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He included the link...
Im at work. I try to avoid links at work.
The Dallas Mavericks (12-10) make a dominant start against the Portland Trail Blazers (13-12). Although Dallas must tremble towards the end of the game, but also thanks to the strong bank to Maxi Kleber, the Mavs finally secure the 111:02 success (BOXSCORE)
After Lukas Doncic (hip) and Maxi Kleber (knee) had to pass due to minor injuries in the recent victory against the Clippers, both were back against Portland.
As expected, Doncic was right in the starting five and returned after about six minutes with a freezing threesome. His team-mates started with a hot knack of Downtown in the game, in the first quarter alone Dallas pounded the guests 5 threesomes (in 9 attempts) around the ears.
Although the Trail Blazers initially kept up well, but after the Mavs ended the round with a 17: 3 run, the home side had dropped significantly to 34:20. And in the second section, it was also excellent from Mavs point of view.
Kleber put the exclamation point on a 6-0 run with a nice jump-hook, with which the Mavs extended their lead up to 17 points. Although Portland started small runs every now and then, Dallas quickly found a suitable answer every time. So it was finally with 60:45 for the home side in the half-time break.
After the break, however, the Mavericks were always good opportunities to continue to settle. Instead, they took their foot off the gas, which soon avenged. Slowly but surely Damian Lillard turned on the other side.
After a weak first half, in which he fitted, inter alia, a wide-open Dunk to the ring, led the 28-year-old his team with 15 points in the third section back in strike distance. In the meantime, the Trail Blazers had even reduced the gap to 8 points.
But then the bank brought the Mavs back on track. First Dwight Powell sank two straight three times in a row from exactly the same spot, then Kleber brought his team with a crashing putback dunk with 87:73 in front. With this score, it finally went into the final quarter.
There, J.J. Barea and co. Continued the run, at the end of a quarter-round 10-0 run Dallas had a 19-point lead on the credit side. Even then, Kleber and Co. continued to put pressure. Among other things, the German convinced with a spectacular alley oop and a block on the other side of the court.
But that should not be it by a long shot. When the starters of both teams came back on the podium, Portland launched the next comeback attempt. Again it was Lillard (33 points and 8 assists) who led his team with numerous strong actions.
First, Portland shortened with a 7-0 run to 7 points, about a minute and a half before the siren caused Lillard with a tip-in even for the 99: 105 from Portland point of view. But on the other side, Doncic had the right answer ready. By step-back-threesome he brought the Mavs back up to 9 points.
Shortly thereafter, Dennis Smith Jr. (11 and 9) set the Dagger after a perfectly played, long Outlet pass from Doncic - 110: 99 and thus victory for Dallas! The Slovene was not only there in the final minute, but also the top scorer of his team.
The No.3 pick scored 21 points and grabbed an additional 9 rebounds. Meanwhile, Wesley Matthes scored 17 points, DeAndre Jordan made a strong double-double (12 points, 17 rebounds) and Kleber finished the game with 8 points, 5 rebounds (4 on the offensive board), 3 steals, 2 assists and one Block.
Thus Dallas secured the ninth victory from the past eleven games, so the soaring of the Mavs continued. Quite different, however, was the mood of the Trail Blazers. Despite the strong performance of Lillard, the guests had to accept the sixth loss from the past seven games.
The most important statistics:
The Mavs started extremely hot from Downtown, but then cooled down a bit during the game. Dallas sank 11 out of 30 threes (36.7 percent) and had a small advantage over Portland. For the guests, it was rather modest from a distance (7/24, 29.2 percent). Another advantage for Dallas was the rebounding. The Mavs dominated the boards both offensively and defensively. While DeAndre Jordan and Co. had to give off only one offensive rebound at half-time, Dallas on the other hand collected strong 8 boards. At the second-chance-points it was at halftime accordingly 8-0 for the Mavericks. In the end, Dallas had 15 offensive rebounds (POR: 11). At the start of the season, the Bank of the Trail Blazers was still one of the team's great assets, but during the current low also the production of the reservists decreased. In contrast to the bank of the Mavs, led by Barea and Kleber again delivered a strong performance that evening. The reserve duel went to Dallas at 38:25. Just towards the end of the third quarter, when Dallas relinquished again, Portland had far too many ball losses. Altogether the Trail Blazers had 19 turnovers in the boxscore at the end of the evening, while Dallas was very good at the Spalding eight (13 TO).
