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I'll repost some of what I said on Mike Barrett's blog: This isn't the East where you can have a below .500 record and still have 8th spot in the playoffs (Milwaukee I'm looking at you!) or go on a 4 game losing streak like Orlando and still end up in 6th place. This is the West, where a single loss can knock Portland out of playoff contention. In this shortended season, that in particular is why every game counts and dropping winnable road games like we've been doing isn't acceptable. The thing is, this team has the ability to win on the road, the road win at Oklahoma City proved it. But since then they simply forgot. With Aldridge soon heading to the All Star game, that gives everyone else time to remember how to play - and win - on the road. We've been patient, 1/3 of the season is done and this problem is going nowhere. We won in OKC because we played a full 48 minute (or something close to it) game, and Portland hasn't done it on the road ever since. With what they are being paid, we are justified in heaping scorn on a team that blows double digit leads and in general refuses (unconsciously I hope) to put in the effort it needs during the whole game to win on the road. Yes, that is what being outrebounded and not going to the foul line as much as the other team signifies, lack of effort.
patience is hard to come by in professional sports. that being said, i'm trying to be patient as these new pieces are fitting in. i think it's time now that we shouldn't be talking about the guys still fitting in; we really need to develop some consistent play (especially at guard). we do that, and there is more cause for optimism.~ KMM
I think it's a good group, but how to make them click every quarter, every game...one they figure it out, the rest of the league beware.
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