Posts Tagged ‘Rip City’

24-Second thoughts — May 10

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com


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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — It’s all about you, tonight, Deron Williams.

Someone has to be in the eye of the 2014 playoffs storm every night and since Roy Hibbert is off, it’s most definitely your turn.

World’s watching.

Brooklyn is definitely watching!

What’s it gonna be?

Heat @ Nets … #nosleeptilbrooklyn

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#ForBrooklyn

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24 — A quick Schuhbie Stat you can dip in ranch or blue cheese to get us ready …

And a little mood setter, too …

This is even better …

23 — I wonder if it bothers opponents to see LeBron James run through them in the lane like Godzilla through the middle of the city? #freighttrainjames

And he does it on both ends …

22 — The #NBAStyle Police have an APB out for Dwyane Wade

21 — Shaun Livingston from deep to end the first …(#freighttrainjames with 16 points in 12 minutes for the Heat)

20 — It should be bonkers at the Moda Center in Portland tonight for Game 3 of this playoff double-header (#RipCity) …

— #RedOut

19 — The D. Will-Hibbert connection strikes again …

18 — “Hey, I’m trying to watch the game people!”

17 — Another coaching vacancy coming?


VIDEO: Joe Johnson was hotter than fish grease in the first half

16 — The Barclays Bounce has the Nets playing with a wicked flow tonight. They’ve got it rocking. Ball is rotating like crazy on offense. The energy on both ends is high. They’ve got their largest lead of the series, 68-56 inside of five minutes to play in the third quarter.

It also helps when the elders move like they did years ago …

15 — There’s a Teletovic Outbreak in Brooklyn right now!

“Brooklyn” chants cranking up with the Nets blowing the game open in the third quarter. D. Will even hit a 3!

14 — Dust up time. Ray Allen vs Alan Anderson (I’m predicting double techs, nothing more … this game is over, btw! Nets raining 3s all night. It’s a wrap.)

13 — From the “What in the name of Naismith?” files …


VIDEO: Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts checks in before tip-off

12 — We get Jay, Bey and Jake in Brooklyn. But they’ve got stars in Portland, too!

Jimmy Goldstein, too!

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Jimmy and I again.

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11 — A staggering 15-for-25 from deep for the Nets in a 14-point win to make things interesting …

But …

10 — Hey Underdog, “put that on a T-shirt!”

9 — Portland, we have a problem!

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8 — This look sums it all up for the home crowd in Portland …

7 — Bow down to Timmy, passing Karl Malone for 5th place on the career playoff scoring list …

6 — You don’t need advanced stats, analytics or any other tools when you have just plain math …

5 — I’ve been in the Moda Center (it was the Rose Garden then) when the home made runs like these. It can go from  zero to nuclear in a matter of seconds …

4 — That’s the idea #edgeofyourseat …

3 — Gregg Popovich spares no one!

And the results can be, in a word, breathtaking …

They’ve got this basketball thing down, too!

2 — Hard to argue with this at the moment, but we know where to find you when the season is done if your crystal ball has a crack in it  …

1 — Spurs fans don’t need to hang their heads. Your team just ran into a machine. Spurs have been at this, at this level, for nearly tw decades. #SpursWayDon’tPlay

#thenightdalightswentoutinripcity


VIDEO: Tim Duncan joins the playoff Fab Five!

Sellout Streak In Jeopardy?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Ask anyone that’s covered NBA games for a living to name the three best home court atmospheres and the Rose Garden in Portland is sure to make their short list.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the regular season or a playoff game. Folks in Portland love their Trail Blazers (and sports teams in general). So you can imagine the immediate reaction I had when I saw this ditty from the Oregonian‘s John Canzano questioning whether or not the Trail Blazers’ 166-game sellout streak might be in jeopardy when they return from their current six-game road trip for back-to-back games against the Kings (Jan. 23) and Hang Time Grizzlies (Jan. 24):

… insiders at One Center Court tell me that there’s some minor angst internally about the streak surviving those back-to-back games against chronic lower-tier opponents.

“You have no idea how difficult it is to pull off a sellout,” one high-ranking Blazers official told me. “It’s a siege to pull off a single sellout.”

Team president Larry Miller said he’s looked at those two games and feels, “we have a pretty good shot at a sellout, but it’s not easy.” And the Blazers are hoping a productive road trip and some smart marketing will move Blazers fans to buy tickets and keep the streak alive.

“You definitely have to look at certain games and try to figure out how to position them and market them,” Miller said. “But I think the community feels connected to the players and views the arena as the place to be on a game night.”

As much as I’d hate to see the streak come to an end, the realities of what’s going on around the country right now economically are staring us all in the face. Sitting in Philips Arena Monday afternoon — on a holiday — and seeing thousands of empty seats brings home the bottom-line impact this recession is having on the game.

Miller is right, it’s not easy … even in a hoops hotbed like Portland (or anywhere else right now).

But if I had to break the piggy bank here at the hideout and put some money on any one fan base rising up and making sure their sellout streak continues, I’m going with the folks in Rip City!

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Rip City Crowd As Good As It Gets

PORTLAND — Good luck finding a player throughout these playoffs that doesn’t believe the home fans in his city aren’t the very best the NBA has to offer.

From Los Angeles to Orlando to Oklahoma City to Boston and back, it seems every player is convinced that the extra energy boost needed will be provided by those thousands of screaming fans filling the seats.

Brandon Roy said he will put the Rose Garden faithful up against any crowd in the league. And having visited every arena in this league multiple times, it’s hard to argue with him.

Blazers fans are in their seats and cheering while players are doing their individual workouts 90 minutes before games, during the preseason. Seriously, I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes before. They filled up the Rose Garden to watch Game 1 of this series … the game was in Dallas!

They were off the charts Thursday night for Game 3 and should be even more amped up this afternoon for Game 4, as Roy and the Blazers attempt to tie this series up at two games apiece.

“That’s how our fans have always been,” Roy said. “I’ve been to arenas, and even the (crowd in the) Dallas arena was good. But our fans, it’s just something about them. They cheer on every shot, every time you chase down a loose ball. They’re chanting, ‘Let’s go Blazers,’ during warmups.  You can feel that energy and urge, you just know they want us to win so much. It definitely carries us to wins, and that’s a big reason why we look forward to playing before our fans. They give us that extra bit of energy we need to get over the hump in close games.”

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who spent three years as an assistant here earlier in his career, has a better understanding than most of the crowd dynamic here in Portland and what it can mean for the home team.

“It’s as good as any crowd that I’ve been involved with, and that goes back to my experience as a coach here for three years,” Carlisle said. “If you’re a player for the Trail Blazers, the fanbase and energy you get in the building is one of the byproducts of this being a great place to play.”