The star of the match:
The bank of the Mavs. The lineup of Barea, Kleber and Powell did a great job from the bank. This was mainly due to the unremitting use of the reservists on the floor - both in the defense and on the other side of the court in the form of some important offensive rebounds.
The flop of the game:
Jusuf Nurkic. Of the three-headed Monster of the Trail Blazers was relatively little to see this evening. Next to Lillard and C.J. McCollum, who still contributed 18 counters, disappointed Nurkic, who could set off offensive no accents and defensive one after another was taken by surprise. In addition, he also had 6 fouls.
Coaching Move the game:
It was a bit difficult to understand why Mavs coach Rick Carlisle sent his starters back to the floor about 7 minutes before the end of the session, after the reservists had once again given the team a big lead. The starters, on the other hand, did not score much offensively. The strong ball movement over long stretches of the game came to a standstill in many sequences in the Crunch Time, causing Dallas to miss a few good throws. So the home side had to tremble again for the victory.
We are 13-11, not 13-12. Yet.
Yes. My bad
From German nba Page:
NBA Game Review: Rockets Bank Ends Breaking Series Against Blazers
After three defeats in a row, the Houston Rockets (12-14) have won again. Against the Portland Trail Blazers (15-12) it was above all the bank of the hosts, which against Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum and Co. made the difference. The Rockets won thanks to a strong second half at the end with 111: 104.
After three consecutive defeats, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni responded by making a change in his starting five. Eric Gordon slipped into the team for James Ennis as the Oregon guests relied on the familiar staff. Portland started a little drowsily, but made the better impression in the first minutes, because Damian Lillard and also C.J. McCollum (together 20 points in the first quarter) had quickly found their touch, a 19:10 lead for the guests in the middle of the quarter was the result.
By contrast, the Rockets looked just as bad as in previous weeks. James Harden struggled with his throw, defensive on his own board was not packed and also otherwise the Blazers came too often too close to the basket. In the meantime, the gap grew to 15 points, but the reservists Portland did not succeed. Thanks to a 15-2 run, the Rockets were back on two points after 12 minutes (27:29).
Especially Danuel House and Gerald Green brought the Rockets important relief and so Houston had turned the game, although Harden and CP3 (together 3/12 FG) until then did not succeed. But now thawed Gordon with some drives on, otherwise dominated now on both sides of the defensive, points were now fiercely contested. An And-One from Jusuf Nurkic, a real Hustle Play, was the final half of the first half, with the Blazers taking a 54-51 lead into the cabin.
James Harden turns up after the break:
Even after the break, the trend continued. It developed a balanced game in which now the stars were in the foreground. McCollum and Lillard repeatedly scored against the Rockets-Bigs, on the other hand took over more and more of the MVP. The booked 15 counter in the section and gave himself a nice shootout with lady who caught fire at the same time. Nevertheless, the Rockets had now upper water, because again the reservists with a lot of passion attracted the audience on their side (84:81).
The Rockets also put in a 7-0 run, the highest Houston lead of the evening was perfect. And at this rate it went on. Paul served Clint Capela on praise, Danuel House put down the drive, the Blazers needed a break after this 20: 3 run (95:81). But Portland had not yet beaten, the Guard duo brought the Blazers back on 7 counter, also fouled Capela prematurely. However, the guests could not get closer than five points, the Rockets Pleiten series was over.
Top scorer of the Rockets course was Harden, who posted 19 of his 29 counters (10/21 FG) after the change. CP3 (11, 2/10 FG, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) had little luck with his throw, but he was always good at second unit. There produced mainly House (12) and Green (13), while Isiaiah Hartenstein was not used. For Portland scored only Lillard (34, 12/25 FG), McCollum (22, 10/21 FG), Nurkic (15, 10 rebounds) and Aminu (10, 15 boards) double digits.
