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No Soup For Okur!
posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 9:34 PM

His second attempt at a game-tying three-pointer is short!

NO GOOD! NO GOOD! NO GOOD!

Brandon Roy finished with 27 points and 7 assists for the Trail Blazers and he absolutely deserves Player of the Game honors.

Zach Randolph's two big free-throws in crunchtime wound up being the difference in the game as the Trail Blazers weren't able to seal the deal until the final seconds. Randolph finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Dan Dickau may have been the game's biggest surprise, in fact, he was without a doubt the game's biggest surprise. In a night that was hailed as the return of Spanish Chocolate, Dickau came off the bench and scored 11 points and dealt 5 assists for the Trail Blazers.

Ime Udoka started and finished the game extremely aggressively on both ends of the floor. Udoka finished with 15 points and grabbed 2 rebounds. It's unfortunate for Ime, however, that the NBA does not keep track of tipped balls, because he would surely be among the league leaders. Udoka is one of the NBA's best at keeping offensive boards alive and his talent showed tonight.


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Deeeefense! Deeeeefense!
posted: at 9:32 PM

Mehmet Okur missed a three! But there's 1.8 seconds left and it's Utah's ball.

Unbelievable!

103 - 100 with 1.8 left. Okur has already missed one 3-pointer that would've tied the game....


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its over its over!!!!!

9:36 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I'm dying here- what's going on? I'm on the net and the sites aren't updating the score correctly- you guys are my connection to this game. Help!

9:38 PM  

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Randolph connects!
posted: at 9:31 PM

On both!

The Trail Blazers are up 103 - 100 with 6.3 left.


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Udoka... Oh no!
posted: at 9:30 PM

Ime missed both free-throws and the Jazz marched down the floor and found Mehmet Okur for 3!

It's a 1-point game with 6.3 seconds left. Zach Randolph will shoot two as the Trail Blazers try and SLAM the door shut.


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DELAY OF GAME!
posted: at 9:26 PM

Are you kidding me!?!?

Derek Fisher just connected on a technical foul because Portland was hit with their second delay of game penalty... Fans are baffled as to why they received the second delay of game, but we do know that the Trail Blazer lead is now 4 points!

On the ensuing possession, Derek Fisher lost the BALL! He turned it over! Udoka will shoot two free-throws...

*Apparently the delay of game was given because Travis Outlaw's jersey was not tucked in. Let me repeat that... A player's jersey wasn't tucked in, so Utah received a technical foul shot*


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Dan Dickau is fouled...
posted: at 9:24 PM

Free-throws for Dickau...

As he heads to the line, you could probably hear a pin drop in the Rose Garden. Every fan in the stadium is on the edge of their seat...

But he misses the first!

And nails the second... One is better than none, but it's never easy for these Portland Trail Blazers.

Up by 5 with 17.3 seconds left.


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Deeeeefense! Deeeeefense!
posted: at 9:20 PM

Brandon Roy is approaching a career-high in points. He now has 27, which ties a career-high, and he has 18.4 seconds to make it a new career best...

Derek Fisher's two free-throws have cut the Trail Blazer lead to 4 points, but it's Trail Blazer ball and two more points should put the game out of reach.

This is an ENORMOUS possession. Find a TV, find a radio, find a computer but the Trail Blazers need your help!


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2 minutes!
posted: at 9:17 PM

The Trail Blazers need a basket to seal the deal...

And guess who- Brandon Roy has gotten to the foul line for the Trail Blazers.

It's a 4-point game..... UNTIL ZACH RANDOLPH CONVERTS!

Free Chalupas for everyone! Zach Randolph has made it a Chalupa Night and given the Trail Blazers a 6-point lead with less than a minute to play!


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yikes!!!! another close one..... everyone at home on your feet!!

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3-points to FREE Chalupas!
posted: at 9:10 PM

With 3:49 left, the countdown is on...

