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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Week 5 Recap (!!!)

Postby Lamrock on Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:58 am

Thanks guys. The reason recaps are so fast is that I've been posting a month's worth of back logged write ups. To answer an earlier question though, I usually play one game per in-game week and will hopefully play each team at least once. Future seasons may have more simming though.
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Week 5 Recap (!!!)

Postby Lamrock on Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:24 pm

NOVEMBER 2012 IN REVIEW

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NBA Standings

Western Conference:
San Antonio 13-4
Golden State 10-5
Minnesota 9-6
Oklahoma City 10-7
LA Lakers 9-7
Denver 9-8
Utah 9-8
Phoenix 9-8
Portland 8-8
LA Clippers 7-8
Sacramento 7-8
Houston 7-8
Dallas 7-9
Memphis 3-11
New Orleans 3-11

Eastern Conference:
Miami 12-2
Chicago 11-3
Brooklyn 10-5
Philadelphia 9-7
Indiana 9-7
Charlotte 8-7
Milwaukee 7-7
Detroit 8-9
Orlando 7-8
New York 7-8
Boston 7-9
Atlanta 6-8
Washington 5-9
Cleveland 4-12
Toronto 2-15

Players of the Month:
WEST: Kevin Durant (OKC) | EAST: LeBron James (MIA)
Rookies of the Month:
WEST: Damian Lillard (POR) | Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)

Damian Lillard Wins West Rookie of the Month!

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Second among rookies in scoring, first in assists, three point and free throw percentage, Lillard has been a huge force for the Blazers, and is well in the mix for rookie of the year. The Blazers sit at 8-8, a mark most expected to be lower, but the rookie from Weber State seems to be the real deal.

Player Averages

Aldridge: 22.5 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 25.4 PER, .623% TS
Batum: 20.9 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 20.4 PER, .597% TS
Lillard: 15.1 PPG, 6.3 APG, 3.6 RPG, 18.6 PER, .600% TS
Matthews: 11.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 4 APG, 13.1 PER, .561% TS
Hickson: 7.3 PPG, 7 RPG, 9.5 PER, .499% TS
N. Smith: 5.9 PPG, 4.6 APG, 8.6 PER, .419% TS
Posey: 4.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 11.4 PER, .716% TS
Price: 3.8 PPG, 2.4 APG, 12.7 PER, .566% TS
Leonard: 3.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 8 PER, .574% TS

Transaction Report

10/31 - Pacers sign F Terrence Williams to 1 yr, $4.8M deal
10/31 - Pistons sign G LeAndro Barbosa to 1 yr, $4.9M deal
11/2 - Raptors sign F Mickael Pietrus to 1 yr. $2.1M deal
11/2 - Nets sign C Greg Oden to 1 yr, $5.2M deal
11/2 - Raptors sign G DeMar DeRozan to 4 yr, $27.8M extension
11/3 - 76ers sign F Maurice Evans to 1 yr, $1.36M deal
11/5 - Magic sign C Mehmet Okur to 1 yr, $1.37M deal
11/6 - Pistons sign F Jason Maxiell to 4 yr, $7.56M extension
11/7 - Mavericks sign C Chris Andersen to 1 yr, $668k deal
11/7 - Raptors sign Jose Calderon to 2 yr, $9.88M extension
11/8 - Jazz sign Al Jefferson to 5 yr, $74.58M extension
11/11 - Knicks sign Kenyon Martin to 1 yr, $1.63M deal
11/12 - Cavaliers sign Michael Redd to 1 yr, $2.07M deal
11/14 - Hornets sign Alonzo Gee to 1 yr, $2.64M deal
11/23 - Jazz sign Josh Howard to 1 yr, $1.48M deal
11/25 - Kings sign Darko Milicic to 1 yr, $1.1M deal
11/27 - Hawks sign Damion James to 1 yr, $1.6M deal
11/27 - Hawks sign Joey Graham to 1 yr, $1.9M deal
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Nov. '12 at a glance

Postby Red Rocket on Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:06 pm

Not a bad start to the year at 8-8 since you're right there in the Playoff race. All the stats look realistic, even the brutal bench you have to deal with. Keep it up man - this is one of the best on the board right now.
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Nov. '12 at a glance

Postby Sit on Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:55 pm

Lillard is playing really well. any plans on signing any free agents to shore up your bench?
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Nov. '12 at a glance

Postby hova- on Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:51 pm

Good to see you in playoff contention. Lillard's a success so far - LA playing an All-Star season again. I think you're bench is underachieving a bit though. Hopefully you can get more from your reserves.
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Nov. '12 at a glance

Postby Lamrock on Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:14 am

Red Mamba, Thanks dude. To publicly respond to your PM so it's clear to everybody, things like signature shots and various details that make your player unique can be easily added by request.

Sit, James Posey was a big addition, but I could certainly use help at nearly every position. We'll see how it goes.

hova-, Trouble is, my bench isn't underachieving. They're just that bad. I'm forced to use Nolan Smith as my sixth man and he's not very good but the only one who can get his own shot.

Lillard and Aldridge kick ass in the game though, so hopefully they can keep us above water.
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Nov. '12 at a glance

Postby Valor on Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:51 pm

Damn look at Batum go!! Lillard might be overhyped IMO but he's doing very well so far for you (Y)
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Nov. '12 at a glance

Postby Ezio Auditore on Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:17 am

Man you're going fast! I can say as well that Lillard is a beast. :bowdown2:
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Nov. '12 at a glance

Postby Martti. on Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:59 am

Those FA get so much money. (Flynn, Oden both want like 5M per) I wish they would fix that.

