Losses hurt, one point losses hurt more, and OT, one-point losses hurt the worst. Last night was a game that Trail Blazers needed to win simply because these are the games you look back on in April and say “if only I had made one more shot or free throw” we’d be playing with home court advantage.
The Thunder are a great team and if you don’t guard KD or Westbrook well, they will do exactly what they did the to Blazers last night. I will say, Batum played good defense against KD last night–well enough that he couldn’t save the game by himself. But what is it going to take for these Blazers to actually beat the Thunder, and hopefully 3 more times?
First and foremost, Andre Miller can not guard Russell Westbrook–he is not quick enough or athletic enough to keep up with the young talent. Second, LaMarcus Aldridge needs to take more advantage of the height mis-match between him and Jeff Green. Yes, LA had 22 last night, but he couldn’t score in the second half; let’s be honest, he should have easily had 30 points. And third, the reoccurring question on everyones mind, what to do when you don’t have Camby or LA in? That is something only time will tell–although last night it looked evident that Joel Przybilla wanted to play or least looked more interested than Oden sitting on the bench.
Although it was a hard fought game by both teams (and pretty ugly for both at one point), the Blazers did fight hard, the Thunder just fought harder. And this may be one of those fights that comes back to haunt you in the post season.
On a separate note, the tribute to Maurice Lucas was extremely touching. From the signs handed out to the fans with “Enforcer” on them, to the moment of silence before the National Anthem from Blazers President Larry Miller to the video montage played during the first time out. The Enforcer was not only one of the games greats, he was a friend, father, coach and volunteer; someone both the NBA and the Portland community will miss greatly. RIP Luuuuuuuuuke, We will miss you!
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I am and always will be an avid sports fan. My passion lies with basketball and football--although I have a great appreciation and knowledge of most sports. There is not just one aspect of the game that makes me so passionate, but rather all the elements that have to be perfectly in play on any given night.