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You knew this was coming.

Detroit Pistons 84, Portland Trail Blazers 81
@ The Rose Garden, Portland, OR

I would like to congratulate the Portland Trail Blazers for a fine performance. I expected this team to play up to Detroit, and they did. In fact, the youth and energy displayed on that team's floor reminds me very much of the early Detroit teams of this millenium. You guys have a huge upgrade in Jack and Telfair. Doesn't it feel good to get out from under the noose of your older points?

That comeback made it interesting. Heck, as a Pistons fan, the entire 4th quarter was solid. Not only did Portland defend the Pistons players very well, far better than the Suns, but they managed to slow down that offense. They tried to choke the Pistons with defense, and it almost worked. That's a small personal victory for Portland. As a Trail Blazer, you take that to the confidence bank, and you beat the living shit out of the next opponent. Play smart, mind you, but you bank it and bust the next dude.

I think you can all stop the cat-calls about Zach Randolph at this point. 21 points was some damage. Darius Miles shows his gifts on the court. You guys can't get down on either of them any longer than tonight. Tonight, Portland grew stronger. That was the toughest T-Blazer team I've watched in a while. You can thank Nate McMillan for this squad.

McMillan has a special gift. These Portland youngers are going to play for him, and they will get better. We can forget the mayor's repeated mis-call of his name on the podium. Nate's great, and be thankful for that guy, since I was kind of bummed that he couldn't wait for Detroit. Love that man. Cherish him. Go to your games, and support that team like you did tonight . . . you don't often see fans chanting and getting behind the home squad so late in games. Forgive their mistakes in this game. They played hard, and the coaches coached well. They deserve the city's respect.

Well, here it comes, Trail Blazer fans.

Raising the roof, one truthful ball at a time.

You know who he is.

This man and your team parted ways with a bit of blame to be held on both parties. However, don't hate this guy. This is who he is. Your management, during those seasons, were who they were. Unfortunately, they mishandled the Trail Blazers. I've seen my share of front office screwups, and I smell 'em pretty quick. This guy could have been great for you, but it didn't work out that way.

I'll say it again for the thick-headed. Do not shit upon Zach Randolph, Darius Miles, Steve Telfair, Jarrett Jack, Juan Dixon, or any of your players. Each one of the youngsters could be the next Rasheed. Believe it.

Where's the pain? Oh yeah. Word to the wise . . . Zach Randolph has no business taking the inbound for a 3-point attempt with seconds in the game.

You know it. Here it is.


You don't beat one Piston.

LJ is a virus


( 39 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC)
Dude, are you going to do this for every Detriot win? Son, 6-0 ain't nothing, the CLIPPERS are 5-1.
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:40 am (UTC)
No kidding, but it ended so well, even if it was a loss, that I couldn't resist.

Lakers championships, the multiple championships, are something.

However, this team's started better than anyone else, and they've played better than the magical 88-89 team.

I think when the mood catches me right and I'm nearby a keyboard and internet, this is what happens.
(no subject) - bigangry - Nov. 12th, 2005 07:49 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - sauce1977 - Nov. 12th, 2005 07:51 am (UTC) - Expand
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(no subject) - sauce1977 - Nov. 13th, 2005 05:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC)
6-0, nice, 7-4, right around the corner.
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
Keep hoping. I know that score. You keep hoping it'll happen, and when it doesn't, you make case in the head for it to happen right around the next corner. Then, it doesn't happen again, and you do it again. Pick it up, stumble, fall down, do it again. Again. Again.

After a while, you begin to wonder if you made an error in assumption.

Or, you're a born hater 4 life, and that I can respect.
(no subject) - tfunkrvd316 - Nov. 12th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC) - Expand
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(no subject) - thewarzybok - Jan. 4th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
No, You Lose. - sauce1977 - Jan. 4th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: No, You Lose. - thewarzybok - Jan. 4th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Ham-Fisted Intros. - sauce1977 - Jan. 4th, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
yeah, anybody BUT randolph should've taken the last three of the game for portland.
Nov. 12th, 2005 07:52 am (UTC)
Not like Detroit didn't force that issue, but at the same time, something in Zach shoulda said "shit, no not me" and found someone.
Nov. 12th, 2005 08:16 am (UTC)
Don't act like you weren't shitting your pants at the half. =D
Nov. 12th, 2005 08:42 am (UTC)
I've witnessed this routine too many times from the W side.

Unlike the Lions, there is possibility for belief that this team can pull out from most defecits, given the fact that they were subject to a most brutal NBA Finals.
(no subject) - halaigh - Nov. 12th, 2005 09:00 am (UTC) - Expand
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(no subject) - halaigh - Nov. 12th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 12th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
It's crazy how good they are. I'm proud to call them my second favourite team.
Nov. 12th, 2005 09:01 am (UTC)
I give credit where it's due.

Phoenix, Boston, and Portland put up a good fight.

Best thing any team can do is look to the dominant teams and figure out just what SA, Detroit, and the like do. Benchmarking is key.
Nov. 12th, 2005 11:18 am (UTC)
i'm proud to call them my 30th favorite team.
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Nov. 12th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
Here comes the pain.

Detecting a strong Terry Tate vibe here. :-)
Nov. 12th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Feel free to use the icons.

Now that I've figured out Image Ready, I'm eventually going to poke around with Premiere.
Nov. 12th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
They shoulda fouled at the end of the game...it was stupid to give up when they still had time on the clock.
Nov. 13th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
Younger teams do that. With a new coach, mistakes like that happen.

That team will work out the glitches.
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