Game Thread PLAYOFFS: ROUND 1, GAME 4: BLAZERS @ PELICANS - APRIL 21, 2018, SATURDAY, 2:00 PM PDT, TNT & NBCSNW

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If the Blazers are eliminated from the Playoffs, who needs to go?

Poll closed Apr 19, 2019.
  1. Olshey

    55.2%
  2. Stotts

    67.2%
  3. Lillard

    10.4%
  4. McCollum

    46.3%
  5. Meyers

    43.3%
  6. Calabro

    14.9%
  7. Hurd

    11.9%
  8. Nobody

    3.0%
  9. HCP

    44.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Darkwebs

    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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    2017-18 REGULAR SEASON RECORD
    PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
    49 - 33
    (21-20 Road)
    NEW ORLEANSPELICANS

    48 - 34
    (24-17 Home)

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    PROBABLE STARTERS---------


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    DAMIAN LILLARD VS RAJON RONDO

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    C.J. McCOLLUM VS JRUE HOLIDAY

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    EVAN TURNER VS E’TWAUN MOORE

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    AL-FAROUQ AMINU VS NIKOLA MIROTIĆ

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    JUSUF NURKIC VS ANTHONY DAVIS

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    WHEN: 2:00 PM, SATURDAY, 4/21/2018


    WHERE: SMOOTHIE KING CENTER, NEW ORLEANS, LA

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    TV BROADCAST:

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    RADIO BROADCAST:

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    --------------BENCH--------------
    PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
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    NAPIER , BALDWIN IV , CONNAUGHTON
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    LAYMAN , SWANIGAN , COLLINS
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    DAVIS , LEONARD , PAPAGIANNIS

    NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
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    DREW II , CLARK , COOKE
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    CRAWFORD , LIGGINS , HILL
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    MILLER , DIALLO , OKAFOR



    INJURIES

    BLAZERS
    Evan Turner (right toe): QUESTIONABLE
    C.J. Wilcox (G LEAGUE): OUT
    PELICANS

    DeMarcus Cousins (Left Achilles Rupture): OUT
    Alexis Ajinca (Right Knee Injury): OUT
    Frank Jackson (Right Foot Fracture): OUT




    HEAD COACHES
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    TERRY STOTTS --- ALVIN GENTRY




    :reading:PELICANS' OFFICIAL GAME NOTES
    :reading:TRAIL BLAZERS' OFFICIAL GAME NOTES


    PREVIOUS MEETINGS IN THE SERIES
    GAME #1: Loss 97-95



    GAME #2: Loss 111-102


    GAME #3: Loss 119-102



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  2. Darkwebs

    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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    An afternoon game, eh? At least our night won't be ruined if the Blazers lose this game. But it will ruin our day :(
     
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    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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    HCP, tell ya what, if the Blazers lose this game, I'll stop making game threads for the next couple months!
     
  5. ThePosterFormerlyKnownAsTheHCP

    ThePosterFormerlyKnownAsTheHCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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  6. Chris Craig

    Chris Craig Blazersland Staff Member Moderator

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    This is it
     
  7. theprunetang

    theprunetang Project Pat with 20+ mpg

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    Time to get the embarrassment over with.
    #DripCityOutTheyAss
     
  8. SlyPokerDog

    SlyPokerDog Woof! Staff Member Administrator

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    But your Summer League threads are epic.
     
  9. SportsAndWhine

    SportsAndWhine Dumbass For Hire

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  10. Darkwebs

    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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    Well, technically a couple of months would be June, and Summer League starts in July. :grin:
     
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  11. BlazerBeav

    BlazerBeav Well-Known Member

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    This is going to be the most depressing off-season in years.
     
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    Labinot41 Well-Known Member

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    I still like you hcp. You Seem like a funny guy
     
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    Strenuus Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    DAMNIT. I'm missing this game too.

    On the bright side, I've been so much happier this week.
     
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    stampedehero Play On>>>/ SRV

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    stampedehero Play On>>>/ SRV

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    Got to stay away from that and drink every craft beer in Portland instead. IMG_2468.JPG
     
  16. PtldPlatypus

    PtldPlatypus Is this team for real? Staff Member Moderator

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    Tell ya what--if you start a game thread, I will only post in it and not in DW's.
     
