Dec 28

After Two Games ...

By Kassandra Posted in: Blazers, geraldwallace, Kings, Lakers, MarcusCamby, Nuggets
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 Blazer Nation.

* 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 Blazers fan.

I am happy and proud to be one of you.


In Kassandra's Words features regular blogs throughout the year. Comments and questions are welcome and encouraged. Seasons begin and end; players come and go; our Blazers are forever. Please follow on twitter: @PDXKass
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  1. ok random very random, thougth to pop in my head babitt is a far close to second lol craig "rhino" smith seriously feel liek this is a twitter post of the day you copied and pasted lol, adn im happy and thing sometimes i shoudlnt have subscribed to your post ADN coments cuz seriously one day got 6 emaisl sayign you have a new comment lol but al in all good post felt almsot liek you needed just casey cuz this si most youd say on his show you wanted to talk abotu blazers lol but it made me laugh and smile ( yes genuinely lol)

    by jamie (guy) on 12/28/2011 9:55 PM
  2. Jamie, i was being tongue-in-cheek. a lot of it was just in fun. i had thoughts and wrote the blog. that's all there is to it.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 12/28/2011 9:58 PM
  3. oh dont get me wrong i liekd it, its giving me a lil itch to write something, but my writings have no structure its just one big thought :(

    by jamie (guy) on 12/28/2011 10:06 PM
  4. if you want to write, do it. you can always edit and polish it. btw, my favorite part is the part about my sister taking my spot. i love that girl!

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 12/28/2011 10:11 PM
  5. Hey Miss Kassandra, I thank you for your post. BlazerNation sound OK.
    I just got off work and read your blog first, so Of course I am a Blazer fan and a Kassandra fan.
    Thank you for thinking my predictions were OK. Of course there is no way of knowing yet, but it is fun.

    I am not sure what jamie (guy) is saying above. Can you read it?

    I sure hope you are right about tomorrow night. I have to work my butt off to watch the game, but I will make it. BTW, I have plenty of butt to work off doing Christmas feistivities.

    by Hg on 12/28/2011 10:13 PM
  6. I vote for one word: BlazerNation.

    Also, love this: "To Blazer fans, having a favorite Blazer only means the other 14 guys are an extremely close second." So true.

    Fabulous stuff as always Kass!

    by sarahhecht on 12/28/2011 10:24 PM
  7. Nice as usual. I clearly need to learn how to pretty up my posts (i.e., center my headings without everything centering and put in some pics). My friend is the web guy and usually does that for me.
    You clearly set the bar in here for the non-official team bloggers for us to put more time/effort into our posts.

    by Mike Hustad on 12/29/2011 1:33 PM
  8. Hg: i'm just glad you have the option of getting work done in order to see the blazers. i am soooo excited about this team. it's different, and unfamiliar, but i'm already seeing what we can do. i'm not going to comment on the butt comments!

    @Sarah: that line is so totally true! i love all these guys ... but when someone asks for your favorite blazer, i basically want to throw out a name ... Craig pretty much has it at this point. at least, it's his place to lose!

    Mike. i like what you've written. presentation is important to me when writing these blogs. i want them to be pleasing to the eye at the same time i convey my message(s). regardless, you're doing great in your blogs!

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 12/28/2011 11:20 PM
  9. oh, and Hg & Sarah: one word -- BlazerNation!

    by Kassandra on 12/28/2011 11:22 PM
  10. I vote for one word BlazerNation! I loved that your little sister is now taking the place on the couch with your dad...to me that is precious...I know I share my love of sports with my dad and that is special. I loved the pic of the predator taking time to sit with a fan at courtside during the game. how funny and cute. He must have landed somewhere...I think my fave player is the predator right now. i love his style and instinct of play. plus he is a mystery off the court...the fact that he chose to move here in august for his kids and to know portland that is great. I have a feeling he wants to stay here long term...loved the tongue in cheek...I have yet to blog but will be soon...

