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Oct 17

10 Things We've Learned So Far...

By mikebarrett
Yes, I am officially ready for the regular season to begin.  Yes, I think the exhibition season is too long.  And, yes, I wish we were doing all of the preseason games on TV (those aren't among the 10 things, but I just wanted to get them out of the way).

By the way, not many teams do broadcast their exhibition games on TV, even though I wish it made financial sense for us to do it.  Golden State only does half of their preseason games on the radio.  Saturday's game at the RG wasn't broadcast back to the Bay Area at all.  No TV, no radio, no teletype re-creation.  That's crazy.  That probably doesn't satisfy you, if you're upset we're not televising, but hopefully it lends some perspective.

It has been an interesting preseason so far for the Trail Blazers.  I should be able to think up a better word than "interesting" but I think that's about right.  Rather than recap every single game, I've just tried to hit on some of the highlights.  And, rather than just toss out a bunch of stuff in this blog, I figured we'd do a list.  I always like articles that list a bunch of things.  It's orderly, and there's a certain build up to the end, even if the #1 point is no more impressive than #10.  And, I've always found it's easier to read.

So, here are the Top 10 things we've learned so far.  Feel free to add things you feel I've missed, or disagree with any points. 

10.   The Trail Blazers had another solid draft.  Even though another major story overshadowed the actual picks on draft night, coming out of the draft with Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams, was pretty good.  Time will tell, of course, but Johnson could be considered "a steal" one of these days.  He's getting better with each passing day, and is simply "a Nate guy."  Patty Mills may end up being an NBA player before it's all said and done, but it probably won't be in Portland.  Armon is the reason why.

9.  With as crazy as this Rudy Fernandez situation has been, it's clear he's still very important to this team.  Who in the world would have expected, after what we heard this summer, and what was said on media day, him to be playing like this in the preseason?  Rudy is the second-leading scorer on this team so far, and is shooting 60 percent from behind the three-point line.  It's amazing that he's actually rebuilt his trade value, through his play, this quickly, after destroying it on media day- not that you even want to trade him now.  I have absolutely no idea how this is ultimately going to play out. 

8.  Andre Miller doesn't spend much time in the barber's chair over the summer.  Personally, I like it.  Last spring if you had bet that, come October, Babbitt would have longer hair than Miller, I would have guessed that to be easy money (click here for a shot of "collegiate Luke," if you're not following this).

7.  Jeff Pendergraph will make a fine TV personality some day.  If you need further proof of this, wait until you see how many times we're going to use him on our Courtside show this season.  He's the one guy we don't have to ask to be on the show- and that was before his injury.

6.  LaMarcus Aldridge will be the major key to Portland's season this year.  Roy and Miller's numbers are always steady.  Batum is a rock.  It'll be center by committee no matter who's healthy and who's not.  It's Aldridge who has the highest ceiling, at least in terms of the immediate future, on this team.  And, he tells me the beard is staying "all season."  I think it makes him look more menacing.

5.  My son, Jack, does not have a future as a soccer player.  In the five-year-old Tualatin league, six games, one goal.  Nuff' said.  He actually walked off the field on Saturday, while the ball was in play, to get a better look at some low-flying geese.  Actually, I just don't think he's been getting enough touches. I feel a trade demand coming on.  I'm beginning a search for European representation tomorrow.  I'm strongly considering becoming that parent.

4.  This team has got to find a way to get Nicolas Batum more looks at the offensive end.  He had 19 points (on 14 shots), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and a block, on Saturday.  I can't wait to see what he does when there's actually a play run for him.        

3.  Dante Cunningham (the steal of the draft last year) will save this team on a number of nights this season.  He's going to have to play bigger than his size, but has shown he can handle it. 

2.  The Blazers didn't overpay for Wesley Matthews.  He's the perfect fit for this team.  He'll be worth the price for his leadership, ability to make those around him better, and what he brings to the chemistry of the team, alone.  By the way, if Cunningham was the steal of the draft last year, what do you call a guy who slipped through every team's scouting radar and wasn't selected at all?  What a story.

1.  Joel Przybilla is a tough dude with an incredible work ethic.  If he makes it back to play in a regular-season game before December (which he will), it'll be remarkable.  What's better is that he's taken Greg Oden under his wing, and has practically become a mentor.  Here's hoping that whatever Joel has, rubs off in a big way.  There's every reason to believe it will.

