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Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder

Posted on: November 5, 2010 4:25 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:31 pm
The Portland Trail Blazers lost two players for the season on Thursday, and lost to their major rival, the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Thursday night. kevin-durantPosted by Ben Golliver The Portland Trail Blazers know a thing or two about bad days, especially after last season, when they suffered through some shell-shocking 24-hour periods. Greg Oden writhing in pain on the floor, his knee completely out of place. Joel Pryzbilla, injuring his knee on the court and then again at home in his shower a few months later, sitting on the bathroom floor, tears flowing as he realized what he had done. Draft night: firing a popular general manager out of nowhere, trading a popular player and leaving its fanbase in a state of shock. Thursday ranks right up there with any of them, though. In less than 10 hours, the Blazers: 1) lost first-round draft pick Elliot Williams for the season due to a knee injury, 2) lost center Fabricio Oberto to retirement due to a re-occurring heart problem 3) lost guard Rudy Fernandez for an indefinite time period (not expected to be too long) to a minor back injury and 4) lost at home in overtime to their chief rival, the Oklahoma City Thunder, after blowing a 13-point lead on national television. "Thank goodness it's over," said Blazers coach Nate McMillan after the game. "It's shocking some of the things that happened, but you have to move on." Even though the back half of their roster was seemingly melting away before their eyes, the Blazers came out relatively poised against the Thunder, dumping in 64.3% of their first half shots and scoring easily time after time. Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was a major recipient, finishing a number of alley oops at the rim, without a Thunder defender in sight.  Battling back from down double digits, the Thunder tightened up big time in the second half, limiting the Blazers to just 19 fourth-quarter points and, even more remarkably, holding the Blazers scoreless through the first 4:19 of overtime. Oklahoma City all star Kevin Durant switched onto Blazers all star Brandon Roy down the stretch. Roy finished with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists on the night, but he shot just 6-17 from the field and was 0-4 from the field in the fourth quarter and overtime. One of the misses was a potential game-winner in the final seconds of regulation, with Durant waving at his look. "They definitely keyed on some of the spots that I like to get the ball," Roy said. "So I think because of that we went other places and we just looked a little confused there. We've got to get better down the stretch. We've got to figure that out." Durant, meanwhile, was steely-faced before the game and animated throughout, looking to make up for a 6-24 shooting night in an ugly blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. He did so in a big way Thursday, out-dueling Roy by putting up 28 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots. "We needed that a lot, man," Durant said. "It's kind of like a monkey off of our backs once the buzzer ended. It's a good win for us but we've got to move on." As for the Blazers, the injury monkey remains on their backs, and it only seems to increase in size. Portland played just eight players on Thursday due to all the injuries, and the team plans to bring in five free agent big men for a look, as first reported on "We'll be looking at guys," McMillan said after the game. "We certainly are looking at bringing somebody in." Portland needs the interior help if they are to keep pace with the Thunder (and the Jazz, and the Nuggets) for the Northwest Division crown. Make no mistake, that's still the goal for the Blazers, who remain in first place in the Northwest at 4-2, despite a Thursday they won't soon forget. 

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 5:04 pm

Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder

from rapsftw:  Sorry, i didnt know the regular season meant so much. portland hasnt even been able to play the lakers in the playoffs cuz they dont get out of the first round


Okay, well then go back to your original comments and tell me what you were referring to.  Can I deduce from this statement that you were unaware portland hadn't played you in the playoffs the past 2 years?

Understand, I'm not putting any friggen importance on anything.  I'm merely refuting what you said... I want to know who's been saying that to you and when they said it.  You're speaking in generalities and I for one am not crying about losing to the Lakers. 

You and the jerkoff defending you seem to think Portland fans are crying about how the blazers suck so much more than the lakers and how they seem to be crying because we're never healthy and can't beat 'em? 

Then your boyfriend goes and shoots off his mouth about some crap from years ago?  I mean what the hell... is this the length's you guys go to push someone's buttons?  Jesus.  We're talking in response to an article about the blazers recent misfortunes due to injury.  Then you brainiacs turn it into some debate about how great ur friggen faggotty lakers are. 

Is this how it is with you guys?  Everything's about how great the lakers are and how you have to do your best to make everyone else feel inferior?