Good start, not over-achieving and Lillard being a beast he is. (Y)
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Nov. '12 at a glance

Postby Lamrock on Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:36 am

BEHIND THE SCENES

Chapter 2: So Long, J.J.?

Liam Washburn and Neil Olshey were in their offenses honestly not doing much of anything when Paul Allen came in. Liam quickly pulled up the scouting report for Fresh Smith on his computer. "I need you in my office, stat. Sorry, not you, Liam."

Liam sat nervously as the general manager and owner discussed the team. After 45 minutes, Olshey returned. "Sorry about that. We're about to make a trade."

"A trade? We're doing fine!"

"Yes, but we've lost three straight now, and if you think this roster can make the playoffs, I'd have a bridge to sell you with your severance pay. We needed a center, and I think we've found him. You have to tell J.J. the bad news. Both of them."

Liam thought for half a second. "So who did we get?"

"Well, it's looking like we're getting Chuck Hayes and this dude named honeybucket or something."

Liam breathed a sigh of relief, then had to dish the news that Hickson (who was coming off a 17 and 13 game) and Jeffries would be playing in Excremento. "Well, on the bright side, they'll probably move to Seattle in a couple years," Liam said before leaving to avoid getting punched.

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Liam was nervous about the first game post-trade, against the Kings of all teams, J.J. Hickson played solidly in his first game back as a Sacramento King, but Hayes did his job, and Honeycutt was very impressive, hitting jumper after jumper against his former team.

"Honey Buckets! So what do you think of the trade now, Liam," asked Olshey.

"Time will tell. I guess a 6'6" center does beat the alternative."

"Damn right. Now drink up son, you don't know how much of a pain in the ass it was to sneak these beers in."
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Behind the Scenes #2

Postby Valor on Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:22 pm

and here i thought drinking beers at work was a norm? damn you guys have to sneak them in? :lol:
Glad to see you back and healthy bud (Y)
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Re: [8-8] The New Jailblazers | Behind the Scenes #2

Postby Lamrock on Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:51 am

WEEK SIX: Dec. 1 - Dec. 8 my ongoing bad with the 6 & 8 day weeks
Team Record: 9-11 (1-3) | 5th in division, T-10th in conference)

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It was a trying week for the Blazers, who dropped two seemingly winnable games en route to an 1-3 week that eventually led to a response from the front office. Despite J.J. Hickson coming along, he was dealt along with veteran Jared Jeffries to the Kings for Chuck Hayes and Tyler Honeycutt. It remains to be seen whether a 6'6" center is the answer to the Blazers' defensive woes, but they won their first game (against those same Kings mind you) and this team seems committed - for now - to winning games.

Redd An Unlikely Hero As Cavs Beat Blazers
12/1/12 - Blazers 99 @ Cavaliers 104

Portland's three game winning streak came to an end in Cleveland. Despite J.J. Hickson playing his best game of the season against his former team, the backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Michael Redd carried the Cavs to a victory.

POR 25 28 25 22 | 99 [8-9] - Hickson: 26/5/0, 11-15 FG; Batum: 16/8/6
CLE 24 26 25 29 | 104 [5-12] - Irving: 24/4/10; Redd: 24/2/1, 9-11 FG, 4-4 3pt


Blazers Collapse In Fourth, Fall To Bobcats
12/3/12 - Blazers 93 @ Bobcats 95

By overcoming an 18 point halftime deficit, the Charlotte Bobcats now have the peace of mind, knowing that no matter what, they won't be the worst team ever. Infact, the win improves them to 9-7, good for 6th in the East.

POR 24 25 18 26 | 93 [8-10] - Lillard; 16/6/8; Aldridge: 17/8/2
CHA 15 16 25 39 | 95 [9-7] - Kidd-Gilchrist: 15/11/3; B. Gordon: 19/3/3

Granger, Pacers Dominate Portland
12/5/12 - Blazers 76 @ Pacers 100

Portland follows their three game road winning streak with three consecutive road losses to post a fair 3-4 record on their 7 game road swing. However, it ended poorly with Danny Granger dropping 35 points and the Pacers winning by 24. Nearly everybody was off their game for the Blazers, who fall to 8-11.

POR 23 12 18 22 | 76 [8-11] - Hickson: 17/13/1; Aldridge: 16/10/1
IND 30 20 23 27 | 100 [10-9] - Granger; 35/5/3; Augustin: 18/7/8

Blazers trade J.J. Hickson, Jared Jeffries to Sacramento for Chuck Hayes, Tyler Honeycutt

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December 7, 2012 - The Trail Blazers take on the big contract of Chuck Hayes to fill the defensive void at the Center position while also acquiring a project in Honeycutt. It comes at a cost however as starting power forward J.J. Hickson returns to his former team. Hickson was starting to play well for Portland, but the Blazers, near the bottom of the league in defensive efficiency, knew they needed to acquire a true Center, and get one in 6'6" Chuck Hayes.

While Hickson did not play well during his tenure with the Kings, the team was more of a financial one as they dump the 3 year, $17 million contract of Hayes. "I must have done something right for them to acquire me again, I guess," chucked Hickson in an interview. The Kings also take on the smaller deal of Jared Jeffries, who may take over the role of DeMarcus Cousins's backup.

The Trail Blazers also waived forward Shawne Williams this morning.

