mikebarrett

Nov 17

Matthews and Miller in Memphis

By mikebarrett
Last week when the Trail Blazers defeated the Detroit Pistons, I called it a much-needed victory. I take that back. That wasn’t a must-needed win. Tuesday night’s win in Memphis was a much-needed win.

I know, our definitions change depending on the situation. That’s always the way it goes. I’m sure down the road I’ll be talking about other victories that eclipse the importance of the win over the Grizzlies. It was just the timing of this one that hit the spot- the end of a rough stretch, Brandon out, coming off a bad performance at New Orleans that followed a heartbreaking loss at Oklahoma City.

Recent history said we should have expected a win. After all, the Trail Blazers haven’t lost in Memphis since 2005. That’s now eight-consecutive victories at the Fed Ex Forum. Yes, that’s the longest road winning streak this team owns over any opponent.

For once (it seems), the Trail Blazers were the team catching an opponent on the second of a back-to-back situation. But even that seemed like it work against them, given the way the Grizzlies played on Monday night in Orlando. They were out of that game in the early going, so it wasn’t like it was emotionally taxing. And, after that loss, the Grizzlies held a players-only meeting. It’s not usually a good idea to catch an underachieving team after a players-only meeting. There’s no science there, it just never seems to work out well.

Also consider that Memphis has played a very difficult schedule so far and has put together some impressive wins. They’ve won at Dallas, beaten Phoenix twice, and had the Boston Celtics on the ropes in their last home game, before falling in overtime. This was to be their get-well game.

One other factor working against the Trail Blazers, and this, of course, was no small matter- Portland was playing without Brandon Roy. And, this was the final game of a three-game trip. Memphis probably spent time after this game talking about how it can be dangerous to catch a good team that’s playing its first game without its star. We all qualify our wins and losses.

On this night Portland needed someone to step up and carry the offensive load. Wesley Matthews was up to the task. He scored 22 points in the first half, and was the reason carried a six-point lead into the locker room. In the second half he had eight, and ended up with a career-high 30. So, he shared the MVP honors in this one.

The other half of that award has to go to Andre Miller. When Memphis tried to take away Matthews in the second half, Miller exploded. After scoring just two points in the first half, and struggling from the field, Miller had 17 in the second half, including 13 in the fourth quarter, as the Blazers finally put the game away, 100-99.

Certainly deserving mention were LaMarcus Aldridge, who ended with 23 points, and Marcus Camby, who scored only six points, but grabbed 17 rebounds.

In other words, this was a team effort, and absolutely every point and rebound was necessary to defeat the inspired Grizzlies. The Blazers improved to 7-5, and all things considered (I know, I hate qualifying things by using that phrase), that’s not bad. Even though I’d love to say they are through this difficult patch, I’d be lying. The Blazers now come home to take on Denver, Utah, and New Orleans.

Roy will undergo an MRI on his knee, and we should know about his availability very soon. And, Joel Przybilla will be returning to the lineup at some point on this three-game home stand. It won’t be easy without Brandon, if indeed they are forced to go to war without him in the near future. Of course, there’s the chance he returns Thursday, Friday, or following this little Thanksgiving break in the schedule. We just don’t know.

But, Matthews (and company) showed that despite being shorthanded, they can still be a force. The thing about the NBA is, now that Wesley has shown what he can do in this system, teams will scheme to shut him down. Everyone is scouted, and the coaches in this league are just too good. It’ll once again take a combination of players to lift this team, and not being at full strength means they can’t have an off night and expect to win.

Shorthanded and not much margin for error- that’s all we know anyway, right?

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43 Comments

  1. Thanks for the update Mike:

    I missed the second half of the game, you guessed it bowling night. the first half was so exciting, I thought I was almost late for bowling.

    Last year when we were short-handed and they took one player out a different one stepped up I hope that trend continues this year.

    I surelly hope BRoy will be able to return shortly, but it would be compforting to know we are in good hands while he is missing.