The most important statistics
Houston Rockets (12-14) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (15-12) 111: 104 (BOXSCORE)
Rebounding has been one of Rocket's biggest problems in the past few games, and this trend continued for Portland. In the first half alone, the Blazers collected 9 offensive rebounds, a brutal 42 percent of all available boards. In the first quarter alone, the Blazers had already scored 8 Second Chance Points. Houston made it much better after that, with just four more offensive rebounds for Portland.
This advantage, however, the guests made up for by some very unnecessary turnovers. It would also have been good and happy to be more than just 7 TO after 24 minutes. In the end it was 15, the Rockets, however, were just 8.
Somewhat surprising was that it was the bank that brought the Rockets back into the game. Led by CP3, House, Ennis, Gerald Green and Nene excelled. At break this quartet had already scored 19 points, the Rockets managed this season often not even in a complete game. After 48 minutes it was 37 (POR: 13).
Portland is one of the teams that consistently deliver the three-way line and sometimes accept light points on the ring, which was no different this evening. The Rockets only took 29 threes, as few as ever this season. But the hosts also achieved a lot of counters in the zone, namely whopping 64, while Portland only came to 46.
0 attempts from the free throw line after 24 minutes, that is rare with Harden, but Portland succeeded this feat actually. Only after the change, the MVP could pull a few shooting fouls (7 attempts). In general, the Rockets could pull much better fouls after the break, just in the fourth quarter, the Rockets marched repeatedly to the line for light points.
Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers: The voices to the game
Mike D'Antoni (Head Coach Rockets) on Nene: "Today we finally saw old Nene again and I do not mean his age."
Terry Stotts (Head Coach Blazers): "Your bank made the difference today, it's that simple."
The star of the game:
The Bank of the Rockets. It would be unfair to pick a single actor from Houston's bank, as Ennis, Nene, Green and House were too closed. For weeks, the lack of production of the Second Unit was bitching, this time proving the opposite. Green nailed some threes, House attacked fearlessly and Nene played strong defense. These were all the factors that ultimately put the Rockets on the road to victory.
The flop of the game:
Evan Turner. As leader of the bank ET remained almost completely colorless, above all he radiated little danger for the opposing basket. So the Blazers offense looked absolutely terrible in the stages with him in the field. So it was little wonder that the forward also had the worst plus minus of all players on the field (-17).
Coaching Move the game:
The Rockets tried especially at the beginning to trap the dreaded Pick'n'Roll between Lillard and Nurkic, the Bosnians should be forced as Roll Man to make decisions. But the center did a good job and found the free shooters in the corners several times. That's why the Rockets adjusted their scheme a little and tried to defend Lillard more conservative in the episode. The (as well as McCollum) could work against the bigs of the Rockets after the switch but again and again good litters and punished this consistently. However, Lillard hardly tied in his teammates (only 2 assists) and so his breathers made extremely noticeable. As the lady took a seat on the bench, the Rockets decided the game.
I love how you only post these after losses so nobody reads them.
Damn Bones you have no idea what you talking about. The German nba site does not often give a detailed account of Blazer's games, because hardly anyone here is interested in Portland. but the Mavericks and Okc get detailed reports about their Games because of Nowitzki/Kleber and Schröder. The only Blazers games that got a detailed report here this year was the debut of Lebron, the game against Dallas and today against Houston
I appreciated the read
That makes sense. The US is the same with the Bundesliga. Dortumund and Schalke get coverage because high profile Americans play for them. The rest of the league barely gets any coverage unless one of their matches is showcased on television from time to time.
Article about Sabonis on German nba Page: translation is from Google
NBA Legend series: Arvydas Sabonis - Victim, Mystery, Revolucer
Lithuania has always been considered a great basketball nation. The big Soviet teams had mainly players from the Balten state in their squad. From the golden generation of the Baltic even today a name stands out: Arvydas Sabonis. In the 80s he dominated all of Europe, the Cold War kept him prisoner beyond the Iron Curtain. Nonetheless, the versatile center is a pioneer in a new genre in NBA history. Sabonis is 54 years old today.