RealGM Trade Grades:
Portland: B+
Sacramento B-


Portland Trail Blazers Rotation - 12/7/2012

PG - Damian Lillard | Starter
SG - Wesley Matthews | Starter
SF - Nicolas Batum | Starter
PF - LaMarcus Aldridge | Starter
C - Chuck Hayes | Starter
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G - Nolan Smith | Sixth Man
C - Meyers Leonard | Role Player
F - James Posey | Role Player
G - Ronnie Price | Role Player
F - Tyler Honeycutt | Prospect
F - Luke Babbitt | Bench Warmer
C - Dan Gadzuric | Bench Warmer
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G - Elliot Williams | Prospect [+]


Hayes, Honeycutt Combine For 15 As Blazers Win By As Much
12/8/12 - Kings 92 @ Blazers 107

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In the first game since the deal that sent J.J. Hickson and Jared Jeffries to the Kings for Chuck Hayes and Tyler Honeycutt, the Blazers and Kings faced off against each other. Thanks to that fact, all players involved with the deal were cleared to play just a day after the trade, almost unprecedented. The Blazers got solid production from their players across the board, but Jeffries posted a DNP for Sacramento, who couldn't overcome a lights out shooting performance from Portland.

Honeycutt had 9 points and 4 boards in his impressive debut, while Chuck Hayes had 6 points and 7 boards in a starting role. Hickson also had a solid outing for the Kings with 7 points and 6 rebounds, but he suffered through some foul trouble. Portland improves to 9-11 on the season.

SAC 31 22 21 18 | 92 [7-12] | Thornton: 25/0/5, 9-25 FG; A. Brooks: 10/1/11
POR 33 22 28 24 | 107 [9-11] | Batum: 20/7/3; Matthews: 13/6/7

Division Standings

Oklahoma City 13-7
Minnesota 11-7
Denver 11-9
Utah 10-11
Portland 9-11
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Re: [9-11] The New Jailblazers | Week Six - Hickson Traded!

Postby Martti. on Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:21 am

I'd have kept Hickson, but Hayes isn't too bad. (Y)
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Re: [9-11] The New Jailblazers | Week Six - Hickson Traded!

Postby Red Rocket on Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:26 am

Not sure on the Hickson trade, as he has a pretty decent player, but you've got more of a defensive-mind in Hayes so good luck with how he turns out. (Y)

Hope you rebound from the 1-3 week, and I know it was a tough loss to the Bobcats, that would have pissed me off...
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Re: [9-11] The New Jailblazers | Week Six - Hickson Traded!

Postby buzzy on Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:12 am

have fun with that free throw on Hayes
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Re: [9-11] The New Jailblazers | Week Six - Hickson Traded!

Postby Ezio Auditore on Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:10 pm

buzzy wrote:have fun with that free throw on Hayes


+1 :lol: With another couple of wins, the team will be on pace for .500... way better than expected.
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Re: [9-11] The New Jailblazers | Week Six - Hickson Traded!

Postby Valor on Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:14 pm

I wouldn't have done it if I were you since Jeffries' versatility on defense is pretty valuable, but oh well :?

Good luck getting back to .500 man!
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Re: [9-11] The New Jailblazers | Week Six - Hickson Traded!

Postby Kenny on Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:29 pm

I really like the trade. I'm hoping it'll give you a chance to develop Meyers Leonard and I also really liked what I saw of Honey Buckets in college.
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Re: [9-11] The New Jailblazers | Week Six - Hickson Traded!

Postby hova- on Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:00 pm

Wow, this is somewhat a GM Hova trade: you want a "real" center and add a 6-6 Chuck Hayes? I mean, he's a good defender IRL and the game, but won't give you shotblocking or any offense at all. I don't know, especially with his big contract. Not a good deal imho, let's hope Honeycutt can continue to play like this. You could have gotten more for Hickson I guess.
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Re: [9-11] The New Jailblazers | Week Six - Hickson Traded!

Postby Lamrock on Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:15 am

Surprised to see the reaction to the trade. Hickson's a bit overrated in 2K in my opinion but I suppose taking on Hayes's contract is the real sacrifice. At 6'6", he can't really block shots or finish, but he's an absolute beast on the boards and allows me to play Aldridge at the 4. Hayes/Leonard is a decent center rotation. Honeycutt meanwhile is tall, not awful on D and can hit the open jumper, so I could see him as the backup SF of the future as a poor man's Rashard Lewis.

Jared Jeffries couldn't get minutes because Meyers Leonard is better, while Hickson's inability to guard the Center position and redundancy with Aldridge on the roster made him very expendable. Honestly, I feel like I owned Sac-Town in the trade, but time will tell as J.J. Hickson could pan out to be a good player.

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Re: [9-11] The New Jailblazers | Hickson Trade + Banner Cont

Postby Lamrock on Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:13 am

WEEK SEVEN: Nov. 9 - Nov. 16

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The Blazers had a very solid week. They only played two games but they won both of them, including a big win over the San Antonio Spurs. Portland improves to .500 and is 3-0 since the Chuck Hayes trade. Portland coach Neil Olshey said "a lot of people thought we were one of those teams you could write off as a lottery team, but I seriously think we could make a run here".

Lillard Rescues Blazers Against Raptors
12/10/12 - Raptors 94 @ Blazers 96

At home against the lowly Raptors, the Blazers entered the game as major favorites, but they underestimated their opponent and found themselves trailing in the fourth. Thankfully, Damian Lillard made up for LaMarcus Aldridge's poor performance to lead the Blazers to their second consecutive win.

TOR 27 21 22 24 | 94 [4-17] - Bargnani: 24/8/1; Lowry: 18/3/8
POR 23 24 18 31 | 96 [10-11] - Lillard: 28/0/6; Matthews: 19/4/2

Blazers Back To .500 With Dominant Second Half
12/13/12 - Spurs 87 @ Blazers 97

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In a nationally televised game, the Blazers proved they belonged in the playoff win with a huge victory over the Spurs. San Antonio came out strong early on but the Blazers locked down on D in the second quarter. The third period saw the Spurs' shooting go cold and LaMarcus Aldridge score 14 of his 32 points.

