Posted by: Kingsguru21 | April 3, 2010

Game #77: Portland TrailBlazers at Kings

The kings of PDX, literally, stroll into Arco sporting a 46-30 record against our beloved dipshits who stand at the goody goody gumdrops record of 24-52. It’s an even contest, dontcha think?

Portland comes in playing slow. They still revolve around Brandon Roy. LaMarcus Aldridge, for all the reasons PDX fans hate him–justified or no–is still a very good player, and Nate McMillan is still a terrific coach. There is a reason the Blazers despite a 46-30 record, crippling injuries, and paranoia around the front office (and coaching staff) at the moment.

They have a lot of talent, resources, and they make use of them.

For the Kings to win tonight, Tyreke Evans will have to push the pace. Portland is the slowest team in the Association, and that takes it’s toll sometimes.

I’ll say this: It’s a lot easier for a running team to impose it’s will at home than on the road. This is infinitely more true of a young team (which the Kings have yes?) that is still learning and feeling it’s way along.

3 keys to the game:

1) Tyreke must push the pace at all costs regardless of stats or anything else
2) Beno must have a stellar game to make the Blazers pay for using Nicholas Batum on Tyreke all game long
3) Donte Greene and Omri Casspi must have terrific games and stay active all game

If none of those 3 things happen, you can forget a win tonight. The Kings are not likely to beat the Blazers in a halfcourt game because that’s what the Blazers do and they’re very very good at it.

Game is at 7pm PST, TV is CSNCA, and Radio is 1140. Enjoy!

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Responses

  1. Tough night for Reke. I know the 20-5-5 thing doesn’t really matter in the large scheme, but I really want to see him accomplish it.

    His scoring has been so consistent all year, I figured that would be the one category that he was a shoe-in to keep above the aforementioned threshold.

    But with his 6 point performance last night, Aykis16 over at STR says that he is one point behind the pace. I know Tyreke is watching his stat line and wants to join Oscar/Jordan/James. I don’t know it, but I know it.

    Most times, he seems content to get 20. It’ll be interesting to see if he has some sort of 35(or so) point outburst somewhere in these last 5 games to help seal the deal.

    He has his work cut out for him, however as the last 5 opponents (SA, LAL, LAC, DAL, HOU, not in order) either have bigs to help stop Tyreke at the rim, or a guy names Battier that doesn’t need the help of a big man.

    In a season of less than 30 wins, you need sub-plots to stay interested. Individual stats are a better sub-plot to me than popcorn, chocolate syrup and shaving cream.

    Do you give a shit about this, Pookey? Or is your head already too deep in the draft to pay attention?

    • Yeah I give a shit (on a low level & not too deeply) whether Reke gets his 20-5-5. I think he has his work cut out for him, but I think it’s likely he’ll get there.


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