Coach Nate McMillan has put Jarrett Jack and the rest of the Trail Blazers starters back in the game, except Joel Pryzbilla who has been replaced by LaMarcus Aldridge, in an attempt to close out the Utah Jazz.

Dan Dickau, Travis Outlaw, and Martell Webster have all played great in what is going to go down as a total team effort against the Jazz.

Brandon Roy, Jarrett Jack, Zach Randolph, Ime Udoka and LaMarcus Aldridge are expected to finish out the game and close the door on the Utah Jazz. It's an 8-point game with 2:35 left.


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5:08 left in the game...
posted: at 9:05 PM

And what a game it's been!

Roy has 26 points.

The Trail Blazers have out-rebounded the league's best rebounding team.

They've blocked 6 shots, stolen the ball 6 times, and they've hit 7 three-pointers...

And it's a 12-point game with 4:52 left!


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Game is not on TV - keep up the great blogging!

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please blazers dont give this one away!!!!

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It's Roy's World...
posted: at 8:57 PM

We're just living in it.

Brandon Roy has made the fourth quarter Roy Time all season long and tonight is no different. With Zach Randolph resting before crunch time, the Trail Blazers future Rookie of the Year has absolutely taken over the game.

He now has 23 points in the game and he's making it really tough to pick out the lone All-Star playing in tonight's contest (Mehmet Okur).

Okur, on the other hand, has quietly scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, but the weird thing is that Okur and Randolph play almost exactly the same style, so it's difficult to determine why the league picked Okur over ZeBo when Zach's averages in both points and rebounds are much higher.

Roy has just made it a 12 point game with a huuuuuge three from the top of the key! That's 26 points on the night!


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this is going to be Roy's career night! :)

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Fourth quarter is Trail Blazers time!
posted: at 8:50 PM

Up by as many as 10, the Trail Blazers head into the fourth quarter leading by 6, 77 - 71.

Not only are the Trail Blazers on pace for Chalupas, but the Rose Garden fans are witnessing one of the best team efforts that Portland has put in all season. Dan Dickau has come off the bench to score 9 points and dish 2 assists...

MAKE THAT 3 ASSISTS!

Holy cow! Dickau just found Travis Outrageous on a ridiculous alley-oop. It looked like a three but Outlaw plucked it out of the air and layed it in backwards. It's a play that will be on ESPN and highlight tapes for years to come...

The highlight gives Outlaw 8 points on the night and he's also grabbed a couple rebounds.

Roy has also played well turning in 18 points and 5 assists.


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what a game that all i can say!

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Roy says NO-NO!
posted: at 8:41 PM

Brandon Roy now has 16 points to go with his 5 assists and just turned in one of the most brutal rejections in Trail Blazers history.

Roy's denial gives the Trail Blazers 6 on the night and they've continued to out-rebound the league's best. Portland has 25 rebounds to Utah's 23.

Portland has the defensive hustle and the offensive flow to knock off the Jazz and it all adds up to upset in the Rose Garden...


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Roy says NO-NO!
posted: at 8:41 PM

Brandon Roy now has 16 points to go with his 5 assists and just turned in one of the most brutal rejections in Trail Blazers history.

Roy's denial gives the Trail Blazers 6 on the night and they've continued to out-rebound the league's best. Portland has 25 rebounds to Utah's 23.

Portland has the defensive hustle and the offensive flow to knock off the Jazz and it all adds up to upset in the Rose Garden...


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Take off your shoes buddy...
posted: at 8:34 PM

Gordan Giricek deserves all the credit in the world for doing an excellent job defending Lebron James in Utah's last contest...

But tonight, Brandon Roy is absolutely embarrassing him. On the And 1 mix-tape tour, if you fall over due to a crossover, you have to take off your shoes and take the rest of the night off. Well, if the same rules applied in the NBA, Giricek would be shoe-less and headed for the locker room.

Roy not only made Giricek fall over, but he then hit a 15-foot jumper in his face to add salt into his already gaping wound.