The Blazers managed to hang on to the lead in a high scoring fourth quarter. With three minutes to go and the Blazers up 14, coach Terry Stotts pulled the starters for an all-bench lineup. San Antonio proceded to go on an 8-0 run before the starters came in and Aldridge delivered the final daggers.

With the win, the Blazers improve to 11-11 on the season, putting them just a game and a half back from the Denver Nuggets for 8th place. San Antonio's record now stands at 17-7, which is still good for first place in the Western Conference.

SA 28 17 25 27 | 87 [17-7] - Parker: 16/5/14; Ginobili: 21/1/4
POR 24 22 26 25 | 97 [11-11] - Aldridge: 32/11/2; Batum: 17/4/4

Division Standings

Oklahoma City 15-8
Minnesota 13-8
Denver 14-10
Portland 11-11
Utah 12-13
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Re: [9-11] The New Jailblazers | Week Six - Hickson Traded!

Postby Sit on Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:55 am

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Re: [11-11] The New Jailblazers | Hickson Trade + Week Seven

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Re: [11-11] The New Jailblazers | Hickson Trade + Week Seven

Postby Axel. on Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:37 pm

Nice to see you guys at .500. (Y) I like the Chuck Hayes trade. Having used Chuck Hayes a lot in 2K11, he's very useful cleaning up the boards and he's also a very underrated passer. Don't expect to get very much scoring from him though, his size severely cripples him from finishing inside against bigger bigs. A bucket a game is a good enough contribution from him on that end of the floor.
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Re: [11-11] The New Jailblazers | Hickson Trade + Week Seven

Postby Lamrock on Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:30 am

WEEK EIGHT: Dec. 17 - Dec. 23
Team Record: 12-13 (1-2)

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The Blazers opened the week with a huge double overtime win against the New Orleans Hornets, in which Aldridge dropped 39 and 15. Aldridge maintained his high level of play to win the Western Conference Player of the Week award. Unfortunately, the Blazers lost the next two games to post a 1-2 week.

Blazers Prevail In Double Overtime Classic
12/16/12 - Hornets 113 @ Blazers 114 [2OT]

LaMarcus Aldridge had 39 points 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and the Blazers needed every bit of it as they overcame a fifteen point fourth quarter deficit to prevail in double overtime against the pesky Hornets. The Hornets, likely headed to the lottery, got a huge game from Eric Gordon, which just wasn't enough. Portland meanwhile improves to 12-11, putting them in eighth place for the time being.

NO 29 27 22 15 20 | 113 [7-16] - E. Gordon: 32/6/6; A. Davis: 22/8/1
POR 18 24 21 30 21 | 114 [12-11] - Aldridge: 39/15/4 blks; Matthews: 20/4/4

Nuggets End Blazers' Win Streak With Huge 4th Quarter
12/20/12 - Nuggets 111 @ Blazers 93

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In a game that was far closer than the score suggested, the Nuggets defeated the Blazers soundly in Portland. The game was quite competitive in the first three quarters though, with Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge offering consistent scoring. Unfortunately, Portland went cold from the field and couldn't stop the Nuggets, who turned the game into a blowout in the fourth.

Wilson Chandler and Ty Lawson had huge games for the Nuggets, while Aldridge led Portland with 27, but grabbed a measly 2 rebounds. Portland falls to 12-12 and out of the playoff picture while the streaking Nuggets improve to 17-10, good for first in the division.

DEN 24 27 28 32 | 111 [17-10] - Chandler: 26/8/2; Lawson: 12/6/17
POR 22 29 25 17 | 93 [12-12] - Aldridge: 27/2/2; Lillard: 14/3/9, 6-18 FG

Beasley, Suns Out-Duel Aldridge, Blazers
12/22/12 - Suns 99 @ Blazers 92

Portland looked to be control coming off a blowout loss, dominating the first quarter against the surprisingly solid Phoenix Suns. However, Michael Beasley and co. had other plans, as the slowly chipped away at the lead, before making a big run to win the game in the fourth. LaMarcus Aldridge did all he could, dropping 36 points, but Michael Beasley had 34 himself, while Shannon Brown chipped in 23.

The game looked all but over with a 7 point spread and thirty seconds to go, but Wesley Matthews made the Suns sweat with a pair of three point makes, but ultimately, Phoenix won the intentional foul game. With the loss, Portland falls under .500 again, while the Suns continue to ascend the West standings.

PHX 20 25 27 27 | 99 [16-11] - Beasley: 34/7/3; S. Brown: 23/5/7; Dragic: 8/4/7
POR 31 20 23 18 | 92 [12-13] - Aldridge: 36/5/2; Matthews: 21/12/4; Lillard: 10/3/9

Blazers' Aldridge Wins Player of the Week

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Despite the team posting a 1-2 record over the span, Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge wins the December 17-23 West Player of the Week award. He averaged 34 points and 7.3 rebounds in the three games against the Hornets, Nuggets and Suns.
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Re: [12-13] The New Jailblazers | Week 8 - West PotW: ____ (

Postby hova- on Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:57 am

That Batum dunk is looking great. Good to see Aldridge getting some league-wide attention. I wonder how you are able to stay in the playoff race. good job.
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Re: [12-13] The New Jailblazers | Week 8 - West PotW: ____ (

Postby Lamrock on Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:32 am

Thanks man. With an HDTV and a good phone camera, I finally have fairly decent pics. A low playoff seed is my goal this season. While it may seem more logical to tank with my weak roster and get another high draft pick, Lillard has been way better than expected, and Aldridge is an all-star caliber player. The Chuck Hayes move was risky as it eats up a lot of my cap going forward, but the team's better and I may make another move to do something about that bench. The team isn't that bad, but the odds are probably against us.

