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Dec 24

Even After A Loss I'm Impressed

By antonioharvey

I consider myself the ultimate optimist, why wouldn’t I be? I have a great job, around a great group of guys, and I get to listen to Wheels every night. So after another disappointing loss to the Sacramento Kings last night, I found myself looking at the situation the team is in, and ultimately smiling at where this team is and what it’s doing. 

Let’s look at the expectations before the season started, I figured this team would win 37 games this season, 17-24 over the first half of the season (figuring 10-10 at home and 7-14 on the road) but they would follow that up with a 20-21 second half (15-6 at home, and 5-15 on the road,) But the Blazers have exceeded my expectations in a big way! The road record is just about exactly what I thought it would be, I predicted 7-14 (.333), the team is 4-9  (.300), but at home, the team has once again been stellar! They currently sit at 9-4 (.692) at home, which puts them on pace to win 15 home games in the first half of the season, which is 5 better than I anticipated. If they simply do the same with NO improvement in the 2nd half of the season they will come in with 42 wins, one game over .500. That would be a remarkable feat considering this is a team no one thought much about coming into the season. 

Now, this won’t be enough to make the playoffs, but it’s a better start to this newest chapter in the Blazers history. Remember what happened the last time this team started a new chapter? Try 21, to 32, to 41, to 54, this time around the floor is set much higher so the resurgence should happen a whole lot quicker. 

Don’t get me wrong, there are still some considerable deficiencies with this team, the bench has to become more consistent! They still have to figure what it takes to play better defense, BUT all things considered, I like where this team is and I really like where they can go. All-Star Lamarcus Aldridge, future ROY Damian Lillard, every-man Nic Batum, and the Iron-man Wesley Matthews (I know, he’s got a dent in the armor as I right this,) and Mr. Double-Double, JJ Hickson. If Luke Babbitt continues to develop and Meyers Leanard, Victor Claver and Joel Freeland continue to figure the NBA out, this team has a very bright future!

So in this time of giving, I think we should give this team a chance and I think we will all be happily surprised with what the end product will be. 

On a personal note, I want to thank each of you for being loyal fans and I look forward to seeing you all at the Rose Garden this season. 

Merry Christmas!

4 Comments

  1. Hey Tone, I agree with you whole heartily, We know the team isn't going to win every game and they are going to be beat by some teams that they should beat. In Sac Town, Travis Outlaw did a number on us the second time in a row. Bad games still happen, but as you said in the large curve of things we are becoming a pretty solid team. We do have flaws as every NBA team in the NBA does. Our young bench is getting on the court for quality minutes, and Stotts does a good job of inserting different players at different times.

    But let me tell you If DLill says we can make the play-offs, I won't argue with him.
    I would love to get to the Rose Garden and just come down and shake yours, Wheels and Mike and Mike's hand. but if I ever got the money to come, I would pass out going to the lower elevation from the nose bleed section and I am to old to make it all the way back up LMAO.

    Merry Christmas Tone

    by Hg on 12/24/2012 1:24 PM
  2. I'm with you Tone. Overall, impressive given the expectations. If the team can figure things out on defense and Nic can continue to be solid then that combined with Lamarcus, Damien, JJ and Wesley we will continue to exceed expectations and make forward progress. Have a happy and safe holiday!

    by trinity on 12/24/2012 2:00 PM
  3. Merry Christmas

    by Siccolo on 12/24/2012 5:21 PM
  4. Tone,

    Thanks for your optimism. I agree with you about the surprising results we are seeing from the team right now. I think my biggest surprise has been Nicolas. A big contract either makes you or breaks you in my opinion and Nico seems to be determined to earn every penny this year. I am also optimistic about Luke for the first time in his career. He seems to be slowing down and not running around so wild-eyed like he used to.
    Just wondering what you think of the new coaching staff. Too early to tell? It feels like they are pushing the right buttons so far and really showing faith in the role players.

    by Just Tim on 12/25/2012 2:32 PM
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