Monday, December 12, 2005

Sky Rockets In Flight

First, the good news: The Blazers broke their 6 game losing streak with a 95-98 overtime home win over the homeless New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Once again, the Blazers failed to score 100 points, in an overtime game no less, but a win is a win. And boy did this team need a win. It was a game in which a lineup of rag-tag basketball misfits consisting of Martell Webster, "A Million To" Juan Dixon, Steve 'The Snowflake" Blake, Viktor Khyrapa, and Joel Pryzbilla played extended minutes in the 4th and overtime quarters, and subsequently stopped the proverbial bleeding of this young, often perplexing squad, if only for about 48 hours.

Which brings us to the bad news: The Blazers were unable to start a winning streak last night, losing to Tracy (which is a girl's name) McGrady and the Houston Rockets 100-86 last night at the Garden. Once again, the Blazers were close at half time, only trailing by 5 going into the locker room. Unfortunately, whatever words of inspiration and motivation Nate conjured up must have fallen on deaf ears, as Houston went on to outscore the Blazers in the second half 53-44, many of those 44 coming in garbage time in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. Zach continued to struggle, going 6 for 22 in route to a 15 point, 13 rebound effort that could be considered pedestrian at best. I think it's safe to say that Z-Dough is broken right now, and with no legit option at back-up PF, things are only going to get worse. The Blazers also continued their tear of horrible free throw shooting, going 58.9% from the not-so-charitable stripe. Seriously, you could pick out guys in a decent city league that would shoot at least 70% from the line. Help me Rick Barry!

In the moral victory of the night, Pryzbilla and Ha "The Seoul Man" Seung-Jin held Yao to 9 points and 5 rebounds. Ha also made 100% of his free-throws! Someone's angling for team captain.


At 11:58 AM, Blogger Jason Fulgham said...

My god man, all we need the Ha to step it up. Come the 15th we really need to start looking for a backup "4". Does Nate have these guys practice free-throw shooting? I am actually wondering when the backcourt of Dixon and Blake will get the start, they could probably do more than our current starters.

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Lance Uppercut said...

With all the problems that this team has, you think they would focus on the things that are the easiest to fix, like free-throw shooting. Anyone who has been a Blazer fan for an extened period of time will tell you that free-throws have always been an issue. Maybe the Rose Garden/Memorial were built on an Indian burial ground or something. As far as Juan and Blake go, I'd still rather see both of them come off the bench. Juan is still a chucker and I'd like to see Jack get a little more PT in the place of Blake. Then again, with no inside game, Nate might as well put in the guys who can shoot the 3 the best. That's Juan and Steve. BTW, cool animated logo. I'm hypnotized.


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