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Re: [12-13] The New Jailblazers | Week 8 - West PotW: ____ (

Postby The X on Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:39 pm

hova- wrote:That Batum dunk is looking great.

Agreed! It's a great shot (Y)
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Re: [12-13] The New Jailblazers | Week 8 - West PotW: ____ (

Postby Valor on Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:38 pm

39 and 15!? (Y)

+1 for the Batum dunk, awesome stuff there :)
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Re: [12-13] The New Jailblazers | Week 8 - West PotW: ____ (

Postby Lamrock on Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:00 am

WEEK NINE: Dec. 23 - Dec. 29
Team Record: 13-16 (1-3) - 4th in division, 10th in conference

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Blurry photo shows the state all Blazers fans were in at that point.

It was a trying week for the Trailblazers, who went 1-3 to close out 2012 with a sub-.500 record. Given the team's struggling play, some have suggested the Blazers should already make another move. However, coach Terry Stotts assured reporters that he has "100 percent faith in everybody on this roster". Nonetheless, with a 13-16 record, Portland has some ground to make up to get back in the playoff picture.

Blazers Drop Third Straight In Sac-Town
12/23/12 - Blazers 99 @ Kings 106

If only the 2nd and 4th quarters counted, the Blazers would have won, but alas, the recently extended Tyreke Evans and the Kings defeated Portland. Matthews, Aldridge and Lillard played decent games, but J.J. Hickson's 13 and 6 were just too much.

POR 15 34 17 33 | 99 [12-14] - Matthews: 24/3/2; Lillard; 15/6/7; Aldridge: 18/4/1
SAC 20 29 24 33 | 106 [10-17] - T. Evans: 18/3/3; Brooks: 17/3/8; T. Robinson: 14/10/1

Blazers Get Big Revenge On Kings
12/26/12 - Kings 99 @ Blazers 117

The Blazers celebrated Boxing Day at the Rose Garden with a blowout against the Kings. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge led the way as the Blazers rode a dominant third quarter to end their losing streak and improve to 13-14.

SAC 28 32 15 25 | 99 [10-18] - T. Robinson: 19/9/1; T. Evans: 16/4/6; Hickson: 14/6/0
POR 35 30 32 20 | 117 [13-14] - Lillard: 25/3/6, 9-12 FG; Aldridge: 28/5/2; N. Smith: 19/2/3

Lakers Annihilate Blazers
12/28/12 - Blazers 78 @ Lakers 119

In a game that was never close, the struggling Lakers showed who was boss against the Blazers, blowing them out by 41 points. Portland had no answer for Kobe and Dwight's huge games as they fall to 13-15 on the year. LA meanwhile stays above water, improving to 16-14.

POR 16 17 17 28 | 78 [13-15] - Aldridge: 20/2/1; Matthews: 12/8/1; Batum: 11/4/0
LAL 25 26 40 28 | 119 [16-14] - Bryant: 35/4/8; Howard: 24/16/2; Nash: 12/4/10

Sixers Shut Down Blazers In Portland
12/29/12 - 76ers 89 @ Blazers 78

Portland will go in to the new year with a record of 13-16, as they fall apart in the second half against the 76ers. The game was very close in the first half, but the Sixers forced the Blazers into several third quarter turnovers that would ultimately cost them the game. Despite a 9-9 shooting night from Wesley Matthews, the Blazers never had much of a chance against the superior Sixers.

Nick Young led the way for Philly with 21 points. Big games to cap the year from Matthews and Lillard were not enough as they have now lost of their last six. Philadelphia meanwhile solidifies their position at the top of the Atlantic Division.

PHI 27 25 22 15 | 89 [19-12] - Young: 21/2/1; Bynum: 14/11/0; Turner: 12/4/3
POR 22 26 12 18 | 78 [13-16] - Matthews: 22/4/3, 9-9 FG; Lillard: 18/2/9; Aldridge: 15/8/1

Division Standings

3 Oklahoma City 19-11
4 Minnesota 17-10
5 Denver 19-13
Portland 13-16
Utah 14-18
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Re: [13-16] The New Jailblazers | Week 9 (final week of 2012

Postby hova- on Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:10 pm

Not a good week dropping you out of the playoff picture a bit. Lakers struggle like IRL. Any plans for the trading deadline ?
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Re: [13-16] The New Jailblazers | Week 9 (final week of 2012

Postby Sit on Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:50 pm

hova- wrote:Not a good week dropping you out of the playoff picture a bit. Lakers struggle like IRL. Any plans for the trading deadline ?


Same as in my D. I don't think they're a good sim team! :P
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Re: [13-16] The New Jailblazers | Week 9 (final week of 2012

Postby Valor on Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:56 pm

3 games below .500, a bit dangerous if you don't snap out of this slump soon man
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Re: [13-16] The New Jailblazers | Week 9 (final week of 2012

Postby Lamrock on Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:52 am

DECEMBER 2012 In Review
Team Record: 13-16 (5-8) | 4th in division, 10th in conference

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A 5-8 month for Portland as disappointing as they fell below .500 and out of the playoff picture. Portland made a move to acquire Chuck Hayes this month, but given their struggles, another would not be too surprising. Nonetheless, most expected Portland to be tanking the year and to be only two games back of the Lakers is heartening.