Your thoughts please.

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47 Comments

  1. Well said! I too am ready for preseason to be over and for the games to count. I think it is great the progress Joel is making and hope he is able to help Greg.
    Lastly I love the addition of Wesley Matthews and think he is worth every penny we paid- perfect fit for this team.
    Go Blazers!

    by RedRudy5 on 10/17/2010 10:33 PM
  2. Yay a new blog! I almost got annoyed and demanded one since the activity rises to a maximum when a new blog is posted. By the way, if your son isn't doing good in soccer, don't get near baseball. I remember being a 5 year old picking grass in the outfield (I was always in the outfield for some reason) and losing complete focus on the game. I'm 20 years old now and still make that mistake.

    I'd like to see Roy get more touches. And I'd like to see Babbitt and Andre keep their hair short. Babbit doesn't look too bad, but personally I prefer Andre having the shorter hair, and the LMA without a beard.

    I do agree with you that Aldridge should have a solid season and if he can be dominate down low, especially when Greg and Joel return. And I do agree A LOT that Batum should get some plays for him.

    Problem is, this team is so deep, and has so much scoring talent that it's hard to run plays for everyone. The team just happens to be in the right spot and the right time. That is why I'm a happy Blazer fan.

    by Herr on 10/17/2010 10:36 PM
  3. Mike:

    Thank you for the blog--Like Herr I need this.

    On Rudy, I somewhat agree with Mike the Wild One. If he is leaving soon then he is taking minutes away from someone that will be playing for the PTB in the future. Nevertheless, I sure love his dedication and energy for the game of BB. It is somewhat of a mystery.

    Aldridge's game against GS was fantastic. His new moves may not work that good against every PF, but it will make them work harder controlling him. I love that also.

    I agree fully with getting Nic more involved on the offensive end, but I doubt that too many plays will be called for him. But Nate said that they are learning a handful of plays for each position then depending on the opponent and the mismatches the Blazers can more easily exploit the weakness of the opponents. I said in one of your blogs that a poster on BE said that Batum would play some 4 this year depending on the opponent. He did great and was rewarded with bunches of rebounds and low post scoring. Otherwise he is better then Travis at the four because he can rebound and play D. Plus him playing the 4 gives us room to put ArmonHammer in at the point, BRoy the 2, Mathews the 3, Nic the four and LMA the 5 for a small team that can play with opposing teams small line-ups, such as GS. Of course it is better to play the player in their normal position, but it nice to know we have the versatility in case of injury which might happen LOL.

    Joel will probably be back at the opening of regular season. He doesn't have to play a ton of minutes just a few each quarter. I don't want to rush him, but that is what Joel wants and I am not sure the training staff can stop him if he can convince Nate to let him play. Nate let BRoy play that quickly after his surgery, why not.

    Although I get impatient, I think the long pre-season is a necessary evil to get the team gelled and the bugs taken out.


    Putting Cunningham in the game and starting line-up with the absence of Marcus is very good, it will give him more experience and confidence.

    Wesley is going to be a monster, In my opinion he can play the PG, 2GD and SF equally well. I loved him in the last Utah game with BRoy that erased a large lead by the Jazz and almost won the game. I am not sure where Nate got that we gave up a ton of points in that period. Matthews almost shut down Williams. Of course I am excited about Wesley, BRoy, and Batum in the game at the same time.

    Was the sandwich good Antientone

    by Hg on 10/18/2010 1:36 AM
  4. What more can I add? lol. You covered it all Mike. I loved that you ended with Joel as #1. He really is the key guy on this team I think. Veteran player who has everything you want in an NBA star. His humility is something that is missing in the league today. Let's hope that he can have a major impact on Greg. LA will be the most important player. I totally agree with your reasonings. He has potential to be the best player at the 4 spot in the NBA. He is so skilled and versatile. Anyways, I can't wait for the season to start and I hope the Blazers have another solid year!

    by CrazyRusty on 10/18/2010 6:06 AM
  5. Being a sports guy and a parent is tough.I had two kids .My kids went out for sports.One failed miserably at sports.One I coached to the championship game in BBall,only to lose by an in and out 3 pointer by us.Both were tough.
    Just be careful about talking trades or you might get fined:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/18/2010 7:05 AM
  6. Mike:

    I forgot to mention that I couldn't chew gum and walk at the same time until I was 11, so don't give up on a five year old to quickly.

    by Hg on 10/18/2010 7:17 AM
  7. The "Armonizer" played great Saturday.He continues to impress Nate .And,as it has been well chronicled, that's hard to do for a rookie.
    This position battle is great for JBay.It will only make him better.
    There has been some talk about signing Earl Barron of D league "fame".6'11' and he can score,too.We'll seee!