The Trail Blazers are trying to run away with this one and now have a 9-point lead with 3:50 left in the third.


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R.O.Y. for 3!
posted: at 8:29 PM

The pass from Jarrett Jack looked too hot to handle but Roy's big, soft hands absorbed the wild pass and converted it into 3 Trail Blazer points!

After dishing an assist to Roy, Jarrett Jack then found himself wideopen right in front of the Trail Blazer bench. He was so open, he had time to find the laces, line it up, and then dial it in for 3 points...

It's 62 - 54 Traaaaaail Blazers!


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Blogger SergioDaMan said...

Where's my favorite player who's Spanish?
From the court you seemed to have vanished.
You not playing is such a sin,
That I want to play the violin.
Tell Coach Nate to put you in,
'Cause then we will surely win!

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Third quarter... Here we come!
posted: at 8:18 PM

With 52 down and 48 to go, Trail Blazer fans have started the Chalupa Countdown to 100 points...

The Jazz started off the third quarter with a nice set play, but All-Star Mehmet Okur missed the lay-up in transition. Our young fans out there can take heart that even All-Stars miss lay-ups...

The REAL All-Star, Zach Randolph, doesn't miss baseline jumpers and he proved it early in the third.

Trail Blazers LEAD 56 - 52...


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Dickau for 3!
posted: at 8:08 PM

Can you believe it!?!

Dickau has given the Trail Blazers a two-point lead with a big three-pointer from the top of the key!

Unfortunately, the Trail Blazer lead was short-lived as Derek Fisher matched Dickau's three with one of his own.

Heading into halftime, we're all tied up here at the Rose Garden 52 - 52. Dan Dickau is easily the story of the second quarter as he finished with 6 points, 1 assist and a rebound for the Trail Blazers. The biggest play of the night, however, Dickau was not even given credit for! The point guard started a fast break by finding Martell Webster with an outlet pass from his back...

Roy has also played well, showing no signs of an All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas hang over. Roy has 7 points and 5 assists.

Up until late in the second quarter, Ime Udoka led the Trail Blazers in scoring with his 10 points, but Zach Randolph began to find his touch at the expense of Paul "The Mill-Man" Millsap. ZeBo has turned in 12 points and grabbed 7 boards. He's also tipped a handful of passes on the defensive end.

Mehmet Okur, the man who stole ZeBo's spot on this year's All-Star team, has 12 points and 3 rebounds but also has 3 fouls.


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The Dickau effect?!?!
posted: at 8:02 PM

Dan Dickau has spear-headed this Portland rally and his effort, combined with the quick hands and tipped passes of Zach Randolph (!), has given the Trail Blazers a one-point lead!

Dickau has three-points, 1 rebound and an assist in the second quarter.

The Jazz, however, have yet to hit the panic button. All of their starters have checked back in the game and they've converted on two quick possessions to retake the lead.

Portland trails 49 - 48 with 1:06 left in the half.


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Yikes...
posted: at 7:56 PM

Ok folks, enough jokes.

Seriously, after witnessing one of the worst time-out games in NBA history, the fans of Trail Blazer basketball have united and come up with this disclaimer...

If you can't make a free-throw or have no idea how to put a basketball into a basket, please refrain from signing up to be time-out entertainment.

This season started off so good with a Portland-area contestant hitting a half-court shot to win a Toyota Tundra, but since, it's been down hill. Tonight, one gentleman was given a chance to hit win $250 if he could hit a couple NBA free-throws and then a NBA three-pointer.

After missing every single shot by a substantial margin, the contestant was then asked to try and hit a 3/4 court shot for the $250 prize. Needless to say, his shot barely made it to half-court, let alone all the way into the basket.

From here on out, let's leave basketball to the experts before someone gets seriously injured.


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Dickau checks in...
posted: at 7:48 PM

Sensing the up-tempo pace, Coach Nate McMillan has went with a three guard set for much of the second quarter. Jarrett Jack, Juan Dixon, Martell Webster, and Dan Dickau have all seen action for the Trail Blazers...

