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Tough pill to swallow
posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 8:37 PM

LeBron James drove to the basket and hit a layup over three Trail Blazers with just 0.3 seconds remaining. The Trail Blazers were unable to convert a miracle basket and the game ended 84-83, Cavaliers win.

Brandon Roy scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out eight assists. He played solid defense on LeBron, but it wasn't enough.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Travis Outlaw added 13 points and Steve Blake scored 10. Joel Przybilla scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds.

LeBron led all players with 37 points and 14 rebounds. He scored 17 of Cleveland's 22 points in the fourth quarter as he completely took over the game.

The Trail Blazers are on ESPN again on Friday night when Zach Randolph and the New York Knicks come to the Rose Garden. With Z-Bo in town it's sure to be a packed house. Don't miss it!


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Blogger gonmad said...

This will go down as the worst loss of the season. They got what they deserved tonight. I know, I know James is great but that was poor coaching and poor offensive exection on that last posession. On national tv no less. Why does only big man sit on the bench with 5 to go? Nate, please understand you need to play Joel in crunch time. He blocks shots, fills the lane and rebounds. You need to figure this out. Remember when Chris Bosh tore us up inside on the road trip? No Joel! Didn't he stuff Lebron a couple time in the fourth quarter tonight? Joel on the floor and James doesn't lay it in uncontested like that. Poor coaching tonight and a poor "we have this wrapped up attitude" as well. I love this team and that is why it hurt so bad. If Joel was on the floor I think they settle for a lower percentage shot! Just my two cents. See you at the Knicks game.

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Blogger marcass said...

I have to agree! Bad coaching and a 4th quarter melt down reminiscent of last season. No Joel, no win! I feel bad for Joel. He could have won this game for us but instead he sat on the bench. We totally controlled this whole game and to lose because of no interior defense, what a shame!!!!!!I wonder if games like this will affect the fragile nature of our players? Here's to beating the knicks and hoping that Joel sees minutes at the end of the game!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Trai Blogging Blazer Fan... and Critic said...

I am lost for words on how the Blazers just blew an 14 point lead to Lebron James (oh yea, and the Cavs too)... The only thing I am thinking right now is why wasn't Joel Pryzbilla in the game on the final play on defense?? Remember those 2 separate block shots he had on Lebron alone??? Nate... Explain yourself???

Also, Martell Webster was playing some major crunch time 4th quarter minutes and to my memory, didn't so a thing in the quarter... He finished with 30 minutes, 3-9 shooting, 2 rebounds, and 0 assists... Why was he playing in the 4th when he hasn't had an okay game since Jan. 9th vs. the Warriors... that's 3 weeks!! Nate... explain yourself???

10:28 PM  
Blogger OUTLAW FAN25 said...

watching the game tonight i learned about this trade rumor finally and i would no doubt like to have devin harris run the ponit for this team but i am not willing to give up TRAVIS OUTLAW he is coming into his own and he will only get better and maybe we could give TAUREN GREEN a chance he did lead the gators to back to back championships! just a thought

11:10 PM  
Blogger GiangioTheGlide said...

What anger! I woke up at 4.00 am to see this game. It will be for the next ...Bo Blazers

2:59 AM  
Blogger R said...

Agree.Poor coaching, even poorer offensive executions down the stretch.Maybe we can take the loss and learn from it to be a better team.

12:40 PM  
Blogger jah said...

I agree one hundred percent. I have witnessed countless times this year when we were in the game with Joel in and not without him. It’s obvious in these games that Joel could turn the game around but Nate won’t go back with him. Come on coach have some faith in him especially down the stretch.

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4.9 seconds left
posted: at 8:33 PM

Under 5 seconds remaining and the Trail Blazers lead 83-82. The Cavaliers have the ball and will look to get LeBron open for the last shot. Who will step up to stop the Cavaliers and win the game?


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Crunch time
posted: at 8:30 PM

The Trail Blazers lead 83-82 with 1:14 remaining. Damon Jones missed a three and the ball went out of bounds, so the Trail Blazers have possession.