NBA Standings

Western Conference
1 Golden State 20-11
2 San Antonio 21-12
3 Oklahoma City 19-11
4 Minnesota 17-10
5 Denver 19-13
6 LA Clippers 18-13
7 Phoenix 18-14
8 LA Lakers 16-14
Dallas 15-16
Portland 13-16
Utah 14-18
Houston 13-18
New Orleans 11-19
Sacramento 10-20
Memphis 7-21

Eastern Conference
1 Miami 25-4
2 Chicago 21-9
3 Philadelphia 19-12
4 Brooklyn 18-13
5 New York 15-15
6 Boston 15-15
7 Milwaukee 14-15
8 Detroit 15-18
Orlando 14-17
Atlanta 13-16
Indiana 13-19
Washington 11-17
Charlotte 12-19
Toronto 11-20
Cleveland 10-22

Players of the Month:
WEST: Kevin Love (MIN) | EAST: LeBron James (MIA)
Rookies of the Month:
WEST: Anthony Davis (NO) | EAST: Bradley Beal (WAS)

Blazers Player Averages

Aldridge: 22.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG
Batum: 17.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 2.2 APG
Lillard: 15.3 PPG, 6.8 APG, 3.0 RPG
Matthews: 13.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.7 APG
N. Smith: 7.6 PPG, 3.8 APG, 2.1 RPG
Honeycutt: 4.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG
Leonard: 3.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG
Posey: 3.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG
Price: 3.1 PPG, 2.4 APG
Hayes: 1.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG

Rookie Ladder

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1. Damian Lillard (POR): 15.3 PPG, 6.8 APG, 3.0 RPG
Second in scoring and first in assists among rookies, Lillard has exceeded even the Blazers' expectations with his play. Portland is just two games out of the playoff picture and should Lillard keep this up, it just might stay that way,
2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA): 15.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG
The Bobcats are a much better team than they were last year and MKG is a big reason why. Third in scoring and second in rebounding, Kidd-Gilchrist has a good shot at the rookie of the year trophy and all-star games in the future.
3. Anthony Davis (NO): 12.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.5 BPG
Davis has been a solid defensive force but not yet a major impact player for New Orleans. Still, he puts up solid numbers, leading all rookies in blocks and being third in rebounding.
4. Bradley Beal (WAS): 16.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.9 APG
Beal leads all rookies in scoring and the Wizards are off to a slightly less terrible start than usual. He could make a push for the award should Washington make a push for the eight seed.
5. Thomas Robinson (SAC): 12.4 PPG, 9.4 RPG
Robinson came in and quickly secured the starting role in Sacramento and hasn't looked back. Robinson leads all rookies in rebounding but Sacramento already sits ten games below .500.

Transaction Report

12/8 - Blazers trade J.J. Hickson, Jared Jeffries to KIngs for Chuck Hayes, Tyler Honeycutt
12/8 - Lakers sign Jordan Hill to 4 yr, $11.2M extension
12/9 - Thunder sign Eric Maynor to 4 yr, $9.8M extension
12/9 - Blazers sign Shelden Williams to 1 yr, $473k deal
12/11 - 76ers sign Jrue Holiday to 5 yr, $49.6M extension
12/14 - Hawks sign Devin Harris to 4 yr, $24.5M extension
12/14 - Hawks sign Josh Smith to 4 yr, $47M extension
12/14 - Knicks trade Marcus Camby, '14 second rounder to Miami for Joel Anthony, '13 first rounder
12/15 - Bobcats sign Gerald Henderson to 4 yr, $13.23M extension
12/15 - Jazz sign Mo Williams to 5 yr, $40M extension
12/16 - Mavericks sign Darren Collison to 4 yr, $30M extension
12/16 - Mavericks trade Delonte West to Jazz for Jeremy Evans, 2013 1st
12/17 - Rockets sign Kevin Martin to 4 yr, $40.7M extension
12/17 - Kings sign Tyreke Evans to 5 yr, $49.75M extension
12/19 - Warriors sign Stephen Curry to 5 yr, $71M extension
12/20 - Nuggets sign Ty Lawson to 4 yr, $42.8M extension
12/21 - 76ers sign Andrew Bynum to 5 yr, $88.56M extension
12/23 - Kings trade Isaiah Thomas, James Johnson to Pacers for Terrence Williams
12/24 - Mavericks trade Dahntay Jones to Pacers for Tyler Hansbrough
12/27 - Spurs sign Manu Ginobili to 1 yr, $7.06M extension
12/30 - Mavericks trade Elton Brand for Kenyon Martin, 2013 2nd

Coaching Carousel

12/20 - Wizards Fire Randy Wittman, hire Len Tucker

Major Injuries

12/14 - Kendrick Perkins (OKC) - Broken Hand (4-6 weeks)
12/22 - Marcus Camby (MIA) - Torn Hand Ligament (4-6 weeks)
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Re: [13-16] The New Jailblazers | December 2012 In Review

Postby hova- on Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:22 pm

Good to see Lillard still doing his thing. You have to watch out though, Lakers are already some games ahead of you.
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Re: [13-16] The New Jailblazers | December 2012 In Review

Postby Lamrock on Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:37 am

Yeah, practically, I'm going after Phoenix's playoff spot. That awful finish to the month really hurt us though. I updated the monthly recap with the transaction report I forgot to include.
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Re: [13-16] The New Jailblazers | December 2012 In Review

Postby hova- on Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:25 am

Wow, too many extensions for sure ... some of them are silly as hell. I usually edit those 12M$/4y extension because they don't exist in real life. I ususally make them two year deals, like veteran minimum stuff. Much more realistic. Good luck catching Phoenix.
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Re: [13-16] The New Jailblazers | December 2012 In Review