And just like that Dickau gets literally hurled into the action. An out of control Dee Brown charged the lane, and met Double-D head on. Dickau drew what looked to be an obvious charge, but after no call, it was up to LaMarcus Aldridge to block the shot.

Aldridge rejected the shot right into Dan Dickau's hands who was sprawled all across the middle of the key. From his back, Dickau then started a quick fastbreak which led to two more points for Aldridge and the Trail Blazers.

It's 38 - 41 Jazz but the Trail Blazers are rallying as the first half comes to a close.


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Blazer Dancers return to action...
posted: at 7:39 PM

With some help from an incredibly talented drum-line, the Blazer Dancers returned to action after a brief vacation.

Blazer Dancer Melissa was the lucky participant in this year's All-Star Dance Squad in Las Vegas, and from the sound of it, the dancers had almost if not more fun than the players did!

Back to action, however, as Travis Outlaw just turned in the NBA's "Dunk of the Night." It started with a Martell Webster block and a fastbreak opportunity that went Webster to Jack to Outlaw for the rim-rocking, crowd-shocking, intercontinental 'Did-You-See-That?' slam dunk...

It was so good that refs hit him with a technical foul...


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It's all about the tempo...
posted: at 7:34 PM

The pace of the game has really been off the charts as the first quarter comes to a close. Neither team, on paper, are built to fastbreak but both teams have been playing at break-neck speed.

At the end of the first quarter, the Trail Blazers are leading in nearly every hustle category. The Jazz are the NBA's best rebounding team, but currently trail Portland 9 to 7 in team rebounds. The Trail Blazers have also blocked 2 shots.

Despite out-hustling the Jazz, the Trail Blazers are down 3 heading into the second quarter.


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Millsap and Aldridge check in...
posted: at 7:29 PM

This is when Zach Randolph really has to start playing aggressive for the Trail Blazers. Paul Millsap is more of a high energy guy than actual physical specimen, and his lack of size should mean easy position for Randolph down low.

Randolph has 4 points and 5 rebounds late in the first quarter.


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Trail Blazers up one!
posted: at 7:26 PM

You heard right...

An ice-cold start couldn't last forever and the Trail Blazers have turned it on in the middle of the first quarter. Ime has hit two three-pointers and has 10 points on the night and Jarrett Jack has also found his stroke on the offensive end.

Jack has 5 points and 2 assists.


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What do they say about rain?
posted: at 7:22 PM

When it rains, it pours!

After Roy broke the ice with a running leaner, Ime hit a three and then followed it up with a fast break lay-up to get the Trail Blazers right back in the thick of things.

Jarrett Jack added two more with an isolation lay-up as well. Jack has to stay aggressive on the offensive end. Gordan Giricek is flat-out too slow to stay with the Trail Blazers point guard.

Let it rain in the Rose Garden!


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Trail Blazers can't buy one early...
posted: at 7:14 PM

We've just passed the 3 minute mark here in the Rose Garden and the Trail Blazers have yet to find a basket. Portland can't seem to find a way around the tough denial defense of the Utah Jazz...

The Trail Blazers have turned up the intensity, however, by really starting to attack the offensive glass. Ime Udoka received one of the loudest ovations of the night when he went over Andrei Kirilenko and grabbed a tough board.

After a quick timeout, Brandon Roy took it upon himself and broke the ice for Portland.

It's 10 - 2 with 7:58 left in the first.


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Derek Fisher starting...
posted: at 7:04 PM

A couple minor surprises in the Utah starting lineup...

Derek Fisher will start in place of the injured Deron Williams, AK#47 Andrei Kirilenko, Gordan Giricek, Mehmet Okur, and Jarron Collins round out the starting lineup for the Jazz.

No surprises for the Trail Blazers as they send out Ime, Roy, Jack, the Thrilla and ZeBo...


