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Feb 15

Losing Aldridge Could Make Team Stronger

By Mike Hustad Posted in: Blazers, geraldwallace, LaMarcusAldridge, MarcusCamby, NicolasBatum, Warriors, WesleyMatthews
I often convince myself that things happen for a reason.  I went to the dentist after I was resistant, pushed and prodded and met a great girl there - for a reason.  That is what was going through my mind when Aldridge went down, that it happened for a reason. 

I know it sounds silly in many cases, but what better way for the rest of the team to regain their "pride" and break out of their slumps than to be "forced" to up their games and take more responsibility.  We've seen many instances where teams lost their star player and were as good, if not even better after the injury than before the injury or loss of the player.  Look at the Knicks, for example, losing Anthony and the big guy inside.  Dwayne Wade went down and the Heat took off.  Other players start to find that extra motivation, and their roles expand; the Blazers have to do the same thing.

I'm not saying Portland will be better without Aldridge - that is ludicrous - but I think his supporting cast ends up a lot stronger and we see less players battling slumps than before the injury. 

I refuse to give up the faith - for now.  You hear about "sacrifice" and taking the fall for the better good of everyone else.  Things look bleak right now, but look at the big picture.  The players need to get over the fact that they "should" be a top team in the conference, and get back that mentality, hunger and fight to simply make the playoffs, and the wins just might start to follow.

1 Comments

  1. Too soon to give up the faith. Thank you for the perspective.

    by sarahhecht on 2/15/2012 3:37 PM
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