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/18/2010 7:24 AM
  8. VINNIE:

    by Hg on 10/18/2010 7:26 AM
  9. OPPS PUSHED THE WRONG BUTTON.

    I am sure you meant to say ArmonHammer. I will forgive you

    by Hg on 10/18/2010 7:27 AM
  10. Absolutely agree on # 's 10, 9, 6, 4, 3 and 1.
    Can't wait for the regular season !

    Look on the bright side MB. My friends son was more interested in doing cart wheels on the soccer field than playing. Geese are not so bad :)

    Go Blazers !!!!

    by Kim~ on 10/18/2010 7:28 AM
  11. One goal in six games? That's not so bad. That's more than most teams put up in six games.

    by Scott Foster on 10/18/2010 9:15 AM
  12. What I've learne--- err, confirmed: Mike Barrett is a colossal homer whose perception is clouded way too often.

    Dante Cunningham is not the steal of last year's draft. Gimme a break. Dejuan Blair, Omri Casspi, Darren Collison, and to an extent, Brandon Jennings are all far greater steals.

    by Wettr Trea on 10/18/2010 9:32 AM
  13. I agree that one goal is excellent. My four-year-old has only touched the ball acouple of times (in an actual game). Mostly he does somersaults (which he insists on calling "backflips"), throwing grass into the air, putting dirt in his hair, climbing the fence, holding hands with the girls on his team, and, yes, watching the geese fly by.

    by PopCorn on 10/18/2010 9:37 AM
  14. Wettr Trea:

    Have you got something against Homers? Do you dislike the Blazers? Or are you just being an argumentative butt head. All the players you mentioned were expected to be drafted in the first round. If Blair stays healthy he will be a steal for SAS. Other then that none of them are doing better then Dante if playing for the same team.

    If you are going to post on this blog you had best not attack MG to often, we have twp women bloggers that turns mean when they are upset and they love MB. I am just giving you a warning. Actually you should go post on OR-Live; it is full of Blazer bashers and tormentors.

    by Hg on 10/18/2010 10:00 AM
  15. Go Rudy Go! Trade/Media Day drama aside this is exactly why we have him on our team. Droppin' treys and spacing the floor like crazy. If he keeps it up then teams will be forced to guard him honestly and thats only gonna open the floor for everyone else.

    by AndyPierson on 10/18/2010 10:15 AM
  16. Wettr Trea,

    I guess it's all in how you define a "steal." Jennings went #10, so it's tough to put him in this class. Collison went #21, and Casspi went #23- same deal. The best case you make is with Blair, who was red-flagged by most team doctors because of his knees. He was projected to go in the top 10 in the months leading up to the draft (ended up going #37). Still, I can't really argue with you on that one. I'd still take Dante (who went #33) over Blair, and think he'll have a greater impact on his team this season. Could be wrong though.

    MB

    by mikebarrett on 10/18/2010 10:18 AM
  17. MB,

    Wow, you were able to defend yourself without using insults. Hopefully WT will learn from your lesson.

    I hope this is a break out season for LA. I haven't been one of his critics, but he seems to have been working on parts of his game that hasn't been his strength in the past. Of course I haven't been able to watch any games yet. Because of my health I haven't made it to a preseason game yet and since none of the preseason games are on tv. What's up with that? I mean we only get to see 82 reg season games, why not preseason too? :) I think we might be getting spoiled.

    by mgb on 10/18/2010 10:33 AM
  18. Agreed, thats a solid list. I think one thing we've learned at least for the upcoming season, is the 5s are going to be that crucial point for us this year. Right now we seem slim (with JP out..) Hopefully the progression speeds up with Greg, and Joel as well, all my best wishes go out to Jeff Pendegraph, who we will miss this season.

    by Gianni Godsil on 10/18/2010 11:31 AM
  19. MB,

    Thanks for the response. I didn't intend for my comment to be overly argumentative (it was mostly just good natured ribbing). But it just looks bad when you cite a guy who averaged 4 points and 2 rebounds last year as a steal of a draft that contained far more superior players (who provided much greater impact to their respective teams than expected). Now, I'm not dogging on Dante. He has fine skills than can be of use.

