Portland is #2 in the West says hoopsworld!
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  1. Hugejake
    Posts: 13

    Posted 07/29/2010 6:39 PM

    I like it but do you agree?
    Portland Trail Blazers – It speaks volumes that this team, given the excessive bad luck with injuries they experienced last season, was able to pull off 50 wins.  A quick rundown: 1) Nicolas Batum missed the first 45 games due to a shoulder injury; 2) Greg Oden, coming off a 20-rebound game vs. Miami, suffered a season-ending fractured kneecap in early December requiring another surgery.  Until that point, he had he averaged 11.1 points per game, 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks; 3) Joel Przybilla, stepping up with Oden out, was sidelined in late December after rupturing a tendon which required surgery; he then re-injured it at home in March, requiring the same surgery; and finally, 4) Brandon Roy suffered a torn meniscus in April and missed the first-round series vs. the Suns with surgery.  Reports indicate everyone but Pryzbilla are returning at 100% for training camp.  With General Manager Kevin Pritchard fired, and solid Rich Cho (ex-right arm to the Thunder's general manager, Sam Presti) hired, the Blazers are poised for a more successful season…if everyone can stay healthy.  Of course, that can be said for every team.  To lessen the exposure of Oden playing only 82 games in the past three seasons, Marcus Camby was picked up mid-season and recently signed a two-year extension.  Martell Webster is out, with Rudy Fernandez surely following, but unheralded Wesley Matthews is in.  Plus they signed their two first-round draft picks, Luke Babbitt and Elliott Williams.
  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 07/30/2010 1:55 PM

    Good to see others out in the national media, besides Blazer fans, think we could be a force in the West next year.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. Hopman27
    Posts: 86

    Posted 07/30/2010 6:51 PM

    Hope people out there know that if it weren't for the injuries, we might have won the Finals.  But to be positive, the injuries have given us Camby, and I don't know if we would have snagged Matthews if Roy and Batum missed 15 or less games.
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