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 12/29/2011 11:33 AM
  11. I agree with Sarah, the "To Blazer fans, having a favorite Blazer only means the other 14 guys are an extremely close second" part is very true indeed, lol. Plus, where you said "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".......I love it!!! I love being a Blazermaniac!!

    by newellbrian on 12/29/2011 4:13 PM
  12. I too am on the one word bandwagon. But to me, it's more than Blazernation, it's Blazer family.

    by blazerdarren77 on 12/29/2011 6:16 PM
  13. Blazer families make a nation.

    how about the team tonight. The BlazerNation was at it best.

    by Hg on 12/29/2011 9:44 PM
  14. I was wondering about Crawford, but he just moved up my fav list.

    by Hg on 12/29/2011 9:45 PM
  15. Kassandra-
    Thanks for the kind words. To be completely honest, I have found blogging to be a little bit frustrating so far, but it's early. Most of the stuff I've done has been long, long, profiles and features that typically take 4-10 hours. I seemed to receive much better reception doing that compared to this.

    There's something difficult about writing something short that grabs you. I'm learning.I spent 1 1/2 hrs on the Paul Allen article, and 20 minutes after I posted it I realized it was a flameout. I didn't like it at all. I didn't address the opening quote until the second paragraph, it doesn't flow well, and I didn't stick with the central theme and whole reason I wrote it. I knew writing about Paul Allen wouldn't be a sexy, catchy "rah rah Blazers" type of topic, but I was motivated to do it anyway. To many, it's just the Blazers' owner holding a press conference; but to those of us that grew up socaily awkward, low on self esteem and often feeling misunderstood, it meant more. It wasn't meant to be as much about the Blazers as it was about a life lesson that you can turn your life around by doing small things. Doing something small can start a chain reaction of good things that ultimately turn your life, or reputation, around. I know this from personal experience. Paul Allen did something he rarely does, and I see that action in a similar way.

    I love John Canzano because he doesn't hold back; he says what he wants to say, no matter if it's what people want to hear - what is going to make people feel good - or not. Questioning if we are being overoptimistic in my last post isn't popular and doesn't get people fired up, but it's being honest and a realist - that its' early. The Denver win proved a lot in that the Blazers' performance so far is legit and worthy of the excitement. I consider this road trip the "true test" of if this team is a conference contender. Of course, they don't have to win both games to avoid losing the "contender" label, but if they do....

    I should have spent all this energy on another post.

    by Mike Hustad on 12/30/2011 11:55 PM
  16. @Mike Hustod;
    Most of us posters are not so critical about the presentation as we are about the message delivered.
    I started posting on MB blog, just a short time before Kassandra did. To be truthful, I don't remember how her post was presented nearly as much as the information and knowledge of the Trailblazers she had. Of course right of the top, she let me know it was her dad's input more then it was hers. The long short of it is I have little writing skills, and at the time had very little knowledge of the Blazers, blogging and posting. I was just a devoted Blazer fan from the get go. Kassandra taught me a lot about the Blazers as individuals, the ropes on posting and staying on subject LOL, Private joke, with the optimism of being a true fan with just a tad of homerism :). Therefore I just look for the information that she provides, but now that you have made me aware of it, she does give a good presentation as do you.

    On to the Blazers, This is the first road trip. It is a test to see how we do on the road this year against worthy opponents. I am looking for more improvement for all our players and beings as how it is still early; I am thinking more of a learning tool more then a test.

    If we win both, lose both or split, as long as the team takes it in stride and doesn't let it get in their heads, we will learn from this road trip.

    We are going to eventually lose, It will be more then likely to a team that we over look. I don't think this will be the case on this trip as CP3 has always been a thorn in our side; OKC is our rivals. Nevertheless we could end up losing to OKC easily because they are more polished, but I can almost guarantee you that it will be a very competitive hard fought game. KD has never had a great performance against us, so you know he will be out to show us that he can ball and show us why we should have picked him instead of Greg.

    I am just excited to see if we can play them for 48 minutes as Kassandra often says. If we play our game all the way to the end, we will be winners regardless of the score board.

    Yes, this road trip as every game and road trip is a test for this team. Not so much on a win or lose basis as it is to learn to play hard with every possession and every game.

    OBTW, I am overly-enthusiastic and optimistic as well; you and Kassandra just says it better

    by Hg on 12/31/2011 2:54 AM
  17. Go Blazers! this is your time to win.don´t let your guard down and work hard on the court.

    by moreanu on 12/31/2011 6:58 AM
  18. Always appreciate your thoughts, HG. I think I became spoiled/overcOnfident after some recent successes. I see this blog as an intriguing new challenge, or project.

    by Mike Hustad on 12/31/2011 2:04 PM
  19. just want to thank you guys for the kind comments on this and my other blogs. this one was fun to write, and i think we might see some more with similar formats.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 1/11/2012 3:31 PM
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