All Star Reflection
As the All-Star Game approaches this weekend, it is as good of time as any to take stock in the Blazers performance to date. Previously this week, we at Blazersog have tried to identify why the last 10 games have been so disappointing, especially after the run in December. Even though play of late has not been great, there have been many great games this season. What we want to know from you is what game has been the best for the Blazers this season. To help with this decision, here is a list of candidates:
Tuesday November 13th – Blazers vs. Pistons > 102-94 (Heritage Night) This was heritage night for the Blazers, as the organization recognized the accomplishment of the team from the early ’90s. All of the starting five from those teams was present that night, except Buck, but Uncle Cliffy was in the building to fill in nicely for him. The Blazers played strong throughout the game, as they were able to put up 100 points even against the tough defense of Detroit. Plus, its always sweet when the Blazers defeat ‘Sheed.
Monday December 3, 2007 – Blazers at Grizzlies > 106-105 (The Turning Point) The game that started the streak. The Blazers got off to a poor start on the road this season, as they were winless in November outside of the Rose Garden. It appeared the Blazers were about to fall again on the road, this time in Memphis. Then it became Outlaw time. Everyone knows the final shot, but what people often forgot is that Travis scored the previous 5 points before the game winner, just to give the squad the opportunity for the win. And then the final shot was maybe the finest shot hit by any Blazer this season.
Sunday December 16, 2007 – Blazers at Nuggets > 116-105 The Blazers have had a terrible history lately against the Nuggets in Denver. Before this game the team had lost 9 straight at the Pepsi Center. Chalk it up to the altitude. Maybe the best played game of the season, the Blazers were executing on all their plays as Roy finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Channing Frye was unconscious in the first half, knocking down 10 of 13 shots. This win proved in many people’s eyes that the Blazers were for real this season.
Thursday January 3, 2008 – Blazers at Bulls > 115-109 (The Thriller) The Double Overtime Thriller. One of the contributors to Blazersog was at this game, and called it the greatest Blazer game he had ever been to. After sloppy play through three quarters, the Blazers were able to turn it on in the 4th to force overtime. But one overtime was not enough to decide the outcome of this epic game. In the second overtime, James Jones came up huge on defense, and J-Jack was able to be the straw that broke the Bulls back, as his nifty 3-point play sealed the deal, and sent Chicago fans out into the frigid Midwestern winter with their heads down.
Sunday January 27, 2008 – Blazers vs. Hawks > 94-93 (The Comeback) The Comeback. Down by 19 in the third quarter, an ill B-Roy threw the Blazers on his back as they clawed their way back into the game, to take the lead with 2.3 seconds left. With three minutes left in the game, the Natural took over as he got to the hole at will, making lay-in after lay-in. Besides stellar offensive play, Roy also locked down Joe Johnson on defense, forcing him to miss two off-balance, long-range shots at the end of the game, which ultimately allowed the Blazers to prevail in one the greatest games of the season.
So, which game has been the best for the Blazers this season? Is it one of these five, or did we forget one? Let us know your thoughts.