"Always a bit strange, you never looked cool - a Lithuanian I wanted to be a friend, but unfortunately you came a bit too late - fed like a real big man, right? Arvydas Sabonis! Arvydas Sabonis! 15 points per game, a model for a woman - you laughed last, had a pretty good life, right? Arvydas Sabonis! Come back, we miss you! "
Not too many basketball icons can boast a song that bears its own name. Arvidas Sabonis - that's the title of Margot and the Nucelar So and So's. It is a Lithuanian hymn, a homage to the unforgotten hero of the country.
Presumably, the Indianapolis band's song is limited to the minimalist idiom of emotion because it would not be possible to sing of Sabas' unparalleled abilities and achievements in 3 minutes and 23 seconds. And then you would not have heard a word about his strange, sad and unique way to the NBA.
"I'm no longer a locomotive, just a small baggage car. "Arvydas Sabonis, 1995. Understatement Just do not steal too high expectations, and the center was a big one in Europe when it was launched in Portland, or rather, the biggest.
First Kaunas, then the whole world:
Sabonis was so talented that at the age of 17 he was appointed to the professional team of Zalgiris Kaunas in his hometown. At this time he played basketball for only 48 months. Two years later, the whole world knew him.
At EuroBasket in 1983, he led the USSR bronze medal and impressed players, coaches and experts. Bill Walton, TV analyst at the time, came back frantically from France: "He was 19 years old and played like a 2.21-meter-tall Larry Bird," said Walton: "He ran like the wind, hit threes, dribbled like magic Johnson picked up rebounds like Wilt Chamberlain and blocked off throws like Bill Russell, who had probably already had a quadruple double at half-time in one game, leaving our mouths open and dreaming of kidnapping this Communist prisoner"
That was the big problem. The political climate of the Cold War Sabonis built the way into the NBA. The Soviet Union banned all its basketball players from playing in the United States. Point, off, end of discussion.
With the change of power to Mikhail Gorbachev, the NBA franchises began to hope for the top prize from overseas. The Draft 1985, the Atlanta Hawks dared and pulled Sabas with the 77th pick in the fourth round.
And again there was a problem: The center was not yet 21 years old at that time, so the pick was invalid according to NBA regulations. In 1986, the Trail Blazers attacked. In position 24, they chose Sabonis - who learned this news, however, only some time later from a basketball magazine.
The triumphal procession begins:
The Iron Curtain was not to fall until 1989, so Sabonis had no choice but to continue his triumphant advance in Europe. With Kaunas he brought three USSR titles in series, was heaped with awards. On the gold medal with the Soviet team and the election for MVP at the European Championships in 1985 in Germany was followed by silver '86 in Spain and a place in the All Tounament team.
His masterpiece delivered Sabas at the 1988 Olympics. He dominated the tournament on the boards and won in the semifinals with his team against the favored USA, which were starred with stars such as David Robinson and Mitch Richmond high profile.
In a roundabout way:
In contrast to Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac or compatriot Sarunas Marciulionis Sabonis made after the opening of the border even a stopover in Spain, before he took the plunge across the pond.
His certificate in excerpts: two ACB titles, MVP 94/95, Euroleague triumph and Final Four MVP '95 and the fourth award for Europe's basketball player of the year. His last season on the Iberian Peninsula has not only gone down in history with Real Madrid: 22.9 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.6 steals. In 34 minutes !!
"That's it for me," Sabonis said after the season, "I do not have to prove anything to Europe and the basketball world, the only thing left is the NBA." Finally, nine years after being drafted, it was time for the US. "Portland had called and asked if I wanted to come over," Sabas said years later, "and I knew that if I did not go now, I would never go again."
And again Sabas accompanied a problem. The violent international schedule of the Soviet Union, which wanted to gain reputation in the Cold War, among other things about their sporting achievements, had left its mark.
Even before the draft in 1986, he suffered a Achilles tendon rupture, 1988, the tendon had to be operated on a second time. But Olympia was on and Sabonis was simply not missing. Contrary to the advice of the Portland doctors, who cared for him during his injury, Sabonis was injected at the insistence of the Soviet Union and flew to South Korea. It came, what had to come: Gradually developed Sabas chronic ankle, knee and calf problems - then came even arthritis in the foot. His body was a wreck before arriving in Portland.
