John Hollinger's 2010-11 Forecast for the Trail Blazers
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  1. caseyholdahl
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    Posted 09/27/2010 10:22 AM

    Tons of good stuff in John Hollinger's season preview, which alone is worth the price of ESPN Insider. I don't want to give away all good stuff since it's subscription content, but Hollinger is high on the Trail Blazers this season assuming we can make it through the season healthy.

    My favorite part ...

    Presuming the injury luck is a bit more evenly distributed this season, one has to like the Blazers' chances of moving back to the top of the Western contender pack. In fact, if Oden stays healthy, they have a chance to outlast the Lakers for the top playoff seed in the conference. I still don't think they can beat L.A. in the playoffs, because the current Blazers roster is much better constructed for the regular season than the postseason, but Portland appears to be the biggest obstacle to a fourth straight Lakers conference title.

    Holla!

    Thoughts? Are we ready to take that next step? Are you willing to beleive that second in the West is possible this season? I don't want to get hurt again.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 09/27/2010 1:08 PM

    Personally, I'm holding back expectations. I got too giddy after our 09 season and my hopes got unrealistic. This year, I am just hoping we can make it out of the first round and don't suffer any more serious injuries. Do we have the talent  capable of making a big splash? Definitely. But, this franchise has a nasty injury history and until that hurdle can be cleared, I'll take another playoffs and hopefully a 2nd round appearance. The 10 year drought has been too long!
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  1. McLegend
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    Posted 09/27/2010 4:06 PM

    If Oden can stay healthy than we should be able to make it out of the first round no problem, and as for us contending for a title? I'd say definitely within the next 2-3 years is a good time-frame. 
    I am a fan of making Kobe cry in the Western Conference Finals.
  1. FamousRoy
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    Posted 09/27/2010 5:25 PM

    Hollinger is the only analyist (besides Rip City freak Henry Abbott) who actually thinks the Blazers are better than the Thunder.  Hopefully this opinion starts to spread.  I'm sick of all the talks about the Thunder winning five championships in the next ten years.

    Thank you John!!!!!
    I am a fan of Defending the Rose Garden against the Lakers!
  1. JFWard
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    Posted 09/27/2010 9:07 PM

    Yeah, the Thunder are over-rated and over-hyped.  Kevin Durant is a legend in the making, sure, but the team as a whole still needs some time to mature.  I wish they were still in Seattle, because this is going to be a great rivalry for the next 5 years, particularly if Oden gets healthy and Batum lives up to expectations.
    I am a fan of not forgetting about the intangibles.
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