Postby megarover on Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:57 am

Damien doing his thing...........now if only that could translate into wins. Am I the only person who didn't hear much of this guy coming out of college? He flew under the radar bigtime
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Re: [13-16] The New Jailblazers | December 2012 In Review

Postby Lamrock on Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:31 am

WEEK TEN: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5
Team Record: 15-18 (2-2) | 5th in division, 11th in conference

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Rockets Acquire James Harden

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Thunder trade G James Harden, G Daequan Cook, F Nick Collison to Rockets for G Kevin Martin, G/F Jeremy Lamb, F Jon Brockman, '13 1st rounder

In a deal that was held up by injuries and extension talks, the Thunder and Rockets have finally pulled the trigger on the deal that will send James Harden to the Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and a 2013 first rounder among other assets. The Thunder were off to a slightly disappointing start and couldn't agree to terms on an extension with Harden. Houston meanwhile will hope to avoid its fourth consecutive 9th place finish with the acquisition of a potential all-star in Harden.

Blazers Held To 21 Second Half Points, Lose Third Straight
1/1/2013 - Blazers 68 @ Knicks 94

The Blazers were shut down in the second half and were blown out by the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Melo and Stoudemire paced the Knicks offensively, but it was their defense and Lillard's struggles that won them the game. Portland drops their third straight and fall to 13-17, while the Knicks improve to 16-15.

POR 31 16 13 8 | 68 [13-17] - Aldridge: 20/4/3 blks; Batum: 8/8/1; Lillard: 10/1/7/6 TO's, 3-15 FG
NYK 26 16 23 29 | 94 [16-15] - Anthony: 27/10/5; Stoudemire: 20/10/2; Shumpert: 19/3/1

Portland Loses Fourth Straight Game
1/2/2013 - Blazers 70 @ Raptors 91

The Toronto Raptors dominated from the start with a huge first quarter and the Blazers never could put together a run to get back into the game. Despite solid play from LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian LIllard, the Blazers followed up their 68 point game at New York with a 70 point game here. That was not enough as the Raptors rode solid games from DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry to a blowout victory.

The loss puts the Blazers record at 13-18. With four straight losses and their season on the brink, their next game against the struggling Memphis Grizzlies may be a huge factor in the direction of the season. Toronto meanwhile continues to improve and push towards an unlikely playoff run.

POR 17 21 21 11 | 70 [13-18] - Aldridge: 21/9/5; Lillard: 15/5/7; Matthews: 11/4/1
TOR 32 25 19 15 | 91 [12-19] - Lowry: 11/5/12; DeRozan: 21/5/1; Bargnani: 12/3/1

Blazers' Losing Streak Ends In Memphis
1/4/2013 - Blazers 110 @ Grizzlies 100

In front of a not-so-packed Memphis crowd, the Portland Trail Blazers ended their losing streak on the backs of twenty point games by their "big three" of Nic Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. The game was competitive throughout, but the league-worst Grizzlies' defense fell apart in the fourth as Portland took the game 110-100 to improve to 14-18.

POR 29 27 22 32 | 110 [14-18] - Batum: 23/4/6; Aldridge: 24/8/1; Lillard: 20/1/6
MEM 34 24 17 25 | 100 [7-23] - M. Gasol: 21/9/2; Conley: 14/7/8; Z. Randolph: 15/7/0

Blazers Shock Wolves To End Road Trip On High Note
1/5/2013 - Blazers 97 @ Timberwolves 94

Damian Lillard showed former Blazer Brandon Roy what he thought of his comeback attempt as he torched him with an efficient 23 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. Portland finishes their road trip with an upset over the Timberwolves, who at 17-13, are fighting to hold their playoff position. Portland meanwhile improves to a more respectable 15-18.

POR 14 24 28 31 | 97 [15-18] - Lillard: 23/9/5, 10-14 FG; Aldridge: 27/8/2; Batum: 15/5/4
MIN 21 22 25 26 | 94 [17-13] - Love: 17/11/2; Pekovic: 18/8/0; Roy: 14/1/4

Division Standings

Oklahoma City 20-12
Denver 21-14
Minnesota 17-13
Utah 16-19
Portland 15-18
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Re: [15-18] The New Jailblazers | Week 10 In Review!

Postby Sit on Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:41 pm

Good to see the Harden deal go through in yours. Looks like you had the same issue as me. Starting before it all went down.

Nice job from Lillard against Roy. (Y) You're doing it tough in a strong division!
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Re: [15-18] The New Jailblazers | Week 10 In Review!

Postby Justine. on Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:20 pm

Finally, losing streak was over. Hoping you could make a run for the Playoffs.
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Re: [15-18] The New Jailblazers | Week 10 In Review!

Postby Valor on Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:52 am

Was it the Knicks playing great def or your o stinking it up in that game? :shock:
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Re: [15-18] The New Jailblazers | Week 10 In Review!

Postby Lamrock on Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:57 am

Sit, Yeah, unfortunately the game still disallows trading of injured players, so I had to make a work-around deal. Hopefully it's still fair. I'm still optimistic about our playoff chances, although I probably shouldn't be...

Justine., Indeed, it was about damn time.

Valor, A little bit of both, but mostly the latter. :P

Next week coming up. Will the Blazers stay in the playoff picture or be forced to make another deal? Stay tuned to find out.
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Re: [15-18] The New Jailblazers | Week 10 In Review!

