Realistic Expectations...

I was tweeting about this yesterday, and I’m still thinking about…what are realistic expectations for this Blazer team?? Last year, Coup and myself (rightfully) downplayed the hype and grand expectations to just hope to make it to the playoffs. Obviously, just scraping into the playoffs this year would be a complete disappointment. However, we’re looking at coming back after a 54-win season with minimal losses (sorry Channing and Sergio but I’m not sorry), the addition of Andre Miller (upgrade at PG either way you slice it), the potential growth of Greg Oden, Rudy Fernandez, Nic Batum, the return of Martell Webster…I could keep going. Things are definitely looking up. My question to you RCP-world…is it right to believe Portland can make the leap to 60 wins? Ready to leapfrog Denver and win the division? To believe Portland is one of the elite teams in the West (thanks Hollinger)? To think that the Blazers are ready to hang with the Spurs and Lakers for the real trophy? All of these questions are in the realm of things this Blazer team can accomplish. However, in my head the major goals for Portland this year are to get home court advantage and get out of the first round. That’s all I want. Am I aiming low? Talk to me people.

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