    I watched the high lights and it sounds like the Blazers was up to thier old tricks of the heart attack kids.

    Thanks again Mike

    Hg

    by magnumpi on 11/17/2010 8:59 AM
  2. Marcus was the man for me, 17 rebounds and Gasoal controled all night. LMA had a good game but it would be nice to get more that 4 rebounds out of your starting PF. Rudy had a very forgetable night. I hope he doesn't go into a funk like he did last yr. when we really needed him.

    by Ancientone on 11/17/2010 9:44 AM
  3. I missed all except the last few mins of the game. Right off I seen Wesley throw up a long shot that missed and I yelled at him for blowing it and ask him when the heck was he going to get his game together. My wife then inform me what a excellent game he had. Ooops. Hate it when my wife knows more about a game than I do!

    Anyway, good win and now back home. I'm hoping to make it to my first game against NO. Can't wait!!

    by mgb on 11/17/2010 9:47 AM
  4. Camby did great I thought, but why cant he have 17 rebounds every game? Some games I feel like he's just fallen asleep under there. I heard you and Rice mention on TV that nate had talked to marcus about needing more from him... maybe nate needs to have that talk with him every game? until pryz gets back on the floor, we need someone to dominate and fly in for those boards. i feel like some of the games we have let slip away, we could have won, had it not been for losing the rebounding game.

    by Cristi on 11/17/2010 10:03 AM
  5. haven't read this post yet, but this is a must read:

    http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2010/11/colin_hoobler_muscle-strengthe.html

    by reverse on 11/17/2010 11:34 AM
  6. about andre

    his ability to control games is very interesting. at work we've discussed his play, and the fact that he almost always seems in command. one thing that i've noticed about his shot is the flatness of it. from long range it is a hinderance. from about 17 feet and in it is a thing of beauty, and obviously a shot honed to be effective outdoors, even in a stiff breeze. he's aiming not for the bottom of the net, but the back of the rim. in control, and commanding the ball to go through the hoop. the fact that he had a couple of careless turnovers early in yesterdays game show how much you can expect from him. from other pgs you expect at least a couple of reckless turnovers. from andre in the first half yesterday it was a noticeable departure. miller is the type of player that can drop 30 in a playoff game, or 50 in the regular season, but generally uses his control to guide teammates to their strengths. watching him and chauncey face off on thursday will be a joy.

    by reverse on 11/17/2010 11:51 AM
  7. lamarcus

    the next time he faces serge ibaka, he should take him as far away from the hoop as possible. ibaka is allowed to push, pull & foul near the basket. okc has star power over the refs, so the blazers should react accordingly. aldridge is an all-court player, and should show the thunder as much. this should be a calculated move. a high pick and pop, or drifting beyond the arc. if serge can stay with him out to 3pt range, i'd be shocked.

    by reverse on 11/17/2010 11:57 AM
  8. another note on lamarcus

    from about 5 feet in he needs to shoot the ball off the glass. from 5' out he is money. closer to the rim, when not dunking, he needs to take it to the bank. his soft touch will do the rest. joel made a similar adjustment a while back that paid off hugely around the basket.

    by reverse on 11/17/2010 1:54 PM
  9. I would just like to focus on some comments regarding Rudy. Just by reading that you said Rudy had an "off night" shows that you only know basketball from one aspect..the tv/radio/statsheet. Rudy is a very complete and intelligent player. He does so many things on the court that have nothing to do with glamor stats. He penetrates and kicks and he forces offense to over pursue and overthrow their passes in fear of the pass being stolen. No Rudy is playing great and he is back t ohis energetic self. I tas you with just following what Rudy does in a game, trust me, he is playing well.

    by LTG on 11/17/2010 2:41 PM
  10. Good notes on LMA, Travis. Ibaka will get dinged for pushing him around out there, which will make life easier for everybody. Also, using the backboard is a good idea, especially when he goes left where that hook isn't quite as smooth.