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Deron is doubtful...
posted: at 6:49 PM

After all the hype surrounding the Roy - Williams match-up, the Utah Jazz have issued a statement explaining that Deron may not see serious action against the Trail Blazers.

Apparently, Williams tweaked a groin muscle during the All-Star Rookie-Sophomore Challenge.

It's tough to say if Utah is just scared of Brandon Roy dominating their starting point guard and causing emotional trauma or if he is legitimately aching after a week in Vegas...

Regardless, it's good news for the Trail Blazers who may not have to worry about Utah's top two offensive weapons, Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer.

Starting lineups are set to get underway and tip-off is just around the corner!


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The Return of Spanish Chocolate!!!
posted: at 6:40 PM

All Trail Blazers fans wanted for Valentine's Day was some Spanish Chocolate, but after suffering a severe ankle injury, we had to settle for Hershey's Kisses...

But tonight Sergio is ready to strap up and get back in the action against the Utah Jazz.

Rookie point guard Sergio Rodriguez is expected to return to action against the Jazz after suffering a severely sprained ankle. On the year, Sergio has averaged 13.5 assists per 48 minutes and trails only Steve Nash for the league lead.

Sergio’s absence from the NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge, may have been what doomed the Rookie team. Without much in terms of a true point guard- Brandon Roy played his more natural shooting guard position- the Rookies failed to execute and create open shots for each other. The Sophomores, on the other hand, who had natural point guards in Chris Paul and Deron Williams, were able to dish 44 assists on their way to an easy victory.


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New Faces, Same Rivalry...
posted: at 6:38 PM

Portland will be successful tonight if they can exploit Utah’s glaring weaknesses and much of this focuses on power forward Zach Randolph. In the first meeting between the two teams, Randolph scored 34 points and grabbed 13 boards, both of which were game highs, and outplayed his All-Star competition in Carlos Boozer.

Tonight, the Jazz will be without Boozer, which means that Randolph should be able to score at will against Millsap, Mehmet Okur and AK#47, Andrei Kirilenko. The key, however, is that ZeBo plays aggressive and the Trail Blazers stick to their game plan.
Containing Deron Williams is a huge must on the defensive end. Jarrett Jack did a magnificent job shutting down Agent Zero, Gilbert Arenas, in Washington, but then had trouble with Dwayne Wade and Carlos Arroyo in follow-up games. Williams is second in the league in assists per game, but if Jack can apply some pressure, Portland should be able to force turnovers and defend their home court.


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Trail Blazers punch the clock; get back to work tonight!
posted: at 6:33 PM

After 4-games on the road and an All-Star break, the Trail Blazers are revved up and ready to take on the NBA's most surprising team, the Utah Jazz, in tonight's Northwest Conference showdown.

And if you like drama, you better find time for this basketball game.

Without even mentioning Greg Ostertag, Trail Blazer fans can conjure up enough hatred for the Jazz to make their blood boil and the rivalry only gets more intense as character’s within each subplot are replaced.

It used to be Karl Malone vs. the Trail Blazers frontline. Now it's future Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy versus Sophomore Deron Williams.

Williams may have edged Roy during this year's NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge by putting up 19 points and dishing 7 assists, but Roy has a chance to even the score and the season-series when it really matters.

The Jazz have also found a healthier alternative to Karl Malone in rookie Paul Millsap. The Mill-man (patent pending) hails from Louisiana Tech, the same university that produced Malone, and he’s been putting up gaudy numbers despite being under most NBA radars.

In the NBA Rookie Challenge, Millsap scored 22 points off the bench, which tied him with Rudy Gay for the team lead.

Beyond the hang over from All-Star weekend, tonight is also an opportunity for power forward Zach Randolph to prove that the NBA made a poor selection when they chose Mehmet Okur over ZeBo. Despite being 11th in the league in scoring and averaging nearly 6 points more than Okur per game, Randolph was a noticeable omission from the West’s dominant victory in Las Vegas.

Randolph also averages almost 3 rebounds per game more than Okur.


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