    And the irony with us picking Pendergraph over Blair because one of them had an ACL issue is a bit sickening, to be honest.

    by Wettr Trea on 10/18/2010 11:49 AM
  20. BTW, What's Victor Claver up to? I watched him during the World Champmionships, and he absolutely stunk to the point where the coach played a decrepit Garbajosa and weak Alex Mumbru over our guy. I mostly loved KP's moves when he was here, but the 09 Draft sure was a head scratcher.

    by Wettr Trea on 10/18/2010 12:04 PM
  21. BTW, What's Victor Claver up to? I watched him during the World Champmionships, and he absolutely stunk to the point where the coach played a decrepit Garbajosa and weak Alex Mumbru over our guy. I mostly loved KP's moves when he was here, but the 09 Draft sure was a head scratcher.

    by Wettr Trea on 10/18/2010 12:07 PM
  22. Wettr Trea,

    I agree on the irony of the Blair thing, as sad as that is. As with most guys, we'll probably have to wait a few years to truly measure a successful draft vs. and unsuccessful one. With Wesley as exhibit "A" it's clearly not a perfect science. And, I have no problem with you calling me a homer. You'd be shocked at how many e-mails I get claiming just the opposite. I always appreciate the comments.

    MB

    by mikebarrett on 10/18/2010 12:09 PM
  23. BTW, What's Victor Claver up to? I watched him during the World Champmionships, and he absolutely stunk to the point where the coach played a decrepit Garbajosa and weak Alex Mumbru over our guy. I mostly loved KP's moves when he was here, but the 09 Draft sure was a head scratcher.

    by Wettr Trea on 10/18/2010 12:12 PM
  24. BTW, What's Victor Claver up to? I watched him during the World Champmionships, and he absolutely stunk to the point where the coach played a decrepit Garbajosa and weak Alex Mumbru over our guy. I mostly loved KP's moves when he was here, but the 09 Draft sure was a head scratcher.

    by Wettr Trea on 10/18/2010 12:14 PM
  25. Calling Dante the steal of the draft is homerism at its worst and just absolutely ridiculous. Collison and Casspi were drafted too high to be steals? I'm pretty sure I've heard you talk about Batum as a steal. Dante over Blair? Absurd. Just absurd.

    Embarrassing, Mike.

    by Jacob Krall on 10/18/2010 12:27 PM
  26. You ever notice how you never hear from some people on the blog ,till they have something negative to contribute.Maybe these people should be posting on O -Live instead.

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/18/2010 2:20 PM
  27. HG............,Let me say it like Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Terminator" would if he were Johnson.
    "I'm da Aaahrmoniza "
    Then when he goes to the bench he says,
    "I'll be BAAAACK"

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/18/2010 2:58 PM
  28. I don't mind a neg post, not everything is sunshine, what I don't like is when people try to put someone in a catergory to dismiss thier opinion instead of letting their argument stand on it's own merits.

    by mgb on 10/18/2010 3:15 PM
  29. hg: Just milk and cookies. I must admit I agree with almost everything you said. Milk and cookies , do you think Kassandra will snitch to my cardiologist. She didn't approve of my snacks last year.

    by Ancientone on 10/18/2010 3:21 PM
  30. few things. dante is ONE of the steals of the draft don't matter how you look at it. He also did not play as many minutes as the prevous players in this conversation. he is a good player and now has a chance to show what he has worked on this summer.
    why would you want blair if he is injury prone and our team seems to be injury prone if you believe any of the artcles. just saying .

    by Miller on 10/18/2010 3:29 PM
  31. Yeah, Dante over Blair. Blair has no ACLs; his body metabolized them after an injury went untreated for too long. Dante will be shaking rims long after Blair's stuck bagging groceries in his early retirement. SAS picked him because at #37 you don't mind if a guy only logs in a season or two. He'll grab rebounds for them until his knees snap, and that will be that.

    DC is an intelligent, driven player who will earn his minutes through reliable shooting, great instincts, and ironclad defense. To comment on here for the express purpose of hating on him is a colossal, decrepit, ridiculous, absurd waste of time...that is, unless you want to get Mike's attention, which it has been proven is the only way (or email Courtside! Thanks for reading my question, Mike).

