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Все против Трампа…

Я уже писал о том, что сейчас против Трампа работают все Медиа ресурсы в США. Как я понимаю, не только в США.

Что же заключено в моем “все” можно наблюдать здесь.

Обычно спортивные журналисты в политику не вмешиваются. Но, сейчас не тот случай. На этой странице есть видео, где журналистка пытается шутить, и шутка направлена против… Трампа, конечно же.

В последний бой!

Все кто может…

Шутки из предвыборной Америки…

Вообще-то, это больше к спортивному юмору.

Говорят что Дональд Трамп готовится наблюдать за легкоатлетическими состязаниями.

Особенно внимательно он будет следить за соревнованиями по прыжкам с шестом.

Ему очень интересно какую высоту могут преодолеть мексиканские прыгуны.

…И снова — Portland “Trail Blazers”. “…life’s too short, and the future here is too bright.”

Очень хорошая статья, на мой взгляд.

На английском…

The Trail Blazers spent the entirety of this year, regular season and playoffs alike, defying the world’s expectations for them and insisting that no matter what, there was no ceiling to what they could accomplish with their teamwork and competitive spirit. This only makes it more cruelly ironic that in the end, their miracle run was met with – thwack! – a ceiling.

All year long, the moral of the Blazers’ story appeared to be “anything is possible.” Then, in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, we all collectively realized that wording was a little off. Really, the moral was “anything is possible, except outlasting the best team in NBA history in a seven-game playoff series.”

Sadly – and I mean sadly not just for Portland, but for all 29 NBA teams that reside outside of Oakland, California – this is what the Warriors do. They destroy hopes and dreams. They shatter mythologies and deflate egos. They end seasons; they threaten to derail entire eras of teams’ histories. It would be narrow-minded and selfish for any Blazers fan to believe this only affects them. The dominant force that is Golden State is not a Portland problem; it’s an everyone problem.

Look around the league, and it’s not hard to find evidence that the Warriors have the rest of the league demoralized. For example, ask yourself – why do you think the Cavaliers fired coach David Blatt back in January? It can’t be because they were dissatisfied with Blatt’s results. They were 30-11 at the time, riding high atop the Eastern Conference. No, they fired Blatt because tension was mounting within the organization that no matter what the wins and losses said, they weren’t title material yet. That’s the Warriors effect.

Look at OKC. Why do you think it’s been so tough for us simply to sit back and enjoy the Thunder’s largely successful season? They won 55 games during the regular season and are now headed for their fourth Western Conference finals of the Kevin Durant era. The problem, of course, is that reaching the conference finals doesn’t mean a thing if you can’t go all the way, and there’s panic in Oklahoma that Durant might leave this summer to play for a team that’s even better. Like, you know, the Warriors.

Blazers
The examples go on. There have been rumblings about the Clippers blowing up their formidable three-man nucleus of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, even though all three are basically in their primes. There’s gloom and doom in Memphis. The Rockets haven’t been the same since Golden State dismantled them in the West finals a year ago. I’d argue that all of the above have felt the pull of the Warriors’ gravity. It’s tough to go on competing when you’re up against a mighty force you can’t control.

I wrote about the phenomenon of Warriors defeatism back in March, when the Dubs were still sitting on 60-something wins and chasing the Bulls’ record. You could already feel it then – the entire NBA was ceding defeat (or at least many of the media members and fans on the periphery were). It was starting to make the league less fun. It’s enjoyable to follow the NBA when there’s one dominant team and everyone else is gunning for them; it’s not so enjoyable when the elite squad is so much better that no one else has the heart to compete.

My advice to everyone, back in March, was not to sweat the Warriors-induced panic. First of all, there’s more to basketball than just pursuing championships – there’s nothing wrong with fielding a competitive team, fighting to win 50-plus games and surviving as far as possible into May and possibly June. There’s virtue in that, even when you come up short of the ultimate goal. And besides, why blow it up? Is any blowup really likely to pay off? Every time you take a step back in the hope of taking two steps forward, you’re taking a massive risk.

Warriors panic is the product of a “championship or bust” mentality that’s infected everyone in and around the league, from players and coaches to owners and GMs to writers and fans. We all suffer from it, to some extent. My response: Fight it. Appreciate basketball in all its beauty, even if one nagging part of you says not to. Don’t let the Warriors drag you down.

