially Sergio.

Six minutes left and Roy will probably be back in soon.


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Rookies
posted: at 8:53 PM

We've got four big-time rookies on the court today (Roy, Aldridge, Rodriguez and Minnesota's Foye).

And guess who's got the most points? That's right, Mr. Spanish Chocolate himself, Sergio Rodriguez.

What's most interesting about this is that all those other guys -- not to diminish their skills -- were picked in the top ten. Sergio, who's got 15 points, was selected 27th overal.

Steal of the draft!


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Go Sergio!

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The Final Period
posted: at 8:48 PM

Thanks almost exlusively to Kevin Garnett, the Wolves being the fourth up two.

Something tells me this one is going down to the wire, and something else tells me the home crowd is going to have to keep up this noise and push their team over the top.

68-66, Minnesota


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Role Reversal
posted: at 8:45 PM

Martell Webster slashed to the basket and found an open Sergio Rodriguez on the perimter and he nailed the three.

Usually that sort of thing goes the other way 'round for Portland, but you've got to love that diversity. Gettin' better all the time... sing it with me!


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Can you really sing? Is the crowd on their feet? What happened with Roy? He is hurt?

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Zach Gobbles up the Rebound...
posted: at 8:39 PM

...from Segio's fast break miss and fakes out Kevin Garnett for the put pack.

Trail Blazers up two.


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Stuffed!
posted: at 8:36 PM

Ime just STUFFED the much taller Mark Blount.

But the T-Wolves regained possession and Garnett hit ANOTHER shot. He's leading all scorers with 19, and the Timberwolves have pulled ahead.

Wait, make that a tie. Zach rolled on in and it's now 59-59. Just under four minutes remaining in the quarter.


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Garnett Continues to Score
posted: at 8:28 PM

He's got every one of Minnesota's nine second-half points, and has led his team back within two.

57-55, Portland.


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Davis Cooling Off
posted: at 8:26 PM

He was on fire in the first-half, but now Ricky Davis can't buy a bucket. He missed his first two jumpers, then clanked two free throws.

But at the same time, Kevin Garnett is getting more involved in the T-Wolves offense. If I had my choice I rather Davis be the hot man...


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Portland Scores First Seven
posted: at 8:18 PM

And that puts them up buy just as many. The run forced the Wolves, who have yet to score a point this half, into a timeout.

53-46, Trail Blazers.


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Two Down, Two to Go
posted: at 8:01 PM

Well played first half by the Trail Blazers. Everyone is sharing the ball and knocking down their shots.

On the other side, Ricky Davis is single-handedly keeping the Wolves in the game.

Everything's all tied up at the half, 46-46.

I'd like to take a moment to again invite whoever's out there in Blog-land to share your comments and opinions on this game. I'll do my best to answer questions, or address whatever else we happen to come across.

Also, I've been wondering where many of you are at. I know that not all of our viewers are from around the Portland area... so where ya from?


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Trail Blazing
posted: at 7:53 PM

Portland's currently shooting 58% from the field -- hot stuff indeed.

Add that to forcing nine turnovers while giving away only five, plus every Trail Blazer in uniform has scored, and we're looking at a pretty solid performance -- that's exactly the Trail Blazers formula.


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We Should have some Races
posted: at 7:44 PM

I've got a feeling that Sergio Rodriguez, while dribbling, could beat anyone on the court in a foot race, even if they had their hands free...

Great twisting reverse layup from Martell gives Portland a two-point lead -- and while it's great to see Martell some shots, I'm sure coach McMillan would like to see him go harder to the hoop and draw a few more fouls. Still, I'll take a made basket any day.

A Wolves steal was stolen back by Juna Dixon, who drove all the way to the hoop for another layup.

Portland 35, Min. 31


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Yikes
posted: at 7:40 PM

Davis just swished a three from about six feet behind the line. But luckily our man Sergio was right there to return the favor.

It's all tied up at 29.


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Ricky Hears the Boo's
posted: at 7:35 PM

And he's fired up to silence them -- or perhaps, make them louder. Either way, you can tell that Ricky want's to stick it to the Rose Garden faithful. He's jacking up a lot of shots, and at the moment, unfortunately, he's making them. Davis leads the Wolves with 11.


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Mad Dawg Madsen
posted: at 7:33 PM

Well, now I've seen it all -- Mark Madsen just banked a free throw.

Yes, Really.

He BANKED a FREE THROW!

That's almost as good as the time he airballed to in a row.

At the end of the first, it's Portland up by one, 23-22.


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Roy is HOT
posted: at 7:31 PM

First quarter isn't over yet and the Natural (that's Brandon) has already got 11. Two three's, a and-one conversion, and on deep jumper.

That career-high he set on Sunday might not last so long...

Will keep you posted (now you get posting!)


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Who's the Cockroach?
posted: at 7:26 PM

Ricky Davis is getting all kinds of boo's everytime he gets near the ball, and for a minute, I had to wonder why.

Was it that time as a Celtic when he shot at the other team's basket to get the rebound and complete a triple double?

Nah, that's not it.

Earlier this season Davis called the Trail Blazers bench a bunch of "cockroaches" while his team had the lead. Davis' ill-thought out, and frankly, flat out stupid remark fired up the Trail Blazers. They weren't going to take that.

Portland overcame a big deficit and fought all the way back for the win.

Maybe we give that name to Ricky instead...


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Roy over Garnett!
posted: at 7:20 PM

Brandon just nailed his second three-pointer of the night, this one over the outstreched hand of Garnett. "You dare give me that space?" Roy seemed to say.

Add to that a Pryzbilla dunk from Jarrett Jack, and now a turnover ending with a Udoka layup and the Trail Blazers are up 15-8.

The Wolves are forced to call time out. Great way to start the game.


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The Kid?
posted: at 7:14 PM

Kevin Garnett has really grown up, hasn't he? The fire, the passion and the skills are all still burning bright, but isn't it a little odd that he's been in the league 11 years now?

Wow.

Garnett is older than EVERY Trail Blazers player (edging out Raef LaFrentz by just 10 days).

8-7, Timberwolves, though Portland would be leading if a few easy chip shots rolled in rather than out.


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Timberwolves Tip-Off
posted: at 7:10 PM

Kevin Garnett and his team are out on the court shooting around. I watched their warmup earlier – Garnett stood in the middle of the chanting, bouncing pyramid of big bodies and outstretched hands that played call and response. “Who we got?” “WE’RE ALL WE GOT!” they shouted.

The Timberwolves have lost four games in a row, and are certainly looking for a little solidarity since their coach Dwayne Casey was recently fired. Taking over the reigns for the time being is Randy Whittman.

Minnesota is currently at 20-20, and tonight they’ll face a Portland squad who have won their last two straight games at home, and three of five overall.

Against the Bucks Sunday, Brandon Roy once again bumped up his career high to 28. The Trail Blazers led by as many as 20 points in that game and held off a ferocious comeback attempt led by the 5’5” Earl Boykins.

A win tonight would give Portland a 2-1 edge in the season series with Minnesota. Each team has protected their home court in the earlier meetings.


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