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Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 9:01 am  |  36 responses

The Post Up: J. Bayless!

Twitter breaks on dude’s career night. Coincidence?

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Jerryd came through for me tonight.” – Brandon Roy

Jerryd Bayless. I don’t know when it started, only that I’ve been pulling for Jerryd for awhile now and couldn’t understand why he was buried on the Portland bench.

When I don’t know things about other teams, I find the person who does. For all things Blazers, I’ve got a trio of boys I hit up and this week Ben from Blazers Edge was the guy who had to listen to my J. Bay questions and reassure me that he would be getting more time, soon. As it turns out, sooner than later with Bayless had a career night scoring 29 points off of the bench as he outscored the other seven bench players on both teams and was also the leading scorer in the Blazers game against the Suns last night.

Portland came back from double digits and stole the game from the Suns despite Amar’e looking awesome and Steve Nash being ridiculous as usual.

The finish in this one was wild. Bayless appearing to seal the deal with free throws, Nash scoring again and again, Bayless missing one free throw, making another, leaving just enough room for the Suns to win with a three. Nash unable to get free from Aldridge to get a good look at the hoop. The Blazers escaping with the 105-102 victory.

Wow. Bayless picked a great night to show the world what he can do. We will be seeing lots more from him and I can’t wait. Nothing like guys getting their chance to show what they can do and shining in that moment.

What stood out to me in the postgame interview with Cheryl Miller, was how Brandon Roy spoke about Bayless and the importance of him getting his confidence up, as Bayless stood to his left. Roy had previously mentioned a displeasure with a three-guard line up. I liked seeing him give his teammate all of the credit on his big night and sort of making up for those comments. He sounded like a leader.

These Blazers are a fun team to root for. The Rose Garden is simply fantastic. I’ve never been there to see a game, but it’s near the top of my list. Their fans are so passionate and truly love their team. It’s pretty special.

In Miami, the Heat came out and absolutely smoked the Magic, winning 104-86. Yes, the Heat over the Magic. They were up by 30 at some points. It was one of the strangest games I’ve seen from the Magic. I know they played the Raptors the night before, but it’s not like that game took a lot of energy out of them. This is two blowout victories for the Heat since holding their closed door team meeting last week.

Wade had 25, seven assists and three blocked shots and he looked good. Interesting to hear that Tim Grover was spending the week in Miami with Wade to make sure he was keeping his body right. Grover is a guardian angel to all of us who love this game.

Dorell Wright looked good for the Heat. Michael Beasley continues to be aggressive. Let’s hope he keeps it up.

In Chicago, the Knicks managed to fall apart in the fourth, take 47 three-pointers and drop the game to the Bulls, 98-89. Danilo Gallinari was 6-for-17 from the floor…. and 6-for-15 from three. Chris Duhon was 5-for-10 from deep. Al Harrington? 4-for-13. Crazy.

Taj Gibson had another solid game for the Bulls off of the bench, scoring 12 points to go with his 10 rebounds as he helped make up for Brad Miller’s scoreless night. Luol Deng scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Bulls while John Salmons added 20.

My mind just keeps on going back to Bayless. Wow. It was the perfect “Hi, world, I’m here!” moment. And, yes, it was capped with an exclamation mark.

I see you, Jerryd Bayless.

Before I sign off for the day, there are no words that can express the tragedy of a life that is lost too soon, but my thoughts and prayers are with Chris Henry’s family, friends and teammates.

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  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    first…J-BAY!!!!!!comin´ out party!! after all the injuries theres some positives in this awful season for the mighty TRAIL BLAZERS..need to keep this core, try to win some ballgames, sneak into the playoffs to gain experince and hope next season everyone is healthy, THEN WE WILL CHALANGE LA FOR THE WEST CROWN, YOU BETTER BEALIVE IT!

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    in other news…47 3 point atempts?!?!? are you serious? is that Noah/ Brad freakin Miller or TajGibson frontlaine so intimidating you cant pass the 3point line? that was embarassing…and Miami blows out the Magic..who saw that coming? not me for sure…

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Holly I think you messed up on the Bulls paragraph lol. “In Chicago, the Bulls managed to fall apart in the fourth, take 47 three-pointers and drop the game to the Bulls, 98-89″.
    Anybody notice Chris Brown making alot of music lately??

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Mike D needs to take control of this team. What an idiot.

  • ENDS

    Love how every time were on National tv we play the night before

  • Hussman25

    Bayless needs to be elsewhere! Portland does not know what they have…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne
  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Bayless has ALWAYS been good. He was always mentioned before he got into the NBA. He obliterated the summer league one year. Simply put, its hard to showcase your ability when your coach won’t play you.

  • ab_40

    it’s one game people I remember kwame brown slapping a 30 and 20 game on chris webber;) so don’t get your hopes up to high

  • http://www.slamonline.com Todd Spehr

    The best way to beat Phoenix? Let them take a double-digit lead in either the second or third quarter. Never fails.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Or play on TNT.

