Jason Quick had a pretty cool article about the team off the court. Check it out here, below I have included my favorite part.
As the rest of the media horde listened, people starting trying to guess which player asked, but was not given, Roy's shoes.
"...Sebastian (Telfair)?" came one of the guesses.
"(Bleep) Sebastian," a disgusted voice said nearby.
That voice was Blazers guard Jerryd Bayless, whose locker is next to Roy's. There were a few "oohs" when he said it, and jokingly I turned to Bayless and said "Quote, unquote", playfully threatening to quote him.
"I don't care,'' Bayless said, cinching up his tie.
Later, I went back to Bayless and made sure I could quote him.
"As long as you don't use the cuss word,'' Bayless said.
After a HUGE win over the Lakers that was mired in controversy, the Blazers have maybe an even more important game tonight at the Rose Garden. The Dallas Mavericks roll into town, as the only western conference team that Blazers have not beat this year. Hopefully that streak ends tonight.
A bonus for the Blazers is swingman Josh Howard is out for tonight’s game, giving
Keys to the Game
- Be Physical With Dirk
- Aldridge needs to body up on Dirk and not let him get easy and open looks. If he does, he will kill us the entire night. Force him to take tough shots right out the gate and don’t let him find a shooting rhythm.
- Defend the Pick and Roll
- Anyone who watched the Christmas day game versus the Mavs knows that we got hammered on their pick and rolls. We need to fight through the picks and look to rotate and help quickly so we don’t leave any of the shooters open.
- Play With the Same Aggressiveness and Energy As We Did Versus LA
- If the Blazers can harness that energy that was put forth last game versus LA, we could have a serious team on our hands. I hope this is the case tonight versus the Mavs.
I am going with the Mavericks and the over. I think