Postby Lamrock on Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:58 am

Week ELEVEN: 1/6 - 1/13
Team Record: 16-20 (1-2) | 5th in division, 11th in conference

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It was another difficult week for Portland as they lose two of three to fall even further out of the playoff picture at 16-20. To their credit, nobody expected them to beat the Heat, but it is nonetheless disappointing for the team's fleeting post-season hopes. With the trade deadline a month away, all eyes will be on the Blazers to make another move.

Portland Wins Third Straight Game
1/7/2013 - Magic 98 @ Blazers 103

Thanks to all ten players in the Blazer rotation showing up, the Blazers were able to eke out a win over the Magic for their third straight. The game was close throughout as Jameer Nelson had the hot hand, but the Blazers took control late in the second and their fluid offense kept them on top. They improve to 16-18, while the Magic fall to 15-19. Portland will be visited by the 27-6 Miami Heat next.

ORL 25 21 25 27 | 98 [15-19] - Nelson: 24/2/5, 9-12 FG; Harrington: 20/6/0; Afflalo: 15/2/6
POR 21 31 24 27 | 103 [16-18] - Aldridge: 20/9/0; Lillard: 20/2/6; Matthews: 16/4/2

Blazers Come Up Short Against Heat
1/10/2013 - Heat 110 @ Blazers 95

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The Portland Trailblazers showed up to play against the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, so did the Heat. In a game closer than the final score suggested, the Blazers' fluid offense kept them in it. They couldn't stop Dwyane Wade and LeBron however as it was a dunk-fest. Ultimately, a late run fell short and the Heat ran up the score to win it 110-95.

LaMarcus Aldridge had a solid game, while Lillard had 24 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. However, for Miami, LeBron had 33 and Wade had 32. "We played hard, and I'm proud of my guys. However, our interior defense is a disaster", commented coach Terry Stotts after the game. The loss ends a three game winning streak for Portland as they fall to 16-19.

MIA 24 27 28 31 | 110 [28-6] - L. James: 33/6/12; Wade: 32/7/2, 15-19 FG; Bosh: 12/11/2
POR 19 23 30 23 | 95 [16-19] - Lillard: 22/9/9; Aldridge: 24/8/3; Batum: 13/6/3

Curry Carries Warriors Past Blazers
1/11/2013 - Blazers 96 @ Warriors 103

The Golden State Warriors have been one of the surprise teams this season, and they showed why, defeating the Blazers behind a big game from Stephen Curry. To the Blazers' credit, they were in it until the end, but ultimately fell short. Their record now stands at 16-20.

POR 27 20 18 31 | 96 [16-20] - Lillard: 25/1/3; Batum: 17/10/23; N. Smith: 18/1/1
GSW 23 23 26 31 | 103 [22-13] - S. Curry: 29/5/6; D. Lee: 17/7/3; Jack: 13/7/5

Division Standings

3 Oklahoma City 22-14
4 Denver 23-15
5 Minnesota 19-14
Utah 19-20
Portland 16-20
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Re: [16-20] The New Jailblazers | Week #11 (POR vs. MIA)

Postby Khanwarrior on Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:07 am

You need to start winning, and fast. Are you targeting anybody in particular before the deadline?
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Re: [16-20] The New Jailblazers | Week #11 (POR vs. MIA)

Postby Valor on Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:46 am

Tough luck recently, your D prob needs more work if you wanna start winning some more games :wink:
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Re: [16-20] The New Jailblazers | Week #11 (POR vs. MIA)

Postby Sit on Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:01 am

Tank for a high lottery pick. ;)

Even a mid lottery pick could get you Will Sit. I think this will be the first time Will Sit does not mind going to Portland (ok... maybe second cause last time we won it all). All the other reincarnations usually did go there. :lol:
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Re: [16-20] The New Jailblazers | Week #11 (POR vs. MIA)

Postby Lamrock on Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:22 am

BEHIND THE SCENES

Chapter 3: The Deal

Following a tough loss at the hands of the Warriors, Liam and Neil had both come to the agreement that another trade had to be made. The question was, do we try to win now, or blow it up?

Nolan Smith and Luke Babbitt were instantly placed on the trading block. Five teams showed interest: Toronto, Boston, Phoenix, Minnesota and Dallas. Olshey and Washburn looked at each other and knew which offer they would take.

Luke Babbitt was thrilled to shed his bench warmer title for a new start, but Most Improved Player candidate Nolan Smith was not - so much so that he refused to shake Neil Olshey's hand on the way out.

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"For three... it's good! 13 points already for the newest member of the Blazers and counting. Steve, how do you feel about the trade the Blazers made?"

"I don't know, Kevin. It's a pretty big risk for a team that's probably going to miss the playoffs- oh, SPEAK OF THE DEVIL!"

"Well, for what it's worth, it's going to be an interesting second half of the season for Portland. We have to take a break, but we'll be right back. Portland up 8."

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"I've got to give it to you, Liam. I think that trade is going to get us into the playoffs."

Liam smiled and replied, "so how do you feel about getting Nellie out of retirement now?"

Neil Olshey chuckled. "No, but I'll consider signing Luther Head. Let's give 'em head!"

Paul Allen walked in right at that moment, then turned around and left.

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COMPETITION TIME: Fill in the blanks!

Blazers trade Nolan Smith, Luke Babbitt, Dan Gadzuric, 2014 second rounder to _______ for _______, ________ and _________
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Re: [16-20] The New Jailblazers | Behind The Scenes 3 (Trade

Postby Martti. on Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:14 am

Boston for Sullinger, Wilcox and 2013 2nd.
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Re: [16-20] The New Jailblazers | Behind The Scenes 3 (Trade

Postby Khanwarrior on Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:07 am

Boston for Lee, Wilcox and 2013 2nd.
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