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    I have said it again and again: Nash is one of the clutchest players in the NBA, but lacks any type of killer instinct what-so-ever. He scores eight points in two minutes, but this was after doing absolutely nothing for eight minutes and watching a 15-point lead disappear into thin air. I don’t know why Nash just watches it all.

  • The D Train

    One of the things you really see with Bayless is that he drives into the teeth of the D and draws tons o’ fouls. Portland also pushes the pace much more when he is in there. While I did love Bayless going off, you can see where Nate is hesitant to play him because he is a bit reckless, which runs completely against what Nate wants to do. Of course you have to take the good with the bad and if Bayless gets more time, he’s bound to improve and bring some speed and full court aggressiveness to Portland. I personally love how he played, constantly putting pressure on the defense and just being uber aggressive. Of course let’s hope that he can do this against teams that don’t feature the staunch interior D of an Amare or Amundson.

  • The D Train

    and Juk’s: you are spot on. I watched most of the game and Nash was all but invisible, even with all the assists…until the last minute and thirty-five seconds, that is. The sad/ironic thing is that as a Blazer fan you could sense Nash a’comin’. Of course we could mention that Phoenix was pretty much in control of this game until Bayless and Roy went off in the 4th. Up until that point it looked like Portland didn’t stand a chance. Amare is a beast (and man, LaMarcus is so freakin’ soft down low…Amare was killing him while LA kept settling for his patented turn-around floater. Funny that when ‘Sheed did the same type of stuff in P-Town, he got constantly killed for not playing more in the post…) and Channing Frye looked like Ray Allen, so there wasn’t any pressing need for Nasty to score. Regardless, at the end of the game, you just know that Nash is going to make something good happen for Phoenix. Even his last-ditch 3 (to tie, not win, by the way) had Portland fans holding their breath.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Its not just nash none of the suns have it. I’m most disapointed in Amare who only appears to go hard when the ball is in his hands.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Bayless and Amare need to go to a winning team, hmmm… like … the Lakers!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Bayless should have been playing a longggg time ago. Too many dang guards on that team if you ask me. play wit it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Sasha for Bayless… straight up.
    And Benga for Amare… Straight up.

  • karl

    and Kobe for Tmac… straight up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Well no. We would trade Walton for Mcgrady… straight up.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    @ James, Sasha for Bayless would be lovely.

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    Jukai: Nash just wasn’t watching it all, he was running the offense the best way he could. If he had an open shot he would have taken it.He’s not the type of player to force shots up like Kobe but he will when ordered to do so. Just an unselfish player. Don’t mistake that for him not having the killer in him because that man is lethal.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Thanks, James. I write these things too late for mistakes to not creep in sometimes! Ben, I immediately thought of our feature with him and smiled as he was killing last night. So, so good to see him get a shot and to know, SLAM knew from the jump :)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I like watchin a dude that made me look foolish in HS make NBA players look the same way. Good game JB and good write up Holly

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Chris Duhon for Jerryd Bayless… MAKE IT HAPPEN DONNIE! Except he won’t, because he’s a horrible GM.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    the blazers are not goin to give up Jerryd Bayless for anyone – they said last week he was basically untouchable and they would rather trade steve blake

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Anytime Holly. It’s not to often I catch those things lol.
    Zee- I think it would be a great trade.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan2.0

    damn laker fans are so selfish. you aready have two skilled, all star calibre 7 footers, the most versitile bench player, the most phychotic defensive stoper, the best coach ever, and a pretty darn good shooting guard… lets not get too greedy now

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan2.0

    ps. Bayless doin the damn thing

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    We could still use Bayless, Tmac, and Amare!!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    $200 riding on Christmas Day game. Lakers – 35, Cavs – 21

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Unfortunately the Suns could not stop Roy antime he wanted an 18 foot jump shot or a drive to the basket. Portland moved the ball EXACTLY the same way as PHX and they couldnt stop that either – Hill marched in for 18 points in 3 quarters and then proceeded to just ‘forget’ how to make baskets. I was in hysterics (in a bad way) as the lead just dwindled away and Bayliss stamped a nationally televised game for himself. Well done Blazers, come on Suns, pick up the slack now…

  • http://dsjfhklf.com Jukai

    CB34: Well, thanks to his unselfishness, they lost, so, great!

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    maybe lakers fans should consider their most favored nation trading partner, and ask for a sasha for oj trade. heck why not walton for rudy as well? im sure jerry west could make chris wallace do those lopsided trades as well.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    @teddy the bear: NO, DONNIE WALSH WONT DO THAT CAUSE PRITCHARD IS NOT STUPID!!! NOW, GIVE ME DAVID LEE FOR J BAY AND WE MIGHT TALK!

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