    All around, I can't express how impressed I have been with LaMarcus this season. He's really been the silver lining in a bleak start. I can't wait until the rest of the Blazers catch up (which appears to be happening) and teams will have to pay for doubling him. Here's hoping he has a good night tomorrow!

    by 500Dogs on 11/17/2010 2:48 PM
  11. Looks like I still can't catch a break. Folks, today we've lost a Blazer fan that saw all the good times in franchise history, including the championship, and always stuck to his team. Everyday I visited him he was looking at Blazer magazines, watching the game, or watching the sport in general.

    Rest in peace James Watson. A great man, and a great grandfather

    by Herr on 11/17/2010 5:27 PM
  12. Gues that answers my question about Matthews steppin up.But Dre was key in finishing.Notice how Dre steps up when Broy is out.ie... 50 point game.Luv that guy:)


    Herr.....Sorry for your continued losses and sorry life is treating you harsh. Just remember, everyone's path has a reason,hope you find yours,bud.

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/17/2010 6:23 PM
  13. Vinnie: ditto

    by Ancientone on 11/17/2010 6:35 PM
  14. @ Herr - Sincerest condolences on your loss. I'd like to think your Grandfather is up in Heaven watching the Blazers with the Enforcer. God Bless You and your family~

    by Pamela Porter on 11/17/2010 7:20 PM
  15. Oden out for the SEASON , to get microfracture Surgery.That's why the blazers have been so quiet about GO.well,that sucks .Eric Dampier,Anybody
    .Here we go again.

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/17/2010 7:33 PM
  16. Wow, I can't believe it. I was concern when Oden got back how long he'd stay healthy, but to not even make it back on the floor and out another year? That sucks so much. I really feel for Oden though. How ever bad I feel mutiply it by a billion to know how Oden must feel.

    by mgb on 11/17/2010 7:54 PM
  17. And where does this leave Oden with no contract? I know we can match, but this is so hard to figure how much to match. I doubt anyone would pay him much in a year, but someone might just try to make us pay a lot by offering him a lot and gambling we'll match it. Of course that could back fire.

    by mgb on 11/17/2010 7:56 PM
  18. I've about had it with this team, and the sad thing is they aren't to blame. It's just too frustrating to watch the Blazers go another year where they get out of the first round.

    My patience is limited. It was fun when we were uprising, taking steps forward, but if we get out of the first round this season, I may not even bother. It's too frustrating to watch. This team has so much potential yet it's wasted.

    Sign Oden? Of course! No one wants him, he's nearly worthless. Missing almost two season in a row to injury on his knees... just sickens me. Again, not his fault, but come on. Can I please get some money for laying around? I actually need it, and pretty badly.

    Go Heat! Because right now, I expect a 2nd round appearance, but there is no way this team is ready to beat the Lakers, now that we have to wait another year to match their height.

    Would not be surprised if we miss the playoffs.

    by Herr on 11/17/2010 8:17 PM
  19. We are going to need everyone to keep stepping up! Let's hope we are not seeing a repeat of last year!

    by RedRudy5 on 11/17/2010 9:42 PM
  20. It's like we got kneed in the groin( pardon the pun). Hang in there Herr. Those that critisized not extending Oden's contract, whot say you?
    Now we get a chance to see what the character of this team is. There is still a lot of talent here and this season depends on what they do with it. It's a chance for some of these guys to show they are as good as they think they are. However it will require giving it they're all. So we'll see what they're character really amounts to.

    by Ancientone on 11/17/2010 9:46 PM
  21. If there is any good news, we might get a trade exception.

    Man I just feel sooooooooooo bad for GO.Just imagine how HE feels.Poor dude.

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/17/2010 10:45 PM
  22. A while back someone here mentioned Sam Bowie in relation to Greg Oden and someone else responded adamantly that GO is no SB. Well, now it's becoming apparent that he might be. It's not Greg's fault just as it wasn't Sam's fault, their bodies just weren't up to the demands of the NBA.