When Blazers doctor Don Roberts got to see the medical records of the 31-year-old, he called immediately GM Bob Whitsitt: "Only Sabonis' x-rays would be sufficient to apply for a disabled parking space," said concerned Doc: "His foot looks like this Nasty, it may be that he can not walk, let alone play basketball. " But Whitsitt just replied, "Oh, he can play." Because that was Sabas.
"Every day he played with pain, "said former athletic trainer Jay Jensen:" Except that they varied from day to day. But he's a fighter, an incredible biter. "And the man knows what he's talking about: Just before the crucial Game 3 of the 2000 Western Conference Semifinals, Sabonis broke her ankle and hobbled into the cabin." Suddenly, it cloned, he did grunted once and then he got up and went on the field ", Jensen describes the incredible scene.
Every other player would have expected a weeks break. Not Sabas. As if nothing had happened, he led his Blazers with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the decisive 3: 0 against the Utah Jazz. What a tough dog.
At Rose Garden Sabonis was a crowd pleaser from day one - no wonder in his attitude. But there was something else that made the mystery beyond the Iron Curtain, of which only a handful of scouting tapes had come to the US apart from live images of major international events, especially: It was his way of playing. It was like a revolution.
Not only did he feel as comfortable in his face-up as he did with his back to the basket - no, the 2.21-meter center already had a high-percentage threesome when Dirk Nowitzki still ran the drum around the Christmas tree. And only his passes! Behind the back, behind the head, No look - Sabonis always found a way to make the Anspiel exceptional. He was the first point center in history.
The oldie rocks
The Blazers' risk paid off straightaway, and as a 31-year-old rookie, Sabas posted 14.5 points (38 percent threesomes) and 8.1 rebounds - just to break the playoffs to 23.6 points (56 percent threes) and 10 To boost 2 boards. In the election for the rookie of the year, he finished second behind Damon Stoudamire, even in the voting of the best sixth man, he had to settle for second place (behind Toni Kukoc).
Every year Sabonis reached the playoffs with the Blazers, in 2000 they had a great chance. In the Conference Finals, Portland were already 1-3 down the Lakers led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, but Sabas and Co. fought to a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 7. Then they broke on.
It was the only - and admittedly pretty good - opportunity for Sabonis to crown his unparalleled career with an NBA ring. In the finals waited the weaker rated Indiana Pacers, who sent Shaq and Kobe home 4-2 and secured the title.
In the second attempt:
The first return to Lithuania, with his newly formed national team Sabonis had won during his NBA time still two Olympic bronze medals and world championship silver, failed in 2001 in several injuries - he could not deny a single game for Zalgiris Kaunas. After a last reservist season in Portland, the lap of honor that followed the retirement followed by the home.
With Kaunas Sabas won a final league title and crowned with 39 years (!) Again for Euroleague MVP (16.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 28 minutes). It was the perfect end to Sabonis' long and successful career, which earned him the much-deserved recognition of being inducted into the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The true G.O.A.T.?
Hymns of praise to Arvydas Sabonis are sung not only in Lithuania. And not only from Margot and the Nucelar So and So's - but also from Donnie Nelson, GM of Dallas Mavericks and longtime assistant coach of the Lithuanian national team.
"Arvydas was Dirk Nowitzki, just 2.21 meters," Nelson said, "I do not think there was another player in the story who could do what Sabonis was capable of, he's one of the best ever wore a basketball jersey. "
And with this opinion, Nelson is not alone: "I have played against Sabonis since I was 16 years old," said Detlef Schrempf several years ago in an interview: "If he had previously gone to the NBA, he might be the best player of all Times have become. "
From German nba Page translation is from Google
NBA match report: OT thriller - crazy Doncic threesome is not enough for Mavs victory
The Dallas Mavericks conceded a bitter defeat in the OT against the Portland Trail Blazers. The game seemed to be lost in regular time, but Luka Doncic sent the Mavericks with a crazy threesome in the overtime. Dirk Nowitzki, however, was not used.
Both teams come awake from the cabin and move at the beginning of the game in lockstep. Beneath the Mavericks' basket, Jusuf Nurkic caused quite a stir with some offensive boards. J.J. Barea scored two free throws, the Mavs went with a narrow lead in the break (27:25).
