Are we ok with losing to the Magic in this way?
Sure, the Magic are a better team than us, no question about it. Is it ok, though, to lose to them when Dwight Howard scores just 9 points? When this miss tons of open looks and shoot just 41%? When we have a 13 point lead at home? When they bring their C- game?
I'm not. If a strong team like Orlando comes into Portland, plays well and beats us that's fine. I would hope, though, that the days of teams waltzing into the Rose Garden, going through the motions and dancing out with an easy win would be over.
Are we ok with Brandon Roy having a 5 game stretch where he shoots 25 for 68 and fails to reach 15 points in 3 of them?
I'm not. I expect a lot more from the star of this team. We can't have him disappearing for long stretches like this.
I think its time to raise expectations a little bit