Pump Up Music: Everclear -- "Santa Monica"
The Big Picture: Andre Miller scored 52 points against the Mavs Saturday night, and did it taking only one three point attempt. That's not going to happen again, but in Brandon Roy's absence, Miller suddenly becomes a little more whole in the Trail Blazers' general construct.
Even though the Cats have played a little quicker of late, they pick their spots and are still very slow-paced overall. The Blazers are the slowest pace team in the league, so don't be surprised to see an 83-80 type game. That might be a good thing for the Blazers, though, since they're dealing with a big man crisis. After losing Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla to injury. Juwan Howard(!) has been starting alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, and both Dante Cunningham and Jeff Pendergraph are getting minutes in the front court. We've gone through sturm und drang over our centers, but that's some crazy scrambling.
Key to Victory: Brandon Roy is not expected to play tonight, which is a major plus for the Bobcats because that leaves the Blazers with an unenviable set of choices. If the Cats keep Stephen Jackson at the two for most of the night, staying with a tall lineup, the Blazers will have to sit two of Miller, Steve Blake, and Jerryd Bayless just to keep Jax from posting up their man all night.
Detail That May Interest .08% of You: Portland's Lewis & Clark College is the alma mater of the Official Father of Rufus on Fire.