This is a general NBA thought, mind you. But when you look especially at the Blazers’ situation, it only becomes more pertinent. If there’s anyone in the NBA right now who should be looking excitedly to the future, it’s Portland. The Blazers are a young, hungry team that’s trending in the right direction – and if this past season is any indication, they’re moving that way much faster than expected.
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“Water The Bamboo”. The Article about Portland “Trail Blazers”…

…And Damian Lillard…

Amazing Article actually…

PORTLAND, Ore. — Bamboo is tolerant to drought, but balancing water with restraint is tricky business, especially if you’re a young NBA player. This was the message delivered to the Trail Blazers’ roster last October after the team heard from Greg Bell, the author of “Water The Bamboo: Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals.”

The bamboo becomes a running gag among the Trail Blazers, and it’s the source of quite the shtick between All-NBA point guard Damian Lillard and reserve Luis Montero.

“I would always tell him, ‘Did you water your bamboo?,’ like, every day,” Lillard says. “So he started singing, like, ‘Waaaaater the Bamboooooo.'”

Montero has played all of 42 minutes as a rookie, but he apparently excels as the team’s musical director — though he speaks broken English. The song metastasizes into various riffs and remixes. Pretty soon, Lillard begins calling Montero “Water,” and Montero calls Lillard “Water.”

Lillard

In colloquial Spanish, attaching an “ito” or “ita” to a name or object is a term of endearment, literally meaning “little.” So Allen Crabbe is now “AC-ito,” and Maurice Harkless is “Mo-ito.” Eventually, everyone on the team is just “Water-ito.”

Just after the All-Star break, Lillard gets a call early in the morning on a “blackout day” — designated as such by coach Terry Stotts in lieu of “voluntary,” so players understand they can stay away from the practice facility in suburban Portland without being perceived as unmotivated. It’s Montero, who doesn’t drive, hasn’t dabbled with Uber and whose normal ride is away.

“‘He says, ‘Water-ito, I need a ride to the gym,'” Lillard remembers.

“You know it’s a blackout day,” Lillard tells him.

“I need to get the work in,” Lillard recalls Montero saying.

Lillard drives to Montero’s apartment, and they head to the facility. While Montero works out on the floor for a couple of hours, Lillard lifts in the weight room. Lillard has been concerned about Montero’s wardrobe, so after they finish up, they hop over to Saks Fifth Avenue. “He hadn’t been suited up,” Lillard says. “‘You get you a black one. You get you a blue one. You get you a gray one. You can wear the suit. You can wear a nice button-up shirt with the sport coat and some jeans and nice shoes.’ I was just breaking it down for him.”

By the time Lillard drops Montero back home, it’s dark — but Montero is now suited up.

“We had spent the whole day together,” Lillard says. “I had picked him up at like 9 o’clock. And by the time we got home, it was 5 o’clock.”

Full article here

Все закончилось… В Портланде есть команда!..

…Как я и предполагал.

Но, несмотря на, казалось бы, совсем безнадежную ситуацию, Portland “Trail Blazers” боролись до самого конца.

Я посмотрел статистику. Окончательный счет игры 121 — 125. Blazers не уступили ни в чем. Почти ни в чем…

Хуже был только процент точных бросков. 41% у Blazers и 51% у Warriors. Еще не попали 10 штрафных.

Все остальное было на высоте. Процент попаданий 3-очковых бросков одинаковый. Хотя Blazers забросил на 2 броска больше.

У Портланда есть команда.

Очень хорошая команда.

The Portland Trail Blazers traveled to Oakland tonight to face the Golden State Warriors in the direst of must-win situations: down 3-1 and needing a victory to force Game 6 at home. They didn’t get it, but they settled for the consolation prize of a hard-fought defeat, acknowledged by all who saw it as the best effort imaginable. The mileage on that may vary. A 4-1 series loss is still a loss. But Blazers fans can be assured that their team gave the Warriors everything they could handle up until the final moments of the game and the series. Golden State’s execution ended up outstripping the Blazers but their hearts never did.

Game Flow

The Warriors started out this game with a couple priorities: getting Klay Thompson into scoring mode and making sure the Blazers had to deal with plenty of screens as they did so. Both plans worked. Thompson ended up scoring a couple quick buckets on his way to an incredible night. (He would finish the game with 33 points on 13-17 shooting.) The Blazers had trouble getting around screens to get to him so they ended up switching to stem the flow. Remember this. It worked in the first period but would come back to haunt the Blazers later.