    What kinda surprises me is that none of this showed up on Greg's physical exam before they signed him. They did give him a rigorous exam right? He's played only 82 games since then, how can so much cartilage just disappear in such a short time? Something wrong genetically?

    Will GO ever play again? I sure hope so but the odds say he won't, at least nowhere near the level of a #1 pick. The Blazers are once more the victims of a potentially super #1 pick going very wrong. No Michael Jordan, no Kevin Durant -- and now no BRoy either, thus no title in the near future, just disbelief and dismay.

    Which basketball god did we irritate?

    by dgpdx on 11/17/2010 10:57 PM
  23. the team will respond

    we have a team here folks

    andre, armon & patty
    brandon, wesley & rudy
    nic, dante & luke
    lamarcus & sean
    marcus & joel

    i'll say it again and again, they will battle back.

    when that 6'9" 250lb. banger is available, bring him in...

    by reverse on 11/17/2010 10:59 PM
  24. i hope the guys take it out on denver

    by reverse on 11/17/2010 11:07 PM
  25. When did we lose BRoy? Funny, I just read his MRI showed nothing, no need for surgery. He's out for the next two games, and that's it at this point. Seems he just needs to rest a bit, and make adjustments.

    I am in utter shock about Greg. I feel terrible for him, absolutely terrible. He's been working so hard, trying to be positive, probably getting hungry again. But he's had this nagging pain and swelling. They kept saying tendonitis, which seemed reasonable. So, I am sure glad they decided on another MRI. I understand the cartilage damage is not really related to the patella injury, but wow, glad they checked into it. Imagine if he had tried to come back, or just kept rehabbing, and this was discovered even later? Better to know we cannot count on him returning and make our adjustments in expectations and attitudes early in the season.

    It's funny, my husband has been saying for about three months that Oden wouldn't be back. I kept pestering about him and he would just pull the "intuition" card on me. He just had a gut feeling, and I am going to hate telling him he was actually right, lol!

    I think that when Joel returns, we will have a pretty decent frontcourt. I know Dante is small, and has to play big, but you know what? He does a great job of it. Marks seems alright on occassion, though defensively he's........yeah. Marcus is a rebounding God and Joel is an enforcer. No, we won't have the length and size we were hoping for, but I think we will be okay for now.

    Having said that, I expect the Blazers will try to go after someone, but honestly, it's hard to imagine who we give up in a trade or even what kinds of trades to go for right now. Joel isn't even back yet. Brandon's future, though probably just fine, is uncertain (meaning, we could need whatever commodities we have to shore up his contributions). GO is still on the payroll and is NOT tradeable. We NEED Miller, expiring contract or not. So, who of any value could we possibly let go? I mean, seriously, who are other teams going to be willing to give up for........who? I just can't see it right now. Once again, I do not envy Cho's job in the least. Trust me though, I am sure he is trying to think far more longterm than any of us are!


    I think we lose to Denver, beat Utah (which makes ZERO sense), and then lose to the Hornets again. I know, not too optimistic am I? If Joel really is back for the Hornets game, than I think we win that one (emotional lift, right?). I still think he'll be back on Saturday though, and maybe that's why I think we'll beat Utah. It won't surprise me though if we lose all three. It will surprise me if we win all three. I wil be perfectly happy with one of the three though. They are all tough, regardless of being at home. JMO :)