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LeBron is getting mad
posted: at 8:26 PM

LeBron has been frustrated most of the game. But he has started to come alive here in the fourth. He's hit two three-pointers in the last few minutes and has cut the Trail Blazer lead to just three points.

UPDATE: LeBron hit another three from the wing to tie the game, but Outlaw hit a jumper on the Trail Blazers' next trip down.


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Team defense wins games
posted: at 8:23 PM

LeBron tried to post-up B-Roy, but Joel came over the top and swatted LeBron's shot.

The Trail Blazers lead 81-75 with 3:05 to play.


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Owning the fourth
posted: at 8:19 PM

Brandon Roy loves the fourth quarter. Roy is playing tough defense on LeBron James and just hit a jumper right over Drew Gooden. The Trail Blazers lead 79-70 with 4:51 remaining.


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Staying solid
posted: at 8:08 PM

The Trail Blazers have maintained their edge, leading 76-68 with 6:57 to play.

LeBron was wincing and clutching his left hand after colliding with Sergio Rodriguez. LeBron leads all players with 24 points and 14 rebounds, but he can't seem to get his team the lead.

That's good news for all you Trail Blazer fans.


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Another quick start
posted: at 8:04 PM

The Trail Blazers have started the fourth quarter well, as they now lead 74-64.

Joel has a tip-dunk and rejected LeBron. He now has eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks.


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End of the third
posted: at 7:58 PM

The Trail Blazers lead 68-62 as we head into the fourth quarter. The Portland lead reached 14 points during the third, but the Cavaliers were able to reach a tie for the quarter.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy lead the Trail Blazers with 14 points each. Roy leads all players with six assists. Steve Blake is the other Trail Blazer in double-figures with 10 points.

LeBron James is filling the stat sheet tonight. James has 20 points and 11 rebounds, leading all players.

The Trail Blazers are struggling with their shooting, hitting just 35% of their attempts. But free throws have replaced field goals, as Portland has hit 19-of-23 from the stripe.


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Frustrated LeBron
posted: at 7:50 PM

Travis took LeBron 1-on-1 and drew the foul. LeBron was upset at the call and is visibly frustrated. The Trail Blazers now lead 68-61 in the closing moments of the third quarter.


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B-Roy to LA
posted: at 7:46 PM

Brandon found LaMarcus inside, who pump-faked two Cavaliers before laying it in. The Trail Blazers lead 66-52 behind 14 points each from Roy and Aldridge.


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Crazy play
posted: at 7:39 PM

Blake hit Martell on a long pass ahead on the fast break. Martell fumbled the pass and LeBron tried to save it before it went out of bounds. The ball bounced in the air near the rim and Brandon jumped up, grabbed the ball and laid it in before he hit the ground. The Trail Blazers now lead 62-52.


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B-Roy no-lookin'
posted: at 7:35 PM

Roy took his man (and two others) baseline past the basket and dropped a no-look pass to Joel at the basket. Joel was fouled and hit his two free throws.

Update: LaMarcus hit a jumper and the Trail Blazers lead 57-46. LaMarcus and Brandon each have 12 points.


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Good start to the third
posted: at 7:21 PM

The Trail Blazers have gotten the ball to LaMarcus on the first two possessions of the half. First, he missed a jumper which was put back by Joel. Second, he hit a shot right over Ilgauskas. The Trail Blazers are now up 52-44.


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End of the first half
posted: at 7:12 PM

It's the end of the half and the Trail Blazers lead 48-42 over the Cavaliers.

Brandon Roy leads the Trail Blazers with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. LaMarcus Aldridge has eight points, and Channing Frye and Martell Webster each have seven.

LeBron James leads all players with 13 points and nine rebounds, but he has been forced into four turnovers.

The Trail Blazers are 14 for 15 from the free throw line. They have turned the ball over just three times.

The Cavaliers lead 12-2 in fast break points, but have turned the ball over nine times.


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Channing draws the charge
posted: at 7:05 PM

Channing stepped in perfectly and drew the charge on a driving LeBron. Cavs coach Mike Brown was really upset and picked up a technical. The Trail Blazers lead 48-38 with under a minute remaining in the half.