With Thompson’s early burst subsiding and no Warriors stepping up to fill the gap, Portland’s offense started to tell. Damian Lillard hit a couple of threes in the period as did Maurice Harkless, the latter kicking off a huge night for Portland’s supporting cast. The Warriors made a late-quarter run to squeeze 27 points from their formerly-stalling offense but the Blazers topped them with 30 for a 3-point lead after one.

Portland’s second unit continued their super-excellent streak in the second quarter. Their defense, bolstered by Allen Crabbe patrolling the perimeter, was superb. Shaun Livingston scored inside via superior height but otherwise the Warriors bench had trouble getting anything going. Meanwhile Crabbe and Al-Farouq Aminu poured in threes while CJ McCollum struck from mid-range. A rare bench-inspired 10-0 run set up the Blazers to withstand Thompson returning to life, cashing in a trio of three-pointers on his way to 13 points in the period. Lilllard countered with free throws and a couple more shots to bring his first-half scoring total to 19. When the dust cleared, Portland led 63-58. The 5-point edge wasn’t a huge comfort but Portland being on track for 120 and Lillard for 40 were both hallmarks of victory over Golden State. There was hope.

Полностью — здесь.

Теперь просто очень интересно будет посмотреть и сравнить, как с Warriors будут играть остальные.

Последняя игра сезона…

Сегодня Portland “Trail Blazers” заканчивают свой сезон, который уже сейчас можно назвать очень удачным.

В сезоне 2015 — 2016 никто из экспертов не ожидал от команды ничего. Потеряв четыре стартовых игрока, покинувших команду прошлым летом все эксперты в NBA, как один, писали что этот сезон команда из Портланда будет формироваться и знакомиться друг с другом, и закончит сезон выиграв не больше 25 — 28-ми игр.

Ни о каких играх Playoffs от команды не ожидал никто.

Я сам писал о том же самом.

Команда не только прорвалась в Playoffs, но и играет во втором круге. То есть, сделала уже больше того, что получилось сделать в сезоне предыдущем, с составом игроков, от которого эксперты ожидали многого.

Во втором круге Playoffs, команда “попала” на Чемпиона прошлого года Golden State “Warriors”, для которой этот сезон рекордный, потому что в этом сезоне команда проиграла всего 9-ть из 82-ух игр.

И даже здесь игра Blazers не обошлась без Чудес. Я ожидал что Portland “Trail Blazers” проиграет все четыре игры и спокойно разъедется по отпускам.

И снова, — ошиблись все.

Команда уже сейчас сыграла четыре игры. Счет по играм 3 : 1 в пользу Warriors, но он спокойно мог быть 3 : 1 в пользу Blazers. В предыдущей игре, для победы над Portland “Trail Blazers” Чемпиону понадобилась “тяжелая артиллерия” в лице игрока, который вчера получил звание MVP — Most Valuable Player (Самый Ценный Игрок) Stephen Curry. Это звание он завоевывает второй год подряд. До него этого в NBA тоже не делал никто. В предыдущей игре Blazers перевели игру в дополнительное время, и в эти 5 минут Stephen Curry 17 очков из 21-ого. Удержать его было просто невозможно. Stephen Curry был травмирован и в предущих трех играх не играл. По хорошему, все специалисты писали и говорили о том, что игроку следует подождать и восстановиться после травмы колена. Травма была достаточно серьезной и в будущем может проявить себя. Однако, команда из Портланда играла так, что Чемпионы понимали, без своего лучшего игрока они победить не смогут.

The Portland Trail Blazers fell to the Golden State Warriors 132-125 in Game 4 of their best-of-seven playoff series tonight. Defeat left them behind 3-1 with their hopes of victory dimming. The good news for Portland: despite the loss, they took the champs to overtime. The bad news: they led by 14 in the first period and held the advantage most of the game before succumbing to a tie score at the end of regulation. The game was in their grasp and they couldn’t hold it.

The worse news: Stephen Curry. He’s back.

Like 40 points, new-NBA-overtime-record back.