I got two words for that:  who gives a flying FvCk

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:59 pm

Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder

let's see topofDline, I don't know why you're ripping on me and defending the dude I was replying to.  He said all he ever hears is blazer fans whine about why they can't beat the lakers, specifically that portland would beat them when they're at full strength... when they get everyone healthy.

Thus he's basically talking about the last couple seasons because that's when Portland's been hurt.

And that's what I replied to.

So contrary to your ranting BS, YOUR comments are long-winded and worthless because you're not even talking about the same damned thing.  Get your head halfway out of your anus and join the current conversation.

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2010 3:30 pm

Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder

Sorry, i didnt know the regular season meant so much. portland hasnt even been able to play the lakers in the playoffs cuz they dont get out of the first round

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2010 6:29 pm

Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder


Your comment was long-winded and worthless, the fact is the Blazers have not beating the Lakers in the playoff since......1992.  We all know that the Lakers cruise through the regular season and turn it up another level during the playoffs.  Also, guess which team has the most wins (5) against the Lakers at the Staples Center since 2004?  The Memphis Grizzlies!  There's a bunch of Grizzlies' fans also claiming they can beat the Lakers.  Since 1992 the Lakers and Trailblazers have met five (5) times during the post-season with Lakers winning all five:

2) In 2008-2009, Portland made the playoffs for the first time since 2003... they didn't play the Lakers, they played Houston

I know because from 1997-2002 the Lakers owned Portland, it seemed like every year they beat them!  What about the conference Finals in 2000?  Remember Portland leading by 15 only to have the Lakers come storming back.  How about when Kobe hit Shaq with THAT pass, Shaq also hit 8-12 free throws.  Do you remember that?

2002—lost to LA Lakers, 3-0, first round

2001—lost to LA Lakers, 3-0, first round

2000—conference semifinals lost to LA Lakers, 4-3, conference finals 

1998—lost to LA Lakers, 3-1, first round

1997—lost to LA Lakers, 3-1, first round

Since: Oct 4, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2010 5:56 pm

Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder

Do you mean "how many championships DO the Blazers have compared to the Lakers?"My 1st ? to you is...what the freak does that have to do with this article? My next ? is "are you as clueless as you seem?"

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2010 5:34 pm

Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder

And in the past 5 years how many championships to the Blazers have compared to the Lakers?

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2010 1:14 pm

Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder

The worst part about this article is that there's no mention of Maurice Lucas, even though yesterday was the memorial service for him.  Fans and teammates are grieving.  I thought it'd be all the more reason for the players to be focused and win for him, but I have to believe heavy hearts could have partially drained the team.

As far as rapsftw's comments, I don't know who's saying that, but it sounds like BS to me and this is why:

1) Portland is 4-3 against the Lakers in the past 2 seasons
2) In 2008-2009, Portland made the playoffs for the first time since 2003... they didn't play the Lakers, they played Houston
3) In that same year, Portland split the season series with the Lakers, and they were healthy when they faced them in April of that year
4) In the 2009-2010 playoffs, Portland played (and lost to) the Suns
5) During that season, Portland was 2-1 against the Lakers, including a 91-88 win on April 11th in which Oden and Przybilla were out, but Camby, Roy, Webster, and most everyone else were healthy.
6) Beating the Lakers is not Portland's #1 priority.  Focusing on each game, making the playoffs, and trying to advance are Portland's primary objectives. 

I also thought I recall the Blazer announcer last year saying that Portland in fact has owned the Lakers in recent years in the Rose Garden, having won every matchup going back like 5 years.  Knowing that, if I were to go back and check out all the games Portland's played against the Lakers (home and away) over the past 5 years, I'd have to say Portland probably is ahead in the series during that time frame.  And since we're really only talking about the past year or two when Portland has been decimated wtih injuries and still beat the Fakers, I'd have to conclude that you just made up your comments, and in fact there aren't a bunch of Blazer fans saying when we're healthy, we can beat the Lakers ... because healthy or not Portland HAS been beating the Lakers.

So go makeup up some comments about someone else.

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:44 am

Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder

Most common statement i ever hear from blazers fans:
"When our team is back to full strength, we can beat the Lakers"
"When all our guys come back from injuries, we're the team to beat in the west"

The Blazers are never going to be a factor because they literally can never be 100% healthy.
When you lose like 30 centers to injury in 2 years you can never have very optimistic thoughts

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