  17. yuyuza1

    yuyuza1 Writing Team

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    Why? It could one of the most active. Could be depressing for Dame/Stotts/CJ, but they'll all get over it.

    The playoffs, on the other hand? I ain't watching. Probably.
     
  18. kjironman1

    kjironman1 Talkin Truth! and Pissin People off!

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    Blazers vs Pelicans Game 4

    Okay we all know where this is going. But i personally want my Blazers to win game four. I am of the opinion that there is some adjustments that can be made but they are fairly drastic. I also feel that the Blazers can have a good shooting night and beat this club. In order for that to happen there has to be a dominating performance by CJ, Harkless and Aminu. The Blazers do have the defense to cover this team. But they don't have the defense to cover this team when Lillard and CJ combine for 12 turnovers that lead to fast break points as the Pels logged a staggering 16 steals in game four. When the Blazers score the defense gets back and they have good success guarding this team. I also have to believe there is no way Mirotic will shoot 75% from the field again. and 66% from three. This guy has been absolutely lights out. I am looking at team totals and when it comes down to the Pels total scoring the Blazers need to look into getting tougher on defense. It's time to rock the boat a bit. Very tentative at best as the averages are showing the Pelicans don't like to be pushed out of their comfort zone. We all know Mirotic doesn't like to be fouled hard. We all know Davis has two new small injuries to his thumb and ribs. Need to make him uncomfortable. The other guy they have not messed with is Rondo. Got to get into this guys head.

    My drastic adjustments are going twin towers. I said this in the game two pre-game. The Blazers have four bigs. My suggestion is simple. Push Collins or Davis into the starting lineup with Nurk. Then add Leonard to the second unit with Collins/Davis. Play bigger and this allows the Blazers to have a big that can run at all all times. Both Collins and Leonard can at least get up and down the court fast. Use Aminu and Harkless mainly at the 3 spot. and add Baldwin to the mix with Pat Con. The reason to go bigger is simple. If the Blazers can exploit with size Gentry will have to match with bigger players. which means Mirotic might become a liability. Not to mention Moore. Maybe they can get some mismatches with size and free up dame for some easy looks. Double screens and just completely bashing Rondo a couple times with some nasty moving picks. Put Leonard and his six fouls to work. Really hammer Davis a few times also. Get them thinking they don't want to chance a painful deep bone bruise at this point of the series. Grind this team into submission. No matter how many picks you have to set get Lillard some open looks and always have a big rolling to the basket from either side.

    Hammering them often and early will get things chippy for sure. Being more aggressive will cost the Blazers on the foul line i'm sure but the way these games have been called who knows? Then I would like to see terry Stotts got ballistic when Davis tries to call his own fouls next time. This is getting real old real fast. I have seen Davis essentially change the Refs decision on the court three times in three games. Time for Stotts to get assertive about that shit. Absolutely blow his top and get that Technical called. Make your statement at some point. Might as well be on the road in a close out game.

    My hope is we don't see CJ lose faith early and quit. I have seen it before and the only way to keep him in this game will be to keep it competitive early and the whole way. If the Blazers go 20-25 points down. There is no asking CJ to work hard the rest of the way. There will be no miraculous comeback in a game four closeout game. Blazers need to come out strong and take control of this game from the beginning.

    At this point the best team has been the Pelicans. It is painfully clear they are better suited for the playoffs. They have some terrific players that are playing with a lot of heart. The Blazers have had a good season. Nothing to be ashamed about. But i would like to see a win in the playoffs. They could use something to be positive about at this point of the season. No excuses have been given by the players. They are all seemingly owning their mistakes. Even Stotts is saying this is a tough tough matchup. If the Pels do get game four i will most certainly be rooting for them in round two and beyond if they can somehow get by the Warriors. But for this game i am still a Blazer fan to the highest degree!

    Go Blazers!
    Kjironman is a fan!!!
     
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    BrunoSOC Ripcity from Brazil

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    Last game of the year guys. Season is over
     
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    Chris Craig Blazersland Staff Member Moderator

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