    by EowynAmarie on 11/17/2010 11:14 PM
  26. Not much fun on this roller coaster right now. We get a big lift from a very nice team victory, and then get gut-punched. I still think we've got a solid play-off team, and if you find that too depressing to think about, you might want to talk to some fans in New Jersey and D.C. just for starters. I was here for the years when the Blazers always made the playoffs but never made it to the championship game, and it won't be the worst tragedy imaginable if that's where we get stuck again. But it's hard to give up a dream. What just got taken away is our belief that we might actually win a championship in the near future. I feel that, but what hurts me more is the realization that we're in trouble down the line. Even when Joel comes back we've got two old centers, the younger one coming off a major injury. It seems unlikely as things stand now that Brandon will take a step forward this year; we're all worried that he might instead be staggering toward the exit. It's not clear that you could scrape together two good knees from the healthy bits left in Brandon and Greg's knees. And two weeks ago we had no idea this was coming, or if we did, we told ourselves it was just a morbid imagination. We wanted to believe, and it hurts to lose that.
    But for right now we've still got a pretty entertaining team to follow. We get to watch Aldridge grow into the main man, watch Wesley take steps forward--that was a pretty big one in Memphis--watch Nick grow up and try to guess where his ceiling will be. We can enjoy the surprise when Andre pulls out the latest from his oddball bag of tricks, smile as Camby swat balls away and drop lobs to the rim, take the wild thrill ride that is Rudy, track Armon's progress, enjoy Dante's hustle and wait patiently for our rare glimpses of Luke and Patty. We still get to look forward to Joel's return, and if we've just used up the worst of our luck for another year, we can also look forward to the Blazer's become a better-meshed team, where the players know more and more what each of them can do and learn how to help each other do it. Our expectations have been shattered, but sometimes that's a good thing. I like to call myself a cheerful pessimist; I expect the worst and therefore get a lot of pleasure when things aren't as bad as I feared. Now that our hopes have been cut down to size I wouldn't be a bit surprised if, at the end of the season, we find ourselves a good deal happier than the fans in Miami, who still expect the moon, and will sulk like a spoiled kid when they end up in the dust.

    by Islander on 11/18/2010 12:19 AM
  27. I say we trade Mills, Cunningham, Fernandez, and Williams for Iggy. Heck, might even give Oden or Joel for Iggy. That'd help us a lot. Put Iggy behind Batum and Mathews behind Roy. Or put Iggy behind Batum, but I doubt he'd want to be a bench player.

    by Herr on 11/18/2010 12:35 AM
  28. We shouldn't trade for iggy when we need a "biggy".

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/18/2010 1:07 PM
  29. Read an article about Roy being put into trade discussions.

    This will make or break the Blazers. I'll give you a hint - it's not making it. I will no longer be a Blazer fan if Brandon Roy gets traded.

    by Herr on 11/18/2010 1:35 PM
  30. andre needs to hit rudy with a pass going to the basket to get him started. warm it up rudy!

    by reverse on 11/18/2010 1:51 PM
  31. I've been trying to think of the proper way to approach the Oden situation since I first heard about it 19 hours ago. What I've come to realize is there's no way to encapsulate my feelings about his place on the team, their future without him, and my opinion on what the management do in one post. So I won't. What I've been struck by is his age. Instead of whining about the team, I'm going to try to identify with the young man by recalling what I was doing when I was his age...

    That was a year of unrequited love, heavy drinking, a move to Portland, and the complete reinvention of myself as a human being. I suffered, I persevered, I suffered some more, and I came out of it all still confused about my place in the world. My only dream was to be a bartender, and by the end of that year, I had achieved it.

    All told, that was one of the best years of my life. My only responsibility was to be at work on time. All I did outside of work was drink, smoke, shop, and try to get laid. It was fantastic. Since then, I've realized the benefits of a healthy life, but at that age I felt indestructible. There were no limits; no fear; no greater purpose to strive for. I was blissfully ignorant, and spinning in a tornado self-destruction that felt like paradise.

    By the close of my 22nd year, I had seen the ceiling of that life and started laying the foundation for a more sustainable existence, starting with a backpacking trip abroad. It took another year to get out, but I did.

    Greg has been robbed of the opportunity to experience anything like the freedom I enjoyed. Expectations have been loaded upon him since he was a very young man, and all because he's big. That same bigness is responsible for all the pain and sorrow that he has suffered since he was drafted. I wonder if he ever wishes he were small? Just another average young man without the pressure of the world's attention, able to go out, get smashed, and try to get laid without millions of people criticizing you for it. Even if he retired tomorrow, he wouldn't get that freedom.

