I'm a major lurker on this bord and don't post very often... but since I just got back from the Pacers/Blazers game, I thought I'd do my duty and try to give some type of game report.
This won't be as in-depth as some of the other excellent posters we have here and unfortunately I can't pass along any good news about getting a hold of any player souveniers... But here are my thoughts on the game anyway.
The whole family (wife, myself and our 16 year old son and daughter (twins)) went and I splurged for good seats... seven rows behind the Blazers bench. It was great to see Reggie, Dale and everyone, but I was disappointed that Jermaine was out.
Before the game, the Blazer PA guy gave a 2 or 3 minute commentary on Reggie and his accomplishments... including highlights of Reggie's Knick killer game on the big screen. I thought it was a great gesture. In addition, the Blazers donated a check to Reggie for his Reggie Miller Foundation charity. Pretty classy stuff.
During warmups, for some reason, Reggie chucked one of the practice basketballs as high as he could in the air and it looked like it came down on Quinn Buckner's head. Don't know what that was all about.
Observations of the game...
-When the starting lineups were announced, and Fred was running the point, I have to admit that I was thrilled. I didn't know how well he'd do, but there's just something I like about having Fred start out with the ball on all our possesions. I did notice some confusion between him and Jax a few times though.
-It was nice having Dale in the game, his presence and blocking out definetly made an impact on our rebounding. It was good to out rebound an opponent.
-Wow did we get alot of layups and dunk attempts blocked. Portland has some great athlete's and I too agree that they should be better than their record.
-Freddie's dunk was unbelievable. Even their home crowd could not contain themselves and cheered. I could not believe how fast he got to the rim.
-Always watching the P's on TV never gave me the insight on how much Foster hustles. Portland was running every chance they got and I continuously saw Jeff sprinting as fast as he could to get in position. Dale looked a little slow getting back down.
-Zach Randolf was out which didn't hurt much. Darius Miles more than made up for him however. The dude could not miss it seemed. Alas he faded in the 4th qtr.
-I wished I could of seen Harrison play.
-Giving props to Jax. He hit some really tough shots late in the game.
-Props to Reggie as well. It was great to see him play well.
-Portland has a great crowd with all the turmoil they have been through. Even though my whole family was decked out in Pacer's gear, everyone around us was courteous and were quite friendly and willing to talk about Pacer basketball, mainly about Freddie and Jermaine of course.
Now that we won the game, I hope nothing but the best for Portland.
It was a great game and we had a great time. It was also a great way to remember Reggie playing live for the last time.