The last time this happened.

Whenever something occurs for the first time in a while and I’m not talking the first time in two years, but the first time in say 20 years and so on, there’s a tendency to think back what was going on the last time it happened.

Case in point Sunday night at about 11 PM if you were watching or following the Islanders in double overtime against the Florida Panthers.  We had known it had been May 14, 1993 when the Islanders last won a playoff series, but in reality we might not have grasped how long ago it actually was until John Tavares moved behind the net and put the backhander past Roberto Luongo.

Delirium. Madness.  Drama.

Followed by the realization of how long it had actually been.  It was 8,381 days since David Volek took a cross ice pass from Ray Ferraro, lifted a one-timer over Tom Barrasso as Mario Lemieux skated off without a chance to win a third straight Stanley Cup.

I remember the goal but didn’t see it live because I was attending a play a family friend was appearing in.  I’d imagine we taped the game even if we lean towards the Rangers.

After all, game seven is game seven.

At the moment when Volek’s goal went in, I was in eighth grade, proud to be a Knicks fan. Because in 1993, the Knicks were normal with their rough and tumble style of play and following a 60-win regular season under Pat Riley, I was sure it was their year to win it.

We’d learn a few weeks later it wasn’t and eight years later, the road to laughingstock and dysfunction began.

As for baseball, the Mets were careening towards an even worse disaster than the previous year when the Worst Team Money Could Buy (45 million payroll) was 72-90.At this point, they were 12-21 following an 8-7 loss to Montreal which featured first inning errors by Bobby Bonilla and Jeff Kent.

Now the Mets are far from a  the 103-loss disaster of Jeff Torborg and Dallas Green.  They reached dysfunction status from 2009-10 following collapses in 2007 and 2008 but a slow gradual rebuild has taken shape with a team capable of reaching the World Series.

For the Yankees, this was the second month of 23 straight winning seasons.  After years of dysfunction leading to 1989-1992, the Yankees were 19-16 following an 8-6 loss at the Stadium to the Blue Jays.  The Blue Jays won this game on a two-run home by John Olerud in the ninth and beat the Yankees by seven games en route to a World Series.

The Yankees won a lot more, but also lost some. Their current drought is three years without a playoff win which is nothing compared to the Islanders.

In the country, Bill Clinton was nearly four months into his presidency. Now his wife hopes she’s about nine months from becoming the next  president.

Musically, Janet Jackson was No.1 at the top of the charts.  A Movie version of Lost In Yonkers, which I had seen on Broadway in 1991 was released.

Countless other things have happened in between wins.  Perhaps the most amazing is Jaromir Jagr played in both games. He was a young Penguin and is a senior member of the Panthers, who plays young.

This is a somewhat short post. Imagine how long it’d be if this was about the Toronto Maple Leafs finally wining their long awaited Stanley Cup.


A weekend at the NCAA tournament

The third weekend in March is when everyone pays close attention to college basketball. If not everyone then a significant amount of people who were not paying close attention to it until then.

It is the NCAA tournament which is among the best postseason events to watch on television if not the best.  The single elimination concept creates bigger urgency knowing that a season or a college career can be over quickly.  It plays well on television but it plays even better in person.

Until this weekend I had no idea about the in person part. I suspected seeing it in person would be something really cool but never had the opportunity.  When I was at St. John’s the closest I came to being involved with the NCAA tournament was producing the 1998 first-round loss to Detroit from Chicago in my first weeks of the campus radio station at 9 pm on a Friday night inside a quiet building.

So other than putting the phone on hold and pushing a button to get it on the air, I never had direct involvement.  I did cover basketball for college media but the one year I did extensively was 2000-01 and it was the only time the team didn’t make the NCAAs while I was there because of how terrible they played down the stretch. The disappointing season came a year after they were a two seed and I watched them lose to Gonzaga at the bar of the ESPN Zone in Times Square.

I don’t remember when the announcement was made but when it was announced the first and second round would be coming to Brooklyn, I thought how cool it would be to work at such an event. I just didn’t know how or for who.

