Game 5. I think game 5 was a good game no matter what people say. There was a few wtf moments in there, but that's expected in basketball. Our bad defense still kept Broy in check, 9-20 and only 6 foul shots? I'll take that. Outlaw and Fernandez shot a combined 6-20 for 17 points. Aldridge and.....Steve Blake? Were the people killing us. Aldridge offset Luis Scola's performance and Blake came up with some big shots to either stop a Rockets run, or start a Blazers run. We can't have that especially when our pg's are a non factor.
Game 6 should be a turnaround. This is our game 7. If we lose this, then I won't bother with watching game 7. This will prove how hungry we are. I pray that somehow, Yao will get more than 2 touches in the 1st quarter. He should start aggressive. I thought he did a pretty good job with his position. But we just wouldn't get him the ball. If he's aggressive to start the game, he'll either score or put the big 2 in foul trouble or both. Which will help us tremendously. Von Wafer needs to step his game up. I'm not talking about offensively, I'm talking about all around. Boxing out, swinging the ball around, and taking better shots. Arron Brooks had a horrible game. It just wasn't his night. He had open 3's but they just wouldn't fall. That better change game 6. We have too many players who have the ability to make the Blazers pay to not take advantage of it. Scola was the only beneficiary but he got into foul trouble. Coach needs to learn how to coach the game as it's being played. Not how he wants to coach it. If the game isn't going your way, call a timeout and make it go your way. Don't hope the players get themselves out of it. You're the coach, you have to guide them.
Keys to win- Yao needs to get more touches. Scola needs to continue his offensive production. At least 3 of our role players need to step it up. Keep Broy and LA within the 23 points or less. Play team ball. Play like you want to play and do what you have to do to stay in the game. Learn when to lob and how to lob.