In the second section Maxi Kleber provided some strong scenes, he cleared Evan Turner at the defensive end and scored five points in a row on offense. Nonetheless, the Blazers came into the game better, scoring three straight and leading for the first time, 36:32. Barea was injured for a short while while Portland managed to gain a small lead. Nurkic scored a 10-point lead to break time with a late two-count, 62:52.
In the second half Harrison Barnes took over for the Mavericks, while Luka Doncic had problems with his throw. This, too, was one reason why the Blazers defended their lead. On the hosts side, Damian Lilllard was the main player in this section, scoring 12 points in the third quarter. With 88:80 it went into the final section.
Mavericks: Doncic meets crazy threesome
The Blazers managed to keep the Mavs at bay, but with 4:30 minutes to go, Barnes brought the visitors home with a deep threesome of 100: 95. Wesley Matthews is following another strong triple defense and rejoins the same spot a short time later, leading the Mavs. Portland has problems on offense at this stage, but Mo Harkless scored an open-three from the corner, 103: 102 Blazers.
Doncic and McCollum both hit Midranger before Lillard gave his side a 3-point lead. The Mavericks stayed around 40 seconds on the shotclock. Matthews took a difficult threesome, Airball. The Mavericks missed their last chance. Not with Luka Doncic: After a deliberately discarded freebie by rookie Jalen Brunson, the Mavericks still had a throw-in, with 0.6 seconds on the clock. Doncic was served in the corner of the ball, Bang!
The Blazers started better overtime and quickly earned a 5-point lead, but two dunks of DeAndre Jordan brought the Mavericks back 116: 115. 34.2 seconds before the end, Lillard converted a Leger, the Blazers again led with three points. In the next attack, the Mavericks earned two open threes, but from which two bricks resulted. Lillard secured the Blazers victory on the line.
Best shot at the Mavericks was Barnes with 27 points (11/20 FG), Luka Doncic scored 21 points, 11 boards and 6 assists. DeAndre Jordan put on the usual double-double (14, 10). Maxi Kleber was in the field for around 17 minutes, scoring 5 points, 7 boards and collecting 2 blocks. On the Blazers side, Lillard scored 33 points and 7 assists. Cj McCollum contributed 22 points.
Im sure this reads a bit better in German but its funny that the German site has a better Blazer game recap than most of our local media.
Also thanks for posting these!
I'm glad I missed that "crazy Doncic threesome" during the game. He'd be even better if he wasn't distracted on the court.
Yeah that google translate algorithm is still a WIP.
The Trail Blazers have celebrated four wins from the past five games after their intermittent weakness in early December - thanks in part to Jusuf Nurkic. The Big Man has averaged 22.2 points and 12.5 rebounds in the past six games, beating the Knicks with 20 points and 8 boards in just 19 minutes.
It was not really nice to watch that. Especially the first half, in which no team could settle with more than 8 counters, had little highlights to offer. In the third section, however, Portland took over the book. Damian Lillard scored 11 of his 17 points (plus 9 assists) in this round and the Trail Blazers moved away.
Also C.J. McCollum scored 17 points and Seth Curry (13), Evan Turner (10) and Jake Layman (10 and 10 boards) also performed well. So Portland finally sat down in the middle of the final section to 18 counters, so that the game was decided.
With the Knicks still Enes Kanter was with 18 points and 14 rebounds best man, also Noah Vonleh put on a strong double-double (16 and 14), while Emmanuel Mudiay contributed 17 counters and 7 assists. The now 16th defeat from the last 19 games but could not prevent them.
In Bosnian media there is full of praise for Nurk. Game reports, his dunks, blocks, points, assist all that is included in video content. But last article, above copied link, is about focus on the record - actually there is written that Nurk is writing a history in Portland because last match vs Knicks was his 34th match with 20 + points which is third best result among all time Portland centers. Only two centers are above him Kevin Duckworth with 123 matches with 20 + points and Arvydas Sabonis with 66 matches.
Did you know that?
Did Quick write this? Totally made up and has nothing to do with Nurk. Trash journalism!
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