Curry changed everything in this game. Portland came into the extra period armed with their copy of Robert’s Rules of Order, ready for a strident debate. The Warriors brought a bazooka. When the smoke cleared Curry had scored a record 17 points in OT, bringing his team an incredible victory. Portland walked off the floor knowing every footstep was carrying them towards the end of this series.

Отсюда.

Все Чудеса, рано или поздно заканчиваются. Сегодня Чемпион играет у себя дома, где Warriors практически непобедим.

Жаль…

Но я рад тому, что у команды из Портланда уже сейчас есть будущее… Вполне может быть, что будущее это будет “светлым”.

Будем ждать…

И еще немного про чудеса…

После того, что случилось вчера, можно с большой увернностью сказать, что в этом сезоне лимит на Чудеса у команды из Портланда исчерпан.

Вчера, Portland “Trail Blazers” выиграли у Los Angeles “Clippers” и прошли в полуфинал Playoffs NBA

Однако, в следующем круге Blazers уже ожидает команда, которая в прошлом году завоевала титул Чемпиона, а в этом сезоне проиграла всего 9 игр.

Можно с большой уверенностью сказать, что Портланд проиграет эту серию со счетом 4 : 0.

И даже учитывая это, команда из Портланда в этом сезоне сделала намного больше того, чего от нее ожидали все те, кто так или иначе наблюдает за играми NBA. Потеряв четырех основных игроков стартового состава, команда сумела сделать значительно больше того, что она сумела сделать в сезоне предыдущем.

Но, возвращаясь к тому, с чего я начал, — Чудеса все закончились.

Осталось только расслабиться и получить удовольствие от четырех оставшихся игр в этом сезоне.

С уверенностью можно сказать только одно, у команды есть будущее.

P.S. Кстати, одно из 9-ти поражений над Warriors принадлежит как раз Blazers

…И снова — мимо…

Перед началом Playoffs я написал вот это, и, честно говоря, думал, что после первого круга команда из Портланда разъедется по отпускам.

Снова ошибся…

Проиграв первые две игры с разгромным счетом, Blazers вернулись в Портланд и… выиграли две игры дома.

Перед сегодняшней игрой, которая должна была играться в Los Angeles, то есть, для Blazers это игра на выезде, один из экспертов баскетбольных написал:

Unless you’ve been living under six tons of whipped cream in a soundproof cave underneath the world’s biggest rock, you’re already familiar with the stunning turn of events in the first-round playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers.

1.The Blazers beat the Clippers on Monday night to even the series at 2-2. This was Portland’s best…night…ever. Or at least for this season.

2. The Clippers lost Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to season-ending injuries on the same night. This will not make the list of Top Million Moments in their lives.

When this series began the Blazers were peeking under the crack of the door, seeing victory’s light spilling out and wondering how they could finagle their way to it. Now that door stands wide open. The Clippers sit slumped in the corner, wounded and seemingly unable to stop the Blazers from coming in. This is Portland’s time.

If the Blazers plan to seize the opportunity, Game 5 is critically important. It may be the most important game Portland has played since the year 2000. (Yes, that includes Game 6 versus Houston in 2014.)

If the Blazers win Game 5, a broken and beaten Clippers team walks into the Moda Center Friday night with no reasonable expectation of success. They’d have won 0 road games in this series, 0 games without their two stars. If by some miracle they did manage to win in Portland–a miracle is exactly what it would take–they’d need a second straight victory to seal the deal. Meanwhile the Blazers would already have set the precedent of winning in L.A.. Portland would have experienced everything the depleted L.A. lineup could bring twice over and would be prepared for it. Homecourt advantage or no, Game 7 would be no better than a toss-up for the Clippers.
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Победа “Timbers”…

Я уже писал, что команда Портланда завоевала сегодня Кубок Америки (MLS Cup)

Это видео самого примечательного, того что произошло в финальной игре.

Я смотрел матч, который оказался достаточно скучным. Все самое интересное произошло в первые шесть с небольшим минут игры.

А первый гол был забит буквально на первых секундах матча. Абсолютно непонятные действия голкипера соперничающей команды.

В общем, — смотрите!

Timbers выиграла со счетом 2 : 1

Сумасшествие начинается…

Выиграли!!!

Портланд является обладателем Кубка Америки по футболу.

Я даже представить себе не могу, что сейчас будет твориться в Downtown центре Портланда.

Portland “Timbers” — Чемпион!!!