Then I started to help the Associated Press on college basketball last year by doing quotes for various games in 2014-15 and occasionally writing some game stories this season along with running quotes.  Helping out with quotes in New York means you’re helping out a Hall of Fame basketball writer in Jim O’Connell and by aiding the game stories in such a way it earns you a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Sure it would have been cool to write some things, but in the roughly 34 hours I was at the tournament I sat by the court and on the side where Iowa’s Adam Woodbury beat Temple and where Notre Dame’s Rex Pflueger beat Stephen F. Austin.  I even asked the following questions at some of these press conferences and I’d like to think they weren’t dumb and the answers were decent.

March 17

Q:You were the associate head coach four years ago when you lost the 16 game to Syracuse by seven. What are some things you can impart from that experience to the team in this game?
COACH MCDEVITT: We talked about this week that one of the reasons we felt like we were in that game was because of the preparation leading up to the game. Our team wasn’t — that year, in 2012, just happy to be here. They wanted to win and felt like they could win. So we talked to our young men here about having the same kind of attitude and effort leading up to the game.

Our practices were going to have to be tough. The attitude toward the game was going to have to be we want to win. Otherwise, you have no chance before the ball goes in the air.

Some of the players were up here talking about buying into the defensive system. From your perspective, what was that like getting the buy-in like pretty early in the season?
BOB HUGGINS: It really wasn’t that hard. I kind of asked them if they all wanted to play, and they all said they did, and I said, well, we can play all of you, but we’re going to have to play this way. You know, it’s going to take a great amount of effort on every one of your parts, but you’re all going to get to play. I really think it’s helped our team chemistry. I think it’s helped our esprit de corps, so to speak.

I think it’s been really good. I think they enjoy it.

Q. You mentioned Coach Huggins. In the one year you spent working with him in ’06/’07 at Kansas State, what are some of the things that you picked up from him?
BRAD UNDERWOOD: Well, there’s two things that Huggs did that were unbelievably impressive to me. One is, as a head coach, I’ve never been around or had seen anyone who spent as much time recruiting as he did, as a head coach. Fabulous, fabulous recruiter and spent tremendous time.

The other thing is he’s the single best communicator with people and with players that I’ve ever seen. Just had an unbelievable way of effecting young men in a positive way and can get on him and get the best out of them on the basketball court and then just so caring and so involved in their everyday life. It’s a reason he’s been successful and as a hall of fame coach approaching 800 wins. His players love him to death, and it was a great learning experience for me.

March 18

Q. Obviously, you practiced for it, but what is it that you were able to do to limit your turnovers? You only had seven against a team that’s known for forcing turnovers.
BRAD UNDERWOOD: Well, we don’t rely on one ball handler is a big part of it. We’re positionless. You saw in the first half, we had TJ Holyfield, the freshman five, who’s really a small forward in nature, bring the ball up the court. C.J. Williams, we recruit those type of guys. Thomas handles the ball a lot. It’s all matchup based for us, and it was a reason two years ago in the VCU game that we were able to have some success because it’s multiple ball handlers. We did talk about playing under their hands. And then staying 15 feet from the guy with the ball. So when they ran and jumped, we had great spacing, and we wanted to attack from there.

March 19:

Q: You mentioned earlier that you’ve been hearing all the talk about the second round going back to the summertime. I’m just wondering, what are some of the conversations like? 
DANIEL OCHEFU: No, just fans coming up to us saying, we’re going to make it this year. We’re going to get them this year. We’re going to get past the second round. Back then, we didn’t even know if we were going to be in the tournament yet. It was just going through the whole year hearing that, it was kind of annoying, but everybody has the right to say just because it just means they expect better things of us, just like how we expect of ourselves.

On TV you see the joy and you see the agony. In person, it’s magnified significantly.

Other than the two Villanova blowouts, the other four games were compelling.


There was Iowa-Temple going to overtime with the Hawkeyes winning on a tip-in off an air-ball. There was Stephen F. Austin celebrating its win over West Virginia and the dramatics of Notre Dame beating Michigan late Friday night and Stephen F. Austin Sunday.