    Arguing Blair over Pendergraph is legitimate in light of the recent injury, but in the grand scheme of the things Jeff will probably be in the NBA longer than Blair too, because while his ACL did tear, AT LEAST HE'S STILL GOT THEM!!!

    by 500Dogs on 10/18/2010 3:50 PM
  32. Dang. Now that Phi Slamma retired, I'm the only mean one around (except when Kassandra goes LTP).

    Where you at, Phi? You're the Mr. Hyde to my Mr. Hyde.

    by 500Dogs on 10/18/2010 4:56 PM
  33. lamarcus has clearly been watching marcus' shot-blocking technique. camby has a move where he strikes after his opponent has committed to taking a shot in the lane. using position and timing, he looks like a scorpion stinging the ball. aldridge has caught on that he's the same height with roughly the same reach, and had a couple of early blocked shots against the Ws that closed down the lane. the positioning and timing were quite nice. LMA's version is not as emphatic, but the lane was closed to guards and wings after that point when he was on the court.

    the beard should stay. he should also switch from cloth wristbands to leather ones, a la iggy pop, andre 3000 and govenor schwarzenegger. lamarcus the barbarian has nice ring to it, and is likely appropriate given the type of wreckage he's going to bring to the court this season.

    the line-up with #12 at center, and dante alongside him was very nice. as i write this, the Bs are up 8 to 0 with GS having just called a 20 to try to stop the damage down there in oak-town.

    by reverse on 10/18/2010 6:37 PM
  34. 500: I think you meant your Mr. Hyde to your Dr. Jeckyll. Either way, I don't consider myself to be "mean". Just blatantly, brutally, candidly, uneqivocally, ably- disabling, honest.

    by Phi Slamma on 10/18/2010 6:38 PM
  35. about armon

    the guy is obviously a hard worker. the other thing of note to me was the fact that his draft measurements put him in the neighborhood of john wall as far as his physical build. when you put those two together, his draft position becomes irrelevant. if he makes himself a student of the game, builds a reliable outside shot, and learns to fit in with his team, great things will happen.

    by reverse on 10/18/2010 7:01 PM
  36. lamarcus the barbarian with 7 and 5 + a steal early

    by reverse on 10/18/2010 7:02 PM
  37. Joel as number one -- yes; absolutely. i'm glad he's taken it upon himself to mentor Greg. that's exactly what we need.

    i agree with the Dante assessment. you don't have to be a homer to recognize what he brings to the team. basketball is not all about points; it's about what you can add to the team. Dante adds intelligence, effort and he commonly limits his mistakes as to not hurt his team.

    we've all been talking all summer about how Nicolas should have some plays designed for him.

    if soccer isn't Jack's forte, maybe there are other sports out there for him ... europe? really?

    500Dogs: very funny reference to the prianha. yep, gotta love that!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/18/2010 7:09 PM
  38. Phi, my man! Good to hear from ya. Actually I did mean what I typed. Maybe one day, I'll come out of my cocoon and find the sweet-natured Dr. Jekyll within me, but until then it's all Hyde all the time, baby!

    by 500Dogs on 10/18/2010 7:53 PM
  39. OMG! Is that the REAL Phi Slamma?? Welcome back, I know myself and 500 have been missing you :)

    Mr. Barrett, So sorry someone (actually 2 posters) called you a homer, but since you pointed out you get accused of being just the opposite, I guess it might have actually felt nice :) Of course, I am sure you know better than most of us that you can never please everyone, all of the time. Great blog btw! I agree with everything you said....I think (little tired, still recovering from my trip)

