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Game Thread PLAYOFFS: ROUND 1, GAME 2: PELICANS @ BLAZERS - APRIL 17, 2018, TUESDAY, 7:30 PM (PDT), TNT & NBCSNW

Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by Darkwebs, Apr 15, 2018.

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What/who was the primary reason for Game 1's loss?

Poll closed Sunday at 3:23 AM.
  1. Olshey

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  2. Stotts/Blazers' coaching staff

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  3. Blazers' starters

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  4. Blazers' bench

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  5. Alvin Gentry/Pelican's coaching staff

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  6. Anthony Davis

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  7. Jrue Holiday

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  8. Pelicans' players in general

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  9. Referees

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  10. Portland crowd/fans

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  1. BonesJones

    BonesJones Don't Yell At Me

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    You can actually say that.
     
  2. HCP

    HCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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    2 things.....
    1- I honestly think we can lose the next 2 games and still have a chance to win this series and B- Anybody else a bit concerned that JinxSpeed is the one interacting and being the "voice" of Blazers fans with this guy from NOLA?
     
  3. DDolla

    DDolla Well-Known Member

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    We all know here that if the Blazers don’t get a win in game 2, this series is over. I’m expecting a blow out win by the Blazers.
     
  4. HCP

    HCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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    I think they changed it a few years ago that you need to win FOUR times for a series to be officially over.....standby, I'm going to go check.
     
  5. PHXBlazer1

    PHXBlazer1 Well-Known Member

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    We need to stop Rondo from getting 15+ assists
     
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    So, I'm not sure if you guys talk about it yet, but things coach Stotts said in this interview were just disturbing to me. First there's a q going something like this:

    "25 sec left after timeout and Lillard got the ball. What was the plan?"
    coaches answer: "I wanted to get the ball in his hands.... Going for a quick two, quick score, whatever he can create."

    Whatever he can create? I'm not expert, but really, that's the plan for last 25 sec in playoff game?

    And second question was about Nurk not getting enough shots and if this will change in second game. Stotts said "that's kind on him. He's got the decision to make.." And it was something like: If he can somehow get to the ball, he can shoot.

    I must say that both statements are shocking for me. Can we win a playoff series with kind of "So, here is the ball, you guys do something, lets go!" coach attitude?
     
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  7. stampedehero

    stampedehero Play On>>>/ SRV

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  8. stampedehero

    stampedehero Play On>>>/ SRV

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    camera-guy.gif camera-guy.gif camera-guy.gif camera-guy.gif They fuckin LOST!!!!!
     
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    stampedehero Play On>>>/ SRV

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    >You and I can coach for 50 grand less. I always said that the coaches' job is finding the best advantages on matchups, understanding and utilizing your player's skills, insert the best players in a critical situation and actually creating a plan to win a game. Coaching is a management job in the NBA because you should not have to teach a player how to play ball.
     
  10. UKRAINEFAN

    UKRAINEFAN Well-Known Member

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    That is Stotts' plan for the last 24 seconds of every quarter of every game.
     
  11. Jade Falcon

    Jade Falcon Just to piss you off.

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    I've been getting that feeling as well. Been going on all season: the "here, you take it, no here, you take it" way that we play basketball is pathetic. We have nothing but the PnR. If it wasn't for that with Nurk, we'd be a 30 win team.

    I didn't watch that press conference. I don't need him to tell me the obvious. But if he honestly said what you said he did, then that tells me that he may have already been fired, and that he's just going through the motions.
     
  12. yuyuza1

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    You guys buy this? I don't have the stomach to rewatch that game to confirm.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-40019426-4
     
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  13. Chris Craig

    Chris Craig So what am I, the button pusher?

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    I know you are playing until someone wins 4 but if we dropped two games at home we really would have a mountain to climb in the upcoming games in New Orleans. We must win this one to tie the series as this will take some pressure off when we head over there (we would essentially need to win 1 of 2 to reclaim the homecourt advantage).
     
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    If you consider shots by Aminu and Turner to be "good shots", then sure - I might buy it. And yeah, Dame would normally make a higher percentage of those shots. From a statistical POV we way underperformed. But no - regardless of whether the shots were open, or even who was taking the shots, it was clear we had NO CLUE as to what we wanted to do offensively. Everything we did was a mess - even when it resulted in an open jumper. We stumbled into those jumpers because every "play" (I use that term very loosely) was broken.

    There is no playbook, there is no game plan, there is only "FLOW". It's the laziest, most elementary form of basketball ever played in the NBA, and only kinda works because Dame is such a damned good player, and he has a small handful of very capable players around him.

    Game 1 perfectly encapsulated our entire season:
    • Poor start
    • Poor middle
    • Win Streak / Come-back
    • Poor end
    If it weren't for the Win Streak / Come-back both the season and the game would have been full-on disasters. And neither the Win Streak nor the Come-back where due to coaching. The win streak, much like the one in the McMillan/Roy era, was just a team getting hot - Dame and CJ were shooting unbelievable percentages, and the team clicked. The come-back in G1 was purely the result of hustle on defense that resulted into easy points on offense. In neither scenario did Terry make an adjustment and design the outcome.

    It's unfortunate that the Win Streak and Come-back obfuscate just how bad we are - for too many people they just see the W/L record and the final score and think "3rd seed!" or "close loss!", but while that's certainly the reality we're living in, it doesn't reflect the whole truth.
     
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    I'm guessing Dame won't shoot 2/14 from 2 point land again at least
     
  17. kjironman1

    kjironman1 Back from 0-2!

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    This is just such a pessimistic view i don't know where to start. Ridiculous. Absolutely no credit given to anyone in the entire franchise other than Dame.

    Not even going to approach the season and win streak but i will address the game.
    I actually sat and watched the game again last night. Not only did Stotts make multiple adjustments during that game but he kept working until he found something that did work. Then he made Gentry adjust to him. The Pels could not answer. Stotts actually out coached Gentry but some shots didn't fall. It's as simple as that. The craziest part is you totally contradict yourself in this post. You address the shots "Being Open" but then say they "Had no clue what they wanted to do". What they want to do is get open shots. Of which there were plenty. You are on total meltdown at this point. Better check yourself. If Dame and Cj just hit a couple more shots not to mention everyone else that game is a win going away. I'm not even saying they shoot average. If the team shoots 40% that game isn't a contest. Sorry to burst the negative bubble.
     
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    You're really gonna make me rewatch this, aren't you?

    Doris on ESPN kept mentioning how exhausted AD and Mirotic were in the fourth quarter. Maybe we'll wear them out with our off ball motion and constant cutting. What pisses me off is that the movement never actually leads to direct passes for easier shots. Seems like motion just to run around.

    But that's besides the point. It's no coincidence that guys like CJ/Dame/Moe/and in the past Mo Will and Nico were among league leaders in miles traveled during the game.
     
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    Hoping for Playoff Dame to show up in game 2
     
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    Exactly - the ball rarely changes position on the floor. It just moves in a small arc outside the 3-point line between 4:00 and 8:00 (if the top of the arc is 6:00). Then sometimes someone will dribble towards the hoop - rarely does the ball get passed towards the hoop. Occasionally we'll hit Nurk/Turner in the post.
     
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