    So I do feel sorry for Greg. I'm sorry his youth has been stolen from by his coaches, fans, and--most painfully--his own body. Nobody deserves that. I wish him a good recovery and a better life, whether that's in the NBA or not.

    by 500Dogs on 11/18/2010 3:05 PM
  32. Ya, 500Dogs, but he has a few million bucks to help him along if he never plays in the NBA and at just 22 he can do plenty of celebrating if he wants. He's had some youthful expriences if you think back to some cell ph pics. :)

    Anyway, I do feel for him because he's had the weight of the franshise on his shoulders and have so many people judging him and has had to rehab so much. I sure he feels worse than we do, but he's sitting pretty if he decides to never play another game.

    by mgb on 11/18/2010 3:22 PM
  33. Kenyon Martin knows how GO feels.
    http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2010/11/nuggets_kenyon_martin_has_trav.html

    Go Blazers

    by DowntownVinnie on 11/18/2010 5:05 PM
  34. The inevitable comparisons to GO and Sam Bowie are unavoidable. Enough of defending Greg's honor with the sword pulled from the stone. The crazy thing about it was that the franchise was forever criticized for not selecting MJ over Bowie. Truth be told, we were not even interested in Jordan or Bowie. We had our sights on Akeem, and the blazer organization was fined a record (at the time) quarter of a million dollars for even daring to dream about the Dream. Ironically, that same draft produced the likes of future Hall of Famers, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. Not to mention the outrageous rebounders and defenders Otis Thorpe and Michael Cage.Throw in Sam Perkins and Kevin Willis, and you had a draft for the ages. The blazers didn't just mess up with drafting Bowie; they could have been blindfolded, spun around 30 times, and had a swarm of killer bees nestled in their underwear while flailing a dart at a pinata and come out better. As for Oden? At the time he was clearly the number one pick. As good as Durant has become, the disaster that Oden has come to represent could not have been foreseen without the use of a deck of highly accurate, gypsy tarot cards. Greg's stately, although prematurely-aged mug, would eventually come to epitomize the dreaded card of "Death". God rest his soul.

    by Phi Slamma on 11/18/2010 5:13 PM
  35. About Oden: I'd like to make an omniscient statement. However I' m only human and I wish him all the best

    by Ancientone on 11/18/2010 5:31 PM
  36. well, when i found out about Greg i wasn't as surprised as i should have been. i really don't know what to say. it's very bothersome. i like Greg; he seems like a nice guy. however, we can't keep putting up with this. i think by next off-season, he will be gone. we need reliability and he just doesn't bring that. i've been a defender of Greg's, but i just don't think i can take that position any longer.

    i think it's unfortunate that the news about Greg will probably dilute the return of Joel. since i'll be able to watch the game tonight, i'm hoping to see Joel enter the lineup. that could be a great boost to us against the nuggets.

    as for the memphis game, it was a team effort. it seems like when we talk about a blazers win here, it always comes to that. we know that for us, team efforts win games. if Wesley conjtinues to play at that level, he'll erase my skepticism of him. Andre, as i've been saying all along, is a guy we can depend on when we need him. on a team with our recent injury history, i find it ironic that he's the iron man that he is.

    pizza with the dormmate tonight as we watch us some blazers!

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 11/18/2010 5:40 PM
  37. EowynAmarie: i should pribably give my two sense on your predictions. i'm picking a win against denver and a loss against utah. you're right, it makes no sense.

    i also agree with you that our frontcourt, at least in the short term, will be fine with Marcus and Joel at center. that gives us the opportunity to use Dante to back up Lamarcus, and maybe spell Nicolas at sf as well, especially when Brandon is out.

    anyone know whether Joel will be on the active list tonight?