    Joel is a model Blazer, he is everything we adore about our men in red, black, and white. Armon is definitely a steal, and is perfect for our team right now. I, being a solid Blazer homer, have so much respect and admiration for Dante Cunningham as well. Steal? ABSOLUTELY. There is no way anyone expected what we are getting from him...no way. Thus, he is a steal. Period. Our draft choices seem pretty good, all of them. We haven't seen much of Elliot, but I suppose he just doesn't quite have the tools the other two do....D-league perhaps? Yes, Batum, who made it clear over the summer he has real developing offensive chops, needs more included for him specifically. This can only make us stronger in the long run. Let's try to remember though that even Scottie didn't become "Scottie" until much later in his career (as someone previously mentioned in another blog). Jeff has a great personality, which is good. He's smart and together, plus he's dedicated and charismatic. He might have a future in commentating...who knows?? Rudy, Rudy, Rudy....oh Rudy....I just don't know what to think. Obviously though, if he's going to play like this, we need to hang onto him. The guys on the team have hair? Whatever, I don't care what they do with it. I was never offended by Dennis and his hair/piercings/makeups/whatever, nothing to do with the game, imo. I do like LMA's beard though, makes him look older and tougher....like a MAN! And yes, i think his performance last year was seriously overlooked, as he did more to hold the team together consistently than either Camby or Miller did (who often gets the credit). LMA is going to keep improving and in the process, silence the haters (ok, not likely, but here's to hoping). I have been thinking this is either a break-out year for LMA or Batum. Since Lamarcus' game is further along, and he has more experience being a leader on the floor, I think it is more likely it is HIS year. I argue all the time with people about LMA, and it would be nice if he backed up my opimism in a BIG way :) Matthews is #3 in my favorite Blazer list at the moment. I never thought we overpaid for him. I just knew, from the beginning, he was going to be really good for this team (faulty intuition aside). As for the future soccer player....well, don't give up just yet. My 11-year-old has played since he was 4, just about every spring and fall. He LOVES it, and keeps getting better. Goals? Maybe 2 in all those years! But he found his forte a few years back, and now his coaches think he is one of the best defenders they've seen. He's tenacious, like a bulldog, and has zero fear, even when the opposing player towers over him and outweighs him by three times. Point is, does he like it? Yes...keep it going. No? Maybe find something else. My daughter has played/done t-ball, soccer, gymnastics, dance, cheer, and flag-football. So far, nothing has stuck! Some kids just aren't into sports. Of course, basketball is on deck, and I am crossing my fingers THIS is the one!

    All: thank you for taking the time to read my book :) And Ottawa was lovely, up-state NY was BEAUTIFUL in fall colors, and UNITED airlines + Chicago International Airport SUCK!!!!

    by EowynAmarie on 10/18/2010 8:01 PM
  40. Watching on nba.com and the box score shows LA, Babbitt, Roy, Bayless, and Miller in at one time. What a small lineup. Roy must be playing SF. Don't look like they are doing to well or at least we are getting hammered in the 3rd quarter.

    by mgb on 10/18/2010 8:15 PM
  41. Wow, now Dante, Babbit, Bayless, Johnson, and Williams. I thought the previous lineup was small!

    by mgb on 10/18/2010 8:23 PM
  42. well, tonight's game didn't turn out how we wanted, but we've got one more game, and we'll see what happens there.

    new blog on the site; please check it out:

    http://www.iamatrailblazersfan.com/PublicProfileRoot/MyBlog/tabid/99/EntryID/1124/IamaUserID/15768/Default.aspx

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 10/18/2010 9:26 PM
  43. I hailed the Hula-hoop. I slunked for the Slinkie. I've bathed in Crazy Foam and burnt my tender digits while making "Creeple-People".( I still can't believe they sold liquid magma as a child's toy!) On more than one occasion I was beaten with the tracks to my own Hot-Wheel set. (Before they had Child Protective Services) Why I even sported a nifty mullet while once shooting my eye with a Red-Rider bb gun. I've seen a lot of gimmicks over the years, so let's hope the Blazers' version of small ball is just that. A passing phase. Recently, Golden State has spanked Portland just like mama used to do. Oh those sweet memories.

    by Phi Slamma on 10/18/2010 9:57 PM
  44. What a lovely score... 73-100 against one of the worst defenses in the league. Now that makes me a bit worried.

    by Herr on 10/18/2010 10:28 PM
  45. I wouldn't worry to much about last nites game. It was a game of halfs and the half we took was more the way the game would be normally played. We put in some really weird rotations in the second half when Nate obviously just wanted to get a feel for different players and wasn't trying to win the game. That's what preseason is for.

    by mgb on 10/18/2010 11:38 PM
  46. Welcome back ,Phi,my brotha.hope the technical navigation didn't hurt ya too bad:)

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/19/2010 6:24 AM
  47. So,here's another perspective on last night's game.
    http://www.blazersedge.com/2010/10/18/1760668/golden-state-portland-roundup
    What do you think about the preseason and how does that impact your expectations?

    by DowntownVinnie on 10/19/2010 6:49 AM
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