Hey Blazers! I don’t think you realize that losing actually benefits you in the long run. Or maybe they believe they’ll bust all odds and get a high lottery pick without that many ping pong balls? After all the Chicago Bulls landed Derrick Rose with the number one pick after having less than a 2% chance. Anything’s possible, but if the Blazers know what is good for them they will learn how to lose close games like the one tonight.
Portland beat the New Orleans Hornets in a thriller at the Rose Garden 99-93. If you are anything like me you see the score total of 99 next to Portland’s name and you think about the fans missing free chapulas by a single point. Having the game all but locked up with 16 seconds left and up six, Raymond Felton was at the line for two. He missed them both. I honestly laughed a little when I heard the fans moan over each miss. People got to have their chalupas.
As for the game (the more important part?), it was very entertaining to watch, but I have to wonder how it was such a close game? The Hornets had eight total players in uniform, and of those eight players I could probably only name about two of them. Yet New Orleans stayed in the entire game because of Marco Belinelli (27 points) and some unbelievable free throw shooting. They made their first 19 free throws, and finished 20-21 from the line with their only miss a crucial one near the end. The rebounding difference was only one in favor of Portland, and both teams shot the ball about equally (47% for Hornets, 49% for Blazers), but the difference was from beyond the arc. Portland made 12 three pointers to New Orleans 7, and they seemed to hit them in timely fashion. Felton and Nicolas Batum each hit one with under two minutes to go to seal the deal. Lamarcus Aldridge played like an All-Star with 25 points on 11-18 shooting, and Luke Babbitt set a career high with 16 points going 4-6 from three point range. Boy does the crowd love him.
So yes, it was a fun game to watch, especially after the blowout bore-fest against Oklahoma City last game. It’s a battle between my head and my heart as to how I want the Blazers to play each night. I believe my head is going to win almost every time. Losing now and hopefully gaining a high pick because of it is the smart move. As a fan there is no denying that winning sure does make your day a whole lot better though.
I can’t tell if that means it’s a win-win (Blazers win I’m happy, lose I’m happy) or a lose-lose (Blazers win I’m angry, lose I’m angry). What do you think?
About the Author
Written by Colin Chisholm
I'm a huge sports fan and basketball nut. I grew up in Oregon and now live in the great city of Chicago while trying to crack my way into the sports industry.