Monday, December 05, 2005

Jagged Little Patterson

It seems as though the Blazers used up all of their juice in the first home games of the season, as they are now in a four game losing streak, the last two losses coming at home. A Darius Miles-less squad lost to the Jazz last night 98-93. Wins this year are going to be few and far between, so its games against average competition that the Blazers really need to grab. Last night was one of those games, but alas, it wasn't to be. Aside from Darius being unavailable, there were a few other story lines, one being Martell Webster's first start on his 19th birthday, and the return of Ruben Patterson. Ruben played well, scoring 19, and promised to keep his yap shut. With Darius' knee swelling like a rotting corpse, Ruben is probably going to get his wish of at least 25 minutes a night. What puzzles me is that you would expect Travis Outlaw to get more minutes with Miles out, but Trav only had 5 minutes last night. I guess the trade off is that proud new father (and The Cut's favorite Blazer by the way) Viktor Khryapa logged 18 minutes, scored 9 points on 4-4 shooting, grabbed 3 rebounds and had an assist. Long live Vladimir Khryapa, long live Glasnost! A few things:

  • The Blazers continued their horrible free-throw shooting, going 23-33. That's 69.7% for all of you statisticians out there. If they had shot 87%, they would have won by a point.
  • Both teams had 14 turnovers. The difference: Utah scored 22 points off those turnovers, compared to 14 points for the Blazers.
  • According to the Behind the Blazer Beat blog, Mac-10 had a technical foul, but according to the ESPN.com box score, no technicals were assessed. Could another Jason Quick controversy be in the works?
  • Everybody hates Turks.

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