In game, you see the emotion and excitement and occasionally hear things over the crowd noise, such as coaches like Bob Huggins yelling at the refs and imploring his team to get it together.



You see players like Thomas Walkup become a media star, talk about his beard and other things. It’s not the first time he has pulled off the upset. They beat VCU in the 5-12 game two years ago but being a 14th seed seems even more magnified.


You hear things like the Notre Dame players say it’s on to Philly after getting to the Sweet 16 as they run to the locker room after getting a miracle tip-in from someone who rarely scores a point.


You hear the applause inside the Villanova locker room and the relief that they can finally answer questions about winning the second round after a narrative which essentially began when the Wildcats lost to North Carolina State.

You hear the quiet din of the Iowa locker room, reflecting on a successful season but also lamenting not having an answer for Villanova. You hear the emotion of Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood when talking about his best player by saying:

“He’s a better kid than he is a player, and that’s what I’ll miss. He’s funny. He’s smart. This is what this is about. He’s everything that this is about. It’s relationships, it’s people, it’s a student-athlete with two degrees. It’s a student-athlete who made himself great. How do you not fall in love with a kid like that?

“And we use the term love a lot in our program. He’s got a wonderful family. There’s not enough adjectives to say what I feel about that young man. He’s going to go make it in whatever endeavor he chooses beyond basketball, with basketball, whatever. I love that kid to death.

The NCAA and sports leagues give us many justifiable reasons to be cynical and negative.


The event known as March Madness shows some of the human side of it. Seeing it in person enhances what you see on TV even if all I did was contribute to six game stories and six advance stories by getting quotes from locker rooms and press conferences.

Four straight days at an event can be tiring but thinking about what you saw keeps me energized, especially after seeing what unfolded on TV in other venues. Next year Madison Square Garden gets the East Regional and it seems likely Brooklyn will get future NCAA tournament games.

Based on this weekend, I look forward to being at the NCAA tournament again and seeing more shining moments.



Placing Anthony Davis in context of 59-point scorers

Chalk this up to a case of win some, lose some in terms of being able to watch for me.

On Jan. 25, DeMarcus Cousins scored 56 and I was able to watch it because whatever I was working on allowed me to be home by 11 pm.  He would have gotten 59 or more if he didn’t fouled out.

This brings us to Anthony Davis. The schedule called for me to be at the Nets-Hornets game,  which began at 6:00 so I had no idea Davis had 59 until I checked the app (yay technology!).

This is what we know about the game based on information released by the Pelicans, who likely obtained it from the Elias Sports Bureau.

1 – Davis is the third player since 1983 to achieve at least 50 points, 20 rebounds.

2 – Davis broke the scoring record for Detroit’s building. LeBron James had the old mark of 48 during his epic Eastern Conference finals game in 2007.

3 –  Davis broke the franchise record. The previous was 50 by Jamal Mashburn on Feb. 21, 2003 against Memphis. In the 50-point game, Masburn was 17-of-33, 4-of-7 from 3-point range and hit the game-winning fallaway in overtime.

4 – Davis is the third player to get at least 55 and 20 rebounds in the last 50 years. Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain are the others.

So how did this kind of game unfold. Let’s take a look at the game book:

First Quarter

2 – six-foot jumper

4 – 16-foot jumper

6 – seven-foot hook shot

8 – five-foot hook shot

Second quarter

10 – layup

12 – layup

14 -21-foot step back jumper

16 – dunk

18 – 15-foot step back jumper

19 – free throw

21 – putback dunk

23 – dunk

24 – free throw

26  — tip layup shot

Third quarter

28 – eight-foot hook shot

30 – 13-foot jumper

32 – tip layup

35 – 26-foot 3-pointer

37 – seven-foot floating jumper

38 – technical foul shot

40 – 18-foot jump shot

Fourth quarter

42 – free throws

44 – 14-foot jumper

46 – free throws

48 – 21-foot jump shot

50 – nine-foot jump shot

52 – dunk

55 – 3-pointer

57 – 14-foot fadeway jumper

59 – free throws

So it got me wondering if any players such as Wilt Chamberlain had any 59 point games. (I know he did, 100 point game), so how many others did he get? only goes back to 1963-64 in terms of points when you do the finders for various players. So using 1963-64 as our starting off point, Chamberlain had 10 games with at least 59 points.

