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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 10/21/2013 8:51 PM

    I realize not everyone got to watch the preseason games. The only way was to use Firstrow.eu or Athde.com

    We have won the last 4 games against the Jazz twice, Clippers, and Sacremento


    Some notes

    -We have been rebounding VERY well so far! Lopez shows to have a big impact overall on the team rebounding numbers. Robin has been averaging 10.75 points 9.75 reb 1.25 blocks in 26 mins. during these 4 games. 


    -Our sophmore frontcourt of Thomas Robinson, Joel Freeland, Meyers Leonard has been playing very well.


    - Meyers has not recorded a single block this preseason. His defense and rebounding has improved slightly but he couldn't get any worse from last season.


    - Allen Crabbe has been sick for most of the preseason but when he has played- he played great. MUCH better than his Summer League performance. Rebounding and Defending well,  ,Making smart choices, and he is shooting well. PROBABLY moved ahead of Barton in the rotation because Will has been pretty reckless and not playing team basketball.


    -Damian looks like he is making progress from his Great Rookie Year!!!!!! Improved defense and has imrpoved his attacking with more craftiness. Now he is using floaters and runners AND he posted up Chris Paul and scored. Hopefully he continues learning a post game because he is a STRONG PG!


    -Batum didnt play most games due to injuries but has been playing VERY well in his limited minutes. He looks ready for the season!


    - New additions Mo and Wright are looking AWESOME! Great to have offensive threats off our bench. Both great 3 point shooters. Mo has been throwing some SEXY passes! And Wright has looked way more ATHLETIC then some might have thought, and has been passing well also.


    -Lamarcus looks great as always. He'll be ready for the season and will put up great numbers this season. PREDICTION: 23 Points 10 Rebounds 2 Block season for LA!


    -Matthews has been playing very very poorly. 


    This will be an AWESOME season!!! Can't wait for the real season to start!!


    GO BLAZERS! RIP CITY



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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 10/21/2013 8:53 PM

    My first thread in a while...Hopefully this gets some people back active on the site....!!

    I am a fan of This Quote "One Love. One Heart. One Human race."
  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 10/21/2013 9:40 PM

    Yeah site has been slowly dying, but will pick up once the season starts. And I agree with you on everything except Barton. I only half agree with you on that. While he hasn't been going out of his way to involve the team, he is only player on this team other than Dame and Mo Will to an extent, who can attack the paint, or at least who WILL attack the paint. While this is not always the best course of action, it's better than passing the ball around the perimeter wasting time and jacking up a contested shot, and with our new Offensive Rebounding Pros in Lopez and T Rob, it's not TOO BAD. And he seems to be hitting his corner three more consistently.


    As for whether he's ahead of Crabbe on the depth Chart.... It's nice to have too many quality players for once isn't it?

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
  1. Cailin Pietersen
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    Posted 10/22/2013 1:21 AM

    Don't forget that Aldridge is another offensive rebounding pro. Rolo and Aldridge together will be a force on both ends this season. Rolo looks like the real deal and this team is about as close to complete as its been since Brandon Roy first went down. I think if either Batum or Mo will attack their defenders off the dribble then our offense will have another wrinkle for oppositions to try and figure out.


    Im looking forward to us draining 3s left right and centre! But I'm also looking forward to us seeing our offense grow and develop into more than just a watered version of what used to be Orlando in the D12 days and the new GSW. 

    I am a fan of shouting Batuuuuuum-Shaka-Laka whenever Nic hits a 3!!!!!
  1. riverman
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    Posted 10/22/2013 5:46 PM

    Great post Siccolo! I'd add that Claver has not really found his shot yet although he's a smart defender. Wes seems to be out of shape. He didn't play much this summer and had surgery so he'll probably walk on eggshells all preseason. Hopefully when its starts counting he'll take it up a notch. Barton is better than last season but not a second option. I think Wright takes Claver's minutes and Crabbe gets some of Barton's. Freeland is the most improved sophmore in my book on the team. He's going to be a valuable roaming 4-5 guy and he's beat Leonard already for minutes. He's really good foul trouble insurance for Lopez, Robinson and Aldridge. What I'm most impressed with is Stotts. He's gotten these guys playing team defense and rebounding. He's patient with the bench guys, gives them some rope and doesn't panic. Get ready, it's going to be a great season. Mo, RoLo and DWright are going to be huge impact vets. Even our bottom of the bench guys have trade value this season. We may have 3 allstars on this team when the trade deadline comes.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 10/22/2013 8:27 PM

    Thanks Riverman, appreciate it! You make a great point about Coach Stotts. He deserves some REAL Recognition for his emphasis on defense leading up to the regular season. He knew our D was terrible and he is changing our WHOLE dynamic, which is aweomse!

    Freeland has impressed me a lot!


    Gonna be a great season!


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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 10/23/2013 10:12 AM

    Good post.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 10/24/2013 9:59 PM

    Sickened that i couldnt see tonights game against GSW
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 10/25/2013 3:29 AM

    Has anyone else noticed that LaMarcus is really blocking shots well? He's becoming a pretty god weak side shotblocker. 

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
  1. commontongue
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    Posted 10/25/2013 9:09 PM

    RipCity, i think we'll be seeing more of that now that Lopez is in the mix. How about your boy Freeland beating Leonard out for his spot ? I think its the Joel thing. I love those Carl Landry,Reggie Evans and of course Nick Collison type cats who  are cerebral/passionate and get after it each and every posession....Intelligently aggressive.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. riverman
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    Posted 10/27/2013 3:28 PM

    Freeland and Lopez have denied the lanes and boxed out so LaMarcus had room to roam on defense and not have to backpedal on defense. This is going to give him a ton of block, steal opportunities this season. Something Leonard has yet to show at this stage. Kurt Thomas was a master at it. Guy did not need to score to effect a game.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. stacksfan2005
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    Posted 10/28/2013 2:01 AM

    the few games i streamed illegally were exciting. almost makes me comfortable to foot the bill for league pass. impressed with freeland crabbe, wright, trob, and batums rebounding? FINALLY!!!. leonard will continue to improve.

  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 10/28/2013 1:39 PM

    Excellent showing in preseason. That strong of play will have positive effects in the start of the season.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
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