Doug Collins (announcing the game) was right. If there was ever a way NOT to finish out a game while you’re ahead Portland did it and how. First you gotta miss your free throws. Then you gotta make silly fouls. You’ve gotta botch your plays and miss easy ones, like this winner.
I love this game!
Seriously though, Portland showed up relatively well, with Andrew Miller, an old fave of mine, firing in 31 pts. followed by L. Aldridge chipping in 22. Aldridge had several opportunities when he had all day to shoot, showing a chink in Phoenix’s plan of guarding the rim low but instead freeing up jump – shooters.
Play wise, what won this game was Portland’s slowing down Phoenix’s game and consequently frustrating their scorers. As a result, the normally overpowering Stoudemire only had 18 pts. today and fouled out sometime in the mid 4q.
I’d always thought J. Bayless was a kind of mini – Brandon Roy of sorts and he did chip in 18 here, but he really could and should show up even more. Other than he the options are slim. Inspite of a good (but late) regular season, A. Miller is gonna need help while Aldridge’s good game is still kind of a fluke for me. Batum has always been ok, but the big missing option here is R. Fernandez whom today coughed up only 5 points. Fernandez is a superstar on the Olympic Spanish team and I dunno why he can’t be one here, especially with Roy out.
Oh and did I mention Brandon Roy is out for the rest of the season? Brandon Roy is out for the rest of the season. And here’s a nice graphic to show you what happens when Brandon Roy is out for the rest of the season.
With this win Portland has made this Por-Phx a possible dramatic one as it how has the three necessary ingredients: 1., a team that should be playing better, 2. a team that should be dead by now and, 3. the team that should be dead by now beat the team that should be playing better. Add the two and you get = Ã‚Â interesting series at the least, dramatic one at best.