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 11/18/2010 5:48 PM
  38. Kassandra
    I totally disagree with you about Oden! We have invested alot into the guy to not see his full potential. His right knee has grown stronger since his micro-fracture surgery, His bone density is off the charts. We don't need Oden to be any more than a force in the middle and get some rebounds. Joel won't be around that much longer and we would probably have to spend more than we will have to pay Greg to get a decent center. Greg has shown alot of determination to come back from his injuries and mark my work, I think he will come back and make a big impact on our team!!!!!!!!

    by Gavinfan on 11/18/2010 6:39 PM
  39. Gavinfan: we've invested a lot in a lot of players, but Greg is simply unreliable. prior to the season, the team did not pick up the option on Greg. that's why i see us moving him. it'll probably be something like a sign-and-trade deal. i hate to see the potential lost, but there are times when we just need to move on.

    ~ Kassandra

    by Kassandra on 11/18/2010 6:47 PM
  40. Anybody hear the Bald Face Truth today, when Quick came on and related what his long and intense conversation with Larry Miller produced? No? Well, in a nutshell, Larry said:

    1) The organization is standing behind Greg and he (Larry) sees them making a qualifying offer. He believes Greg will be an impact player for the Blazers.

    2) The organziation abosolutely knew about Brandon's left knee and right knee when they signed him to his extension. His performance in the 2008-09 season (post-surgery) was taken as an indication the lack of meniscus was not really going to be a problem (aka, there were NO secrets)

    I'm sure Quick will put it in print, if he has not already. Interesting to hear him talk about it though. He was very surprised to hear Larry's position on Greg, as I think most people would be today. Interesting stuff.

    Kassandra: I love it when we are on opposite sides, lol! You and I both will be hoping and hoping to see Joel sooner rather than later :) Glad you get to see this one, though it means you have to listen to Chuck!

    GO BLAZERS!

    by EowynAmarie on 11/18/2010 7:04 PM
  41. Gavinfan,

    I agree with you and it looks like the Blazers do too because Cho said we will make the 8.8M offer to him to keep him a resrictive free agent. I'm really happy they have decided to do that. Like you said his right knee is suppose to be stronger than it was before surgery so his left should be too! I still believe and it'll be even sweeter when Oden is dominating the league after all this and all the doubters out there.

    by mgb on 11/18/2010 7:10 PM
  42. MGB:

    Maybe Dre is a injury All-Star. He sure is stepping up in BRoy's absence.
    Great game, I neve had a fear LOL.

    by magnumpi on 11/18/2010 10:44 PM
  43. i am very happy to see that president miller has greg in the blazers' future plans. the year after his first micro-fracture surgery was his most productive season when he played 61 games and averaged 21.5min & just under 9 points and 7 rebounds.

    believe it or not in the nba, you'd pay $8.79mil for that, especially from a 23 year old that has greater potential. nene makes $11.3mil this year for crying out loud. if they throw in the towel, they risk watching oden come into his own for another team (it would be an abomination to see him flourish for the thunder). joel is making $7.4mil this year & might average something like 4pts and 8 rebs.

    in my greg oden injury timeline, i see things as this:
    september '07 greg has micro-fracture1
    february '09 greg has collision with corey maggette chipping his knee-cap.
    december '09 as a result of damaged knee-cap, greg suffers fractured knee-cap.
    november '10 greg has microfracture2
    jan '12 greg returns to the blazers and finishes season strong

    if the qualifying offer is accepted, it also buys the blazers the opportunity to negotiate an extension during the end of '11-'12 season based on performance. unless the cba rules change drastically, this is the most prudent course of action. there is no need to turn the page or move on. frustrations must be dealt with and put aside.

    marcus is under contract until '11-'12 season. joel very well could stay a blazer for even longer, and the blazer brass has shown they are willing to move to acquire players. my view for the last several years has been that they need to bring in a physical 4/5 guy to bring the thump. as of right now, portland is 1/2 game out of 1st in the division, and will scrap to keep things going.

    by reverse on 11/19/2010 12:19 AM
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