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Stats update
posted: at 7:01 PM

The Trail Blazer have turned the ball over just twice, while they've forced the the Cavaliers into eight turnovers.

The Trail Blazers are winning the battle on the offensive boards 8-2, which has led to a 7-2 advantage on second-chance points.

The score is now 44-37 with 2:53 remaining in the first half. Let's see if the Trail Blazers can increase that lead before halftime.


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Talkin bout a Roy-volution
posted: at 6:53 PM

B-Roy has turned it on, scoring two straight baskets. He has 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

A Channing Frye three-point play makes the score 42-36 Trail Blazers lead.


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A Cleveland Comeback
posted: at 6:46 PM

The Trail Blazers lead is at just two points now, as the Cavaliers have scored the last seven points. The Trail Blazers have a great chance to open up a big lead, as LeBron has checked out and Roy and LaMarcus are back in.


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To all you Trail Blazer fans
posted: at 6:41 PM

Hey guys. Your Trail Blazers are playing great so far, up 33-24 right now over LeBron's Cavs. Let me know what you're thinking and what you want to know.


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End of the first quarter
posted: at 6:37 PM

The Trail Blazers were down 10-2. They are now up 29-20. 8 points from LaMarcus and seven from Martell made it a great turnaround. The Trail Blazers haven't turned the ball over yet and have eight assists on 10 field goals. LeBron leads the Cavs with eight points and six rebounds.


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Time for the White Team
posted: at 6:32 PM

Sergio, Jarrett, Travis and Channing have all checked in. Jack's two free throws have stretched the Trail Blazer lead to 12 points.


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How we roll...
posted: at 6:28 PM

LaMarcus took Big Z inside an converted a three-point play. Steve Blake hit a three from the wing. B-Roy shook LeBron and hit a jumper. The Trail Blazers are winning 24-15. I don't need to say anything else.


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Tide is turning
posted: at 6:24 PM

LeBron may have two spectacular dunks already, but the Trail Blazers have seized the momentum. A huge finish by Martell on a fast-break cut the Cavs lead to two, and a Steve Blake jumper from the corner tied the game at 13-13.

Update: A three by Martell has given the Trail Blazers a 16-13 lead! Cavs coach Mike Brown was forced to call a timeout because the Trail Blazers are on a 14-3 run!


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Aggressive play
posted: at 6:19 PM

The Trail Blazers got a spark after the timeout. Apparently Nate said something motivating. Portland has cut the Cavaliers' lead to four points after a great three-point play by B-Roy.


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Tough start
posted: at 6:14 PM

The Trail Blazers have struggled in the opening minutes. They've hit just 1-of-10 shots and are down 10-2. LeBron leads the Cavs with four points, including a huge alley-oop from Larry Hughes.

Let's hope the Trail Blazers can turn it around to avoid digging too deep a hole...


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Roy vs. James
posted: at 6:06 PM

Brandon Roy guarded LeBron James on the first possession. It's going to be interesting to see who matches up with LBJ tonight.


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Starting lineups
posted: at 5:59 PM

Tip-off is just around the corner.

The Trail Blazers will start Joel Przybilla, LaMarcus Aldridge, Martell Webster, Steve Blake and Brandon Roy.

The Cavaliers will start Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, Ira Newble and LeBron James.


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King James or Roy-alty?
posted: at 5:22 PM

It should be a huge turnout tonight here at the Rose Garden. LeBron James and the red-hot Cavaliers are in town to take on your Trail Blazers.

B-Roi took over the 4th quarter on Sunday in the great comeback win over the Hawks, but hopefully a comeback won't be necessary tonight.

In this match-up with LeBron, Roy will be making a big push for an All-Star reserve spot. LeBron may average nearly 30 points per game, but B-Roy has been known to come up big here in the Rose Garden.

The Cavs are missing two of their key players. Sasha Pavlovic and Anderson Varejao are both out for the next few weeks. Pavlovic had been starting at shooting guard and Varejao was the sixth man. Both are known for their defense and hustle, so hopefully the Trail Blazers can take advantage.

And to all of you out there reading, I'm your eyes and ears - let me know what you want to know.

Let's go Blazers (clap, clap, clap-clap-clap)...


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