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number one picks, usually, with the large exception of tim duncan, manage to get expectations low by being on washington (kwame brown), houston (akeem), new york (ewing) nets (martin) and so on.
high expectations and a knee injury you don't wanna push are recipes for a bad year. if he's not mentally ready, which i'm not sure he is (or isn't, for that matter), he';ll be cooked in his own juices (sweat)
SP-17, nagkacoma ka ba ng matagal na panahon na hindi mo nabalitaan man lang na out for the season si Greg Oden? I would have to agree with what Klonoa said about you. No offense though.
Anyway back to the Blazers (The Portland Trailblazers that is, not the CSB Blazers ). Is this their 9th straight win now? The got a talented bunch of young guys out there. I would have to agree with the article posted that this team is going to be a force to reckon with in the coming years. They have a bright future ahead.
The only problem is, these youngsters (like Webster and Outlaw) might get caught up with the "feeling superstar" syndrome that after some time, they might demand trades to be transferred to another team where they would have the lead role. What Portland must do is keep these guys together, keep their young talented core intact. Since they have a wealthy owner and a lot of money, all they need to do is match the offers from other teams on these young guys and probably get some veterans for experience.
Portland won again, moving to number 8 spot in the west and number 2 in their division, surpassing Utah, which lose today.
Again, its Roy's all around game save the day for the Trail Blazers.
^yap, they are losing games recently, I think they won only 1 out of last 6 games. That's why Portland surpassed them already.
Utah will go back, I'm expecting it, likewise with Houston. I think the blazers, if they will be in the top 8, will not go that far in the playoffs.
hey ateneo10, you're playing magic cards?
I didn't say that it is true anyway. That's only my opinion. And it seems like I'm the only one who thinks of the idea. I won't explain my side though. Peace out everyone! kay:
^ ok, I just sold all my cards and decks 2 years ago, no time in playing and collecting. Sometimes I want to build again a deck but there are many new abilities now, I can't understand it anymore, hahaha. Off the topic na pala tayo.
but i can't see how a team will be able to retain three potentially max money guys. and they're not gonna be winning rings with just either roy and aldridge or just roy and oden. and then they will still need to match, as you said, paperwork for outlaw and webster.
if ever they get to do it, they would just be the clippers and warriors done right. i always wondered how odom and magette would fair if they were kept together and handled right. they also had miles.
on the flip side, the warriors basically had jamison hughes and arenas plus richardson foyle and dampier. how the hell can a team that good just go down the drain? money matters hehe
Hey, NBA, can you top this?
Posted by The Oregonian December 19, 2007 23:15PM
Despite playing with the flu, Brandon Roy leads the Blazers to a league-best ninth consecutive victory
Even though fans at the Rose Garden might not believe what they saw Wednesday night during the Trail Blazers' ninth consecutive victory -- a come-from-behind 101-96 win over Toronto -- it was what the fans didn't see that was truly amazing.
BRUCE ELY/THE OREGONIAN
Brandon Roy goes to his left to score around Toronto's Chris Bosh and Jason Kapono.
With 2.7 seconds left in the third quarter, Brandon Roy was taken out of the game to rest for the stretch run of what had been one of the most well-played games of the season. As Roy sat on the bench, the effects of a flu-like virus that caused him to miss Tuesday's practice started to catch up to him.
Roy felt nauseated. He took a couple of deep breaths and tried to think good thoughts in an effort to fight off his queasy stomach. But before the quarter ended, he had reached his breaking point.
He had to throw up.
Roy darted off the bench and headed into the Blazers' locker room, where he dry-heaved twice inside a bathroom stall.
"And I hate to throw up," Roy said. "I hadn't eaten anything for the last two days, so I couldn't get anything out."
Aided by team doctor Tom Reis, who instructed Roy to drink water, the Blazers guard returned to the court in the fourth quarter, where he put the finishing touches on yet another clutch performance.
Roy made one of his trademark drives through traffic that resulted in a layup with 5:44 left to give the Blazers an 89-87 lead they would never relinquish. It was their first lead since the end of the first quarter and ended a series of steely runs by the Raptors, who played much of the game with leads ranging from five to eight points.
