The season has begun and the Blazers are exactly where they -- and their
fans -- want them to be. They've got two home wins and stand at 2-0,
with game three coming on Thursday at home against Denver.
The Nuggets come to the Rose Garden on the second night of a
back-to-back, sporting a 2-0 record. While three of their stars are
behind the Chinese wall, they've come out strong. In fact, they are one
of three undefeated teams in the Northwest Division (along with Oklahoma
City at 3-0 and Portland). Denver is not supposed to be a serious
threat, but this is a divisional game, so anything probably goes. The
Nuggets also will mark the first return to Portland for former Blazers
Andre Miller and Rudy Fernandez. They story lines of this one abound.
Alas, we all know that our new-look Blazers will battle, fight and claw
their way to put themselves in a position to win. Personally, I just
don't see the Nuggets winning in the Rose Garden. Fans in some this
league's arenas may be considered the "sixth man" but, in Portland, it's
more like the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth men.
What will happen Thursday night will happen. Here, I thought I would
take an opportunity to point out some facts and thoughts about the
season, two games in.
* The Blazers' starting forwards are averaging a combined 47.5 points per game.
* Portland is currently on pace for a 66-0 record (btw, the lakers are on pace to go 22-44).
* Marcus is averaging 11 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2 blocks.
* Gerald has a efficiency rating of +36 in the first two games.
* Sign of a true team: we're 2-0 and have no single player in the top 5 of any major NBA statistical category.
* Condensed schedule, condensed Schmedule! as i write this, from Wednesday through Saturday, the blazers have only one game in the next four nights.
* Was Gerald talking to Dr. Phil when he took a seat in the stands against Sacramento? If so, I'd say it more than worked!
* In post game interviews, I sometimes expect Gerald to use his deep
voice to break into a chorus of any number of Josh Grobin songs.
* There are more blogs, message board topics, videos and live shows on
the Blazers websites than available hours in the day to catch them all
while on vacation. I shudder to think what will happen when classes
start back up on January 9.
Craig "Rhino" Smith taking it to the hole against the Kings
* After seeing Sarah Hecht's media day interview with Craig Smith, and
seeing the way he played against Sacramento, Craig ("Rhino") is now
officially in the running to be my favorite Blazer.
* To Blazer fans, having a favorite Blazer only means the other 14 guys are an extremely close second.
* A couple of weeks ago, I heard Blazers studio/live-show host Adam
Bjaranson is going to start blogging ... I can't wait to read the first
one (hint, Adam. hint!).
* I really could go a whole lot longer before hearing Jeff van Gundy
tell his viewing audience how impressed he is with Justin Beiber.
* After converting my college dormmate, Julianne, into a Blazer fan last
year, I have an opportunity to visit she and her family in Southern
California for New Year's and so she's not so outnumbered when spreading the love of the
* I use the term "Blazer Nation," yet can't decide if it should be one word (BlazerNation) or two (Blazer Nation). Help?
* I've now lost my long-held place on the couch next to my dad during
Blazer games -- to my four-year-old sister! It's a changing of the guard
and I don't mind. I know how much sharing the Blazers meant for me and
my dad. I'm pleased Monika is having -- and will have -- the same opportunity
as I did to share the Blazer experiences I had with him.
Okay, enough of that nonsense! The thing I love most is about the Blazer
Nation/BlazerNation is that if you're reading this right now, you ARE a
I am happy and proud to be one of you.
In Kassandra's Words features
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