And so ends one of the more forgettable weeks in recent Blazers history. Call it the post-Oden hangover week, or anything else to do with not having a head coach or half the perimeter stable, but the steps backward of losses to New York and Milwaukee out-weighed a sloppy win at Indiana and a pat-on-the-back effort in Cleveland.
I think the last week has taken a fair bit out of both the team and its fans. Not having Nate around wasn’t going to help any with the transition to undermanned play and you get the sense that this was more of a week to get through rather than to build on. Things being that way, I’m not going to harp on the problems that haven’t gone away. We know Nate has some serious thinking to do regarding the point guard situation (still and again). We know the Blazers are going to struggle getting outscored in the paint every night without anyone inside to draw the defensive attention, but they have found success doing that before. Right now it’s best to be patient.
@travismargoni: It continues. Bayless, 19 min, 9 points, 1-1 on threes. Blake, 42 min, 7 pts, 1-7 downtown. Writing’s on the hardwood, Nate
@_BlazerNation_: game started slow and ended in a scramble. but LA stepped up like no other, hopefully we see more of that in future games
@Rockyg: can’t blame the refs? Two no calls on Roy and reversed out of bounds call.
@kpelton: Barrett and Rice are sure trying.
I said we weren’t going to harp on anything so we won’t. We will single out the first overtime, however, because over about 90 seconds there the Blazers went in for the kill. The period began with a Roy jumper and then Aldridge was off to the races, streaking to collect an Andre Miller pass for a quick dunk, grabbing another Miller pass for a fast-break layup and then trailing on a third break to finish off a jaw-dropping oop from Brandon Roy. It’s like the Blazers suddenly realized that they had a gazelle of a man loping up and down the court and finally started to reward him. After the oop, they were up six. Four missed jumpers later, the Bucks had gone on a 6-0 run of their own and overtime was over.
Obviously it’s tough to get out and run when you aren’t getting stops, so that’s not a sequence to lambaste Portland for going away from what was working, just to emphasize that it was working. It reminded me of the final weeks of last season, when the Blazers were running and winning as a result. Just something to keep in mind when Sacramento comes to town .
Let’s give everything else a rest, at least for a cold Sunday. Problems need to breathe, too.