By the time it was over, Roy had 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. His performance included several plays that eventually prompted the Rose Garden crowd to break out in chants of "MVP, MVP!" and led coach Nate McMillan to call Roy "unbelievable."
"He's just taking over games," McMillan said.
Roy wasn't alone in providing heroics. Travis Outlaw, who had struggled mightily for the second consecutive game, scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, twice grabbing key offensive rebounds in the final three minutes, and hitting two hanging jump shots.
Outlaw, who shot 1 of 12 on Monday and was 1 of 7 entering the fourth quarter on Wednesday, nearly didn't play in the final period, as McMillan acknowledged that Outlaw's cold streak had him leaning toward playing Channing Frye. But McMillan consulted his assistants, who encouraged him to stay with Outlaw.
"It was just a hunch," McMillan said. "You go with guys who have been getting it done. And he came up huge. I thought he was the difference."
Thanks to a loss earlier in the night by Boston, the Blazers (14-12) own the NBA's longest active winning streak, which elevated them to the eighth-best record in the Western Conference and one game behind Denver for first place in the Northwest Division.
The win was the Blazers' sixth in a row over a winning team, and the nine-game run ties them for the eighth-longest winning streak in franchise history. A chance for No.10 comes Friday night at home against the Nuggets.
It has become such a exhilarating ride for the Blazers that McMillan uncharacteristically pumped his right fist repeatedly as he walked off the court, streamers and confetti falling about him.
"These guys are doing some good things," McMillan said. "They are not giving up, they are playing hard. And what I told them tonight was 'Protect this winning streak.' I've been in this league for a number of years, and as a coach this is my first nine-game winning streak, and my second eight game. It's hard to win nine straight games in this league. Let's protect this."
The Blazers were able to do just that, thanks to another team effort. LaMarcus Aldridge, who played for the first time after sitting out five games with a sore right foot, had 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists, two of highlight quality that resulted in a layup by Roy and a resounding dunk from Martell Webster, respectively. Webster added 15 points, which included 4 of 5 shooting from three-point range, and Steve Blake pitched in 14 points, 10 in the first quarter.
Even with several Blazers players clicking, for much of the game it was never enough to overcome an efficient and hot-shooting Toronto team. The Raptors (15-12) shot 50 percent for the game and seemed to have an answer for any Blazers run.
That is, until Roy re-entered the game and pushed the Blazers over the top with his driving layup. From there, the Blazers' defense clamped down, which played a part in the Raptors' late-game collapse. Toronto scored just 13 points in the fourth quarter, when they committed half of their 10 turnovers.
As a result, it was the Raptors, not Roy, who felt ill at the end. By the time the locker room had cleared, Roy was ready to finally eat, inviting former Blazers guard Juan Dixon, who now plays for Toronto, to join him and Jarrett Jack for dinner. Don't be surprised if Jack picked up the tab.
"Basically, he is establishing himself as one of the elite players in this league," Jack said. "He's one of the top young talents to come along."
Notes:Roy made a driving layup in the third quarter during which he switched the ball from his right hand to his left in mid-air. "That was a hell of a move," McMillan said. "It was like Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals." Added Jack: "If that's not on ESPN's top-10 plays, something is wrong. Call Stuart Scott, or whoever, and tell him if that's not in the top 10, we are coming to take over the show. Tell them we are coming to Bristol (Conn.), and we are bringing Al Sharpton with us." ... The Oregon State football team was in attendance, as was former Oregon State baseball player and current Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
props to nate mcmillan for his masterful coaching of a young blazers team.
Another nail-biter of a win, this time against Denver at home. Down by 7 to start the 4th, the Blazers once again turned to Travis Outlaw to squeek another W. Both Outlaw and Roy had excellent blocks again Carmelo in the final minute to help preserve a 10th straight win. The Rose Garden was simply rocking in the 4th.
Don't look now, the Blazers are just half a game behind for the Northwest division lead. Who could've ever imagined!