The first was Dec. 6, 1963 against the Lakers. Chamberlain scored 59 in a 110-103 loss, mostly because the next highest scorer had 16 and Chamberlain missed 14 free throws. Chamberlain won eight of those games and hit 256 field goals.

Before I looked it up, I thought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had at least one game with 59 points but I was wrong. His highest point total was 55 when he hit 23 field goals for Milwaukee against Boston on Dec. 10, 1971 in a 120-104 wins. In this game, the next highest scorer was Bob Dandridge with 23.

Michael Jordan is famous for many things, including the 63-point playoff game against the Celtics in 1986. He had five games of at least 59 points during the regular season with a 69-point game, a 64-point game, two games with 61 points and one with 59.

In those five games, he shot 60.5 percent (115-of-190) and this was with him going 3 of 15 from 3-point range.

The first time he did it was April 3, 1988 at Detroit. He had 32 at halftime in a gme Scottie Pippen did not start and hit the winning free throws with four seconds left in a game when the Bulls did not get a basket in the last 5 1/2 minutes.

As for big games I’ve seen in person, I saw the 61-point game by Kobe Bryant. I’m pretty sure I was home for most of the 81-point game. I also saw the 52-point game by LeBron James for Cleveland, the 52-point game by Jamal Crawford in 2007 and the 54-point game by Stephen Curry.

Regardless of how it’s compared, what Anthony Davis did Sunday afternoon is pretty cool.




The trade deadline in real time

By now if you haven’t heard yesterday was the NBA trade deadline. It has been a bonanza of a day with several names rumored to change teams. Sometimes a majority of those rumored to move actually get dealt. Yesterday was not one of those occasions in case you’re still looking for a Dwight Howard trade.

It’s best to summarize the day like an episode of Dragnet (with the time and event). Of course I could just read Woj’s timeline but where’s the fun in one set of tweets?


10:15 – Nets announce the GM search is over, hiring Sean Marks. They hire him two days after offering him the job and a day after the owner jokes about never hearing of him. – press release sent to my email.

Snide Remark: It’s like when the white smoke occurs when a new pope is announced.

11:10 – Pau Gasol does not believe he will be traded. But he knows things can change at the last minute. – Nick Friedell – Bulls reporter ESPN Chicago.

Snide Remark: He must know something we don’t.

11:10 – Report:  Celtics could acquire Kevin Love in “very fragile” three-way trade involving Ryan Anderson – Kurt Helin (NBA basketball talk).

Snide Remark: “Very fragile” means holding you up for a first-round pick because the Celtics can never enough.

11:13 – Several teams with interest in trading for Brooklyn’s Thaddeus Young already trying to reach Sean Marks to see where Nets stand on him. – Adrian Wojnarowski

Snide Remark: Where did I put the piece of paper with the new Nets GM number?

11:17 – As of yesterday, the Lakers and Roy Hibbert had not discussed a buyout, I’ve been told. Could change post-trade deadline. – Jeff Zillgitt USA Today. Side note every time I see the words buyout in the NBA, I think of this scene from the Simpsons.

Snide Remark: Buy him out Boys! (Bill Gates cackle)

11:24 – Sources: Atlanta’s expressing its intentions to rivals that Hawks plan to keep team intact at deadline, holding onto Horford and key guards. – Adrian Wojnarowski.

Snide remark: Anyone we think isn’t any good is on the table.

11:31 – Two teams interested in seeing where Sean Marks stands on Thaddeus Young: Toronto and Boston. Likely more, Young an appealing player. – Chris Mannix

Snide Remark: We don’t really want to force the Nets into another bad trade on the first day of the new guy’s job.

11:38 — While Ty Lawson talks died, the playoff hopeful Jazz is still trying to add a much-needed point guard before the trade deadline. – Marc Spears.

Snide Remark: We can probably do better, besides Duke guys don’t coach UNC players right?

