Game Thread WESTERN FINALS, GAME 2: BLAZERS @ WARRIORS - 5/16/19, THURSDAY, 6PM, ESPN

Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by Darkwebs, May 14, 2019.

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If there was only one thing you can change, what would it be?

Poll closed May 21, 2019.
  1. Change the starting line-up

    5.1%
  2. Change the rotation (e.g., increase/decrease minutes for certain players, add/subtract players)

    6.8%
  3. Change the defensive schemes (e.g., against the pick-and-roll, defensive assignments, etc.)

    74.6%
  4. Change the offensive schemes

    3.4%
  5. Other

    1.7%
  6. Nothing. We'll be fine

    1.7%
  7. I have no idea

    6.8%
  1. Darkwebs

    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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    2018-19 REGULAR SEASON RECORD
    PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
    53 - 29
    (21-20 Road)
    GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

    57 - 25
    (30-11 Home)


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    WHEN: 6:00 PM (PDT), THURSDAY, 5/16/2019


    WHERE: ORACLE ARENA, OAKLAND, CA

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    PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
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    CURRY , SIMONS , HOOD
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    TURNER , TRENT Jr. , LAYMAN
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    LABISSIERE , COLLINS , LEONARD

    GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
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    COOK , LIVINGSTON , EVANS
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    LEE , McKINNIE , DERRICKSON
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    BELL , JEREBKO
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    LOONEY , JONES


    INJURIES

    TRAIL BLAZERS
    Rodney Hood (hyperextended left knee): PROBABLE
    Enes Kanter (separated left shoulder): PROBABLE
    Jusuf Nurkic (left leg injury): OUT
    WARRIORS

    Kevin Durant (right calf strain): DOUBTFUL
    DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad): OUT



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    TERRY STOTTS --- STEVE KERR




    :reading:WARRIORS' OFFICIAL GAME NOTES
    :reading:BLAZERS' OFFICIAL GAME NOTES




    PREVIOUS MEETING IN THE SERIES
    GAME #1: LOSS 94-116



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  2. Darkwebs

    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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  3. TBpup

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    Aminu/Harkless still starting....ugh. I know Harkless had a rare 'Good Mo' game but history tells me I can't expect that from game to game.
     
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    We can win this game. Even with Stotts' ill-conceived defense. We just need big contributions from Dame and CJ. It is hurting our chances not having Nurk but we can do this without him, we can do it for him.
     
  5. illmatic99

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    @Darkwebs you need a change everything/ all of the above option.
     
  6. trailblazer18

    trailblazer18 Well-Known Member

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    I'd put a bionic leg on Nurk and get him back out there. Ronnie Lott cut off a finger, Nurk can cut off his leg and get a bionic one.
     
  7. James lamphear

    James lamphear Well-Known Member

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    There about 2 things I would on that poll but I pick the most obvious one though. The one thing won't change is the starting lineup. But increase the minutes by some players and defense scheme probably the changes I would do. Zach had only 2 fouls last night and got 18 minutes to me not enough. Yes Kanter got a lot but majority of his defense rebounds was really uncontested.
     
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  9. Minstrel

    Minstrel Top Of The Pops Global Moderator

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    Yeah, this is basically why I didn't think Golden State was ripe for an upset without Durant. Sure, Durant improves any team, but probably Golden State least of all. His style of play isn't a great mesh for what Golden State does and Curry isn't a world-destroyer when trying to defer and help Durant fit in. Without Durant, they're a bit worse, but the gains in other places mitigate his loss a lot. Amusingly, the biggest effect of his loss is on the defensive end, as they lose a (freakishly) long and fast defender.
     
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    The sky is not falling. We were within striking distance nearly the entire game even though we were shooting terribly and turning the ball over. When we lock in, GS is in trouble. We have them right where we want them!
     
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    start Turner at the 1, dame cj at 2 moe and enes. they can trap Turner and a shooter will be open. most likely they won't and we do from there. is this crazy?
     
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    they wouldnt trap turner at all.
     
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    Definitely seems like Collins will need to play more in this series.
     
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    my thoughts exactly, so et runs the offense from there, p and r or whatever, dame cannot deal with a double as soon as he crosses half court
     
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    BBert Weasels Ripped My Flesh

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    I more or less had the same thought. Make Dame a SG/Have someone else bring the ball across mid court. I wouldn't start the game that way, but I'd go to it mid first quarter. I doubt they would double Turner. Are they going to double Dame or CJ away from the ball? If they did we'd always have someone open, and Turner can certainly find open teammates. Screen for Dame off the ball and get him the ball in motion (and I don't mean repeated hand-offs at the three point line). If done properly with screens and player movement/ball movement, things would open up all over the place. We'd cut them apart, the way other teams do to us.

    But what do I know? :dunno:
     
  16. SIeepwalker

    SIeepwalker The lone sane poster

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    Why didn't Zach play at the 4 alongside Kanter this game ? He can definitely guard Green
     
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    Another issue I have been grumbling about all season: there are times it would be beneficial to play Dame at the 2 - but we have no other true PG! CJ is a scorer first, second, and third. ET just flat sucks donkey balls. We have no way to acquire one either, as we won't be players in FA and even if one was available late in the draft, Olshey wouldn't touch him.
     
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    Lillard has never played like Curry off the ball. Maybe he can, but I wouldn't want to move him to the 2 just to see, in the middle of the WCF. That's the kind of thing you experiment with in the regular season. And if he's not playing the way Curry does when Curry doesn't have the ball, just a simple pick and roll and passing the ball to Lillard won't achieve anything...the Warriors will simply double him as soon as he does have the ball. Especially if Turner is the guy initiating it--the Warriors will just leave him to smother his P&R partner. The Blazers have never developed the constantly whirring machine of motion that the Warriors have--the Blazers are good for a simple screen and maybe a re-screen, but that's the height of the offensive creativity. Playing Lillard off the ball won't change that.
     
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    Zach should be getting around 30 minutes a game if he not in foul trouble. Buy playing at the 4 or the 5. He best defense big man that we got.
     
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    I have a question for all you arm chair coaches out there. I understand why you don't normally go under the screen on a good shooter. But, when the screen is 4-5' behind the three point line, wouldn't you be better off going under the screen and letting them have the 30+ footer--rather than what we are giving them now, a clean shot at the line while we run behind the pick.
     
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