11:39-11:53 Nothing happened.

11:54 – Not sure if this is out there, but… hearing that if nothing else happens today for Heat, Jarnell Stokes likely dealt for pick, tax. – Ethan Skolnick Miami Heat beat writer.

Snide remark: Read my lips, no new luxury taxes!

11:55 adjourn for lunch, acquired a sandwich for a protected first-round pick and tax relief..

12:11 – Music video for Europe’s The Final Countdown appears on VH1 Classic’s Rockfest. It’s the song often played before last second shot attempts in the NBA. Clearly written for the final hours of the NBA trade deadline.

12:18 Getting a sense that Nets getting interesting offers, may do a deal. NOT Brook or Thad-based. I know no more.- Netsdaily.

Snide remark: We have no idea just like the Nets at times.

12:20 Houston has traded Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton to the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell  – Finally a trade!

Snide remark: About damn time!

1:00 I had to go to work on writing these stories.

Thunder trade for Foye

Pistons acquire Thornton

Frye to Cavaliers

Morris to Wizards

Stephenson traded for Green

In total I wrote stories on nine trades. Plus a fairly sizable roundup summarizing the action.

I think they had all made sense and included all of the important elements such as money and statistics.

And the social media aftermath

5:20 pm Something to monitor in Memphis: Matt Barnes and Lance Stephenson are teammates. – @Sbondynydn

Snide remark: Assume the Fox viewing position for this reality show.

5:22 pm Morris trade isn’t official yet so Wittman couldn’t comment on it. – @Jorgecastillo

Snide remark: Nobody told me anything or I was instructed to keep it in the vault.

5:34 – Budenholzer said Hawks were never close to trading Al Horford or Jeff Teague. @cvivlamoreAJC

Snide remark: We just wanted to give you all something to speculate on in your spare time.

After dinner:

7:03 – Sixers officially announce a trade, Denver’s 2017 second round pick from Houston and center Joel Anthony from the Detroit Pistons as part of a multi-team trade in which the Sixers sent the rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum to the Houston Rockets. In case you were wondering (I was), Maduabum  has played in Qatar, Estonia, Mongolia, Iceland, Finland and his rights have been traded three times. Imagine if he gets traded to Milwaukee and makes the game-winning pass to Giannis Antekounmpo while on deadline in a second overtime.

7:19- Exits trade deadline cocoon and sees CNN headline: “Trump in War of Words With Pope. Oh it is most definitely a Jameson’s night.  – @SteveBhoop

Snide remark: Isn’t it always during this year’s presidential race.

Closing arguments:

While it was easy for me not to write complex deals like the three-team Detroit-Oklahoma City-Utah trifecta or the point guard parade through Phoenix, Boston and Milwaukee, from a fans standpoint I agree with Ken Berger this was a tad boring. It wasn’t worst episode ever in terms of a deadline but it was a bit sleepy.

Of course it’s merely the appetizer to the wild west of NBA transactions (not the Kool Moe Dee Song) since cap space will be free flowing and teams might start doing something like deficit spending for big ticket items.

I suppose it’s appropriate in a presidential election year, cutting taxes is a thing for a few teams like Miami, Chicago and Oklahoma City.




Wow, nine years later!

When I last blogged on here, it was 2007. Isiah Thomas was still in charge of the Knicks and the Nets still played in New Jersey. The Celtics were a few months away from their 17th championship and Stephen Curry had not put his name in NCAA lore.

So why return to this site now?  No idea, maybe for the chance to write on my own in addition to what I do now.

Back in 2007, I was still with SportsTicker, the wire service where in the infancy of the digital world where you got your scores. Twitter wasn’t a thing and facebook was about a year away from most people I know moving from myspace (which actually still exists).

I was once a blogger on the NBA. It was way back in 2004 and through the early part of 2007.

It was a blog about the Knicks where we tried to make it somewhat interesting, entertaining and amusing about how they lost a lot and did many things wrong. (The comedy wrote itself back then) and here’s the evidence of my past blog (thank you web archive). You may remember it, you may not but either way it’s cool. I enjoyed doing it, probably didn’t know how to promote it other than email and link exchanges.

Here’s a link to the old blog and the second post on this particular page was probably my all time favorite post. I stopped because I was busy and how many ways can you say the Knicks aren’t very good. Judging by their performances in the majority of the 15 seasons since trading Patrick Ewing, apparently a lot.

So what about me?  I stopped covering the NBA for a bit due to circumstances beyond my control in about Feb. 2009. I had some scary moments (not health) but workwise for a few weeks before getting a gig at a small commuter paper (Metro) covering baseball. There was a time before April 2009 where I wasn’t sure if I’d ever cover a game in the new stadium but eventually it worked out.IMG_1831.JPG

While not as glamorous as say the Post or a major paper, it was good at times but also frustrating. (I’ll tell you privately if you ask). It also allowed me to get back into the NBA midway through the 2012-13 season once hockey got its labor act together and the Nets moved to Brooklyn.

Eventually it faded away and I got one of those dreaded emails. It annoyed the hell out of me but in the context of things, I wasn’t too upset because by then I had been reduced to maybe two or three articles a month and had some other things going on.

It also helped in 2013 that I not only was covering baseball for the paper previously mentioned but also a wire service called the Sports Xchange.  It was really good timing as it became among the better places I’ve dealt with and it led to me covering the Yankees and Nets regularly for them while also working some editing shifts without a difficult commute (from my home office to the living room couch).

The year 2012 also saw my situation improve somewhat, especially towards the latter part. In the winter of 2010 and 2011, I had another job at Strat-O-Matic, the famous game company and after some initial growing pains, I grew to really like it. It was a temp thing (I called it a consultancy but whatever) but I really hoped after two years of not only handling phone and digital customer service (fancy way of saying responding via email) as well as researching for the game, I’d get a full time thing. It wasn’t in the cards and from fall 2011 to spring 2012, I encountered a similar scary situation, one where I took classes towards another career before realizing I wouldn’t be comfortable in it. (You can ask me privately if you want).

Since then I’ve become someone who many NBA announcers enjoy working with due to the information I give them (stat guy), a copy editor who gets to work from home, an occasional TV background actor (that’s probably 

  another post) and No. 682 in the BBWAA.
As Pearl Jam said in the song Present Tense (something about an encompassing trip), it encompassed various things and perhaps something worth blogging about on occasion when time permits. (those who know me well, had to figure a Pearl Jam reference was coming).

And since we’re in the self-promotion part of the program, you can follow me on twitter @larryfleisher.  I’m kind of twitter slacker at times (only 16,000 tweets in nearly seven years) but I’m responsive and enjoy interacting on there.

So thanks for reading (whether it’s a sentence or every word).


The Ship Be Halfway Sinking – Can You Make the Playoffs with 20 losses in two months?

At 8-20, the Knicks are a longshot to make the playoffs even in a below average Eastern Conference. The standings say they are 4 1/2 games out of eighth place but that really means little because there are few signs of the team playing above an 8-20 pace. Another 8-20 puts them at 16-40 and if you add in their 8-18, that’s 24-58.

So that being said, here’s a list of teams that had 20 losses in the first two months of a season and how they finished in every 82-game season since 1984-85.


Philadelphia 8-22 went 27-23 the rest of the way for 35 wins

New York 13-20 went 20-29 the rest of the way for 33 wins

Charlotte 9-21 went 24-28 the rest of the way for 33 wins

Atlanta 9-20 went 21-32 for 30 wins

Memphis 5-25 went 17-35 for 22 wins


Toronto 8-22 went 19-33 for 27 wins

New York 7-21 went 16-38 for 23 wins

Charlotte 10-20 went 16-36 for 26 wins

Atlanta 7-21 went 19-35 for 26 wins


Toronto 10-21 went 23-28 for 33 wins

Atlanta 5-23 went 8-46 for 13 wins

New Orleans 2-26 went 16-48 for 18 wins


Orlando 8-24 went 13-37 for 21 wins

Washington 8-21 went 17-34 for 27 wins

Chicago 9-21 went 14-38 for 23 wins

Atlanta 9-24 went 19-30 for 28 wins

Cleveland 10-22 went 25-23 for 35 wins

Phoenix 12-20 went 17-33 for 29 wins


Cleveland 6-26 went 11-39 for 17 wins

Toronto 8-23 went 16-35 for 24 wins

Chicago 11-20 went 19-32 for 30 wins

Denver 6-24 went 11-41 for 17 wins

Memphis 9-22 went 19-32 for 28 wins


Miami 6-23 went 30-23 for 36 wins

Chicago 6-23 went 15-38 for 21 wins

Memphis 9-21 went 14-38 for 23 wins

Houston 9-22 went 19-32 for 28 wins


Washington 6-25 went 13-38 for 19 wins

New Jersey 9-21 went 17-35 for 26 wins

Chicago 5-25 went 10-42 for 17 wins

Atlanta 10-20 went 15-37 for 25 wins

Vancouver 8-22 went 15-37 for 23 wins

Golden State 6-20 went 11-45 for 17 wins

LA Clippers 10-21 went 21-30 for 31 wins


Washington 10-20 went 19-33 for 29 wins

Chicago 2-25 went 15-42 for 17 wins

Vancouver 6-23 went 16-37 for 22 wins

Houston 10-20 went 24-28 for 34 wins

Dallas 9-21 went 31-21 for 40 wins

LA Clippers 9-20 went 6-47 for 15 wins

Golden State 6-23 went 15-40 for 19 wins


Philadelphia 7-21 went 24-30 for 31 wins

Toronto 4-26 went 12-40 for 16 wins

Denver 2-26 went 9-45 for 11 wins

Vancouver 10-20 went 9-54 for 19 wins

Dallas 5-25 went 15-37 for 20 wins

LA Clippers 6-24 went 11-41 for 17 wins

Golden State 7-21 went 12-42 for 19 wins

Sacramento 11-20 went 16-35 for 27 wins


Boston 6-21 went 9-46 for 15 wins

Philadelphia 8-20 went 14-40 for 22 wins

Vancouver 6-25 went 8-43 for 14 wins

San Antonio 7-20 went 13-42 for 20 wins

Denver 8-22 went 13-39 for 21 wins


Philadelphia 5-22 went 13-42 for 18 wins

Toronto 9-21 went 12-40 for 21 wins

Vancouver 5-25 went 10-42 for 15 wins

Minnesota 7-20 went 19-36 for 26 wins


Minnesota 6-21 went 15-40 for 21 wins

LA Clippers 4-25 went 13-40 for 17 wins


Washington 8-20 went 16-38 for 24 wins

Milwaukee 8-20 went 12-42 for 20 wins

Dallas 2-24 went 11-45 for 13 wins

Minnesota 8-20 went 12-42 for 20 wins


Washington 8-20 went 14-40 for 22 wins

Dallas 2-22 went 9-49 for 11 wins


Orlando 6-23 went 15-38 for 21 wins

Charlotte 8-23 went 23-28 for 31 wins

Minnesota 4-23 went 11-44 for 15 wins

Sacramento 8-20 went 21-33 for 29 wins


Miami 8-21 went 16-37 for 24 wins

Denver 6-23 went 14-39 for 20 wins

Orlando 7-23 went 24-27 for 30 wins

Sacramento 6-21 went 19-36 for 25 wins


New Jersey 8-20 went 9-45 for 17 wins

Miami 7-23 went 11-41 for 18 wins

Orlando 9-20 went 9-44 for 18 wins

Charlotte 6-20 went 13-43 for 19 wins

Minnesota 6-23 went 16-37 for 22 wins

Sacramento 7-20 went 16-39 for 23 wins


Indiana 5-22 went 23-32 for 28 wins

Miami 3-24 went 12-43 for 15 wins

San Antonio 7-20 went 14-41 for 21 wins


New Jersey 5-21 went 14-42 for 19 wins

Sacramento 7-21 went 17-37 for 24 wins

Golden State 4-20 went 16-42 for 20 wins


New York 9-21 went 15-37 for 24 wins

New Jersey 6-20 went 18-38 for 24 wins

San Antonio 8-22 went 20-32 for 28 wins

Sacramento 8-20 went 21-33 for 29 wins

LA Clippers 4-24 went 8-48 for 12 wins


New York 7-21 went 16-38 for 23 wins

Indiana 9-21 went 17-35 for 26 wins

Chicago 13-21 went 17-31 for 30 wins and playoffs

Sacramento 9-22 went 28-23 for 37 wins and playoffs

Golden State 12-22 went 18-30 for 30 wins

Seattle 12-20 went 19-31 for 31 wins

LA Clippers 11-21 went 21-29 for 32 wins


New York 12-22 went 12-36 for 24 wins

Indiana 8-22 went 14-38 for 22 wins

Cleveland 6-22 went 30-24 for 36 wins and playoffs

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A Day Late and A Dollar Short in Posting – Portland vs. Denver



I’ve been excited for regular season games in December before but they usually involve the usual suspects, (Mavericks-Spurs, Mavs-Spurs, Pistons-Cavs etc). Rarely if ever have they involved the Trail Blazers and the Nuggets and probably the last time I followed one of those games that closely was when I had to write the recap for the Ticker back a few years ago.

But the Blazers have won 10 in a row after their thrilling 99-96 victory and I spent most of the day eagerly anticipating this one and hoping Denver would have enough after playing double overtime against Houston the previous night.

I was certainly not disappointed and neither were the Trail Blazer fans who have watched their young team rebuild the competent way. While it wasn’t down the final buzzer, the Blazers hit six straight foul shos to win it, the game certainly had its moments, the Nuggets came back from 85-78 and following that lead the game was tied at 92 with 2:51 remaining before Travis Outlaw hit the go-ahead jumper.

Here’s a look at their 10 straight wins:

1 – 12/3 at Memphis 106-105 – Outlaw scores 21 and hits a game-winning six-footer at the buzzer

2 – 12/6 vs. Miami 112-106 – They allowed a 16-point lead to dwindle to one but hold on by outscoring the Heat 24-19 down the stretch. Brandon Roy scored 25 and reached the line 13 times.

3 – 12/9 vs. Milwaukee 117-113 (OT) – Roy scored 26 points and also makes the go-ahead layup with in the final minute of OT. The Blazers rally from five points down in overtime after being up by 13 earlier in the game.

4 – 12/11 at Utah – 97-89 – The biggest margin of victory thus far and Martell Webster scored a career-high 25 points and the Blazers overcome getting statistically pounded in rebounding and in the paint.

5 – 12/12 vs. Golden State 105-95 – Roy leads the way with 21, Outlaw leads the team with 22, Joel Pryzbilla collects 15 and 10 . The Blazers are rarely threatened and have a 10-point win.

6 – 12/14 vs. Utah 99-91 – Roys scores 29 this time and the Blazers win despite shooting 44 percent and outrebounded by 11. They make up for it by hitting 37 free throws and getting 11 points from Outlaw in the fourth when they outscored Utah 29-17.

7 – 12/16 at Denver 116-105 – Roy has 26 and 11 assists and Channing Frye has 20. Portland wins in Denver for the first time in over four years by shooting 55 percent.

8 – 12/17 vs. New Orleans – 88-76 – Portland clinches its first winning month since November 2004. Roy scores 24 as the Blazers overcome 34 percent shooting in the first half.

9 – 12/19 vs. Toronto – 101-96 – Roy has the flu but finishes with 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Portland trails the entire second half but Outlaw’s free throws with just over six minutes remaining tie it at 87-87 and Roy follows with the go-ahead layup.

So why have the Blazers won 10 in a row? Obviously they’ve played good but Henry Abbott of True Hoop has the answers with an interview of Portland assistant coach Dean Demopoulos.

Some things you can learn are this: The zone defense being played is decsended from Jimmy Valvano, whom Nate McMillian played for at North Carolina State.

So what else are they saying out in Blazer land:

Setting The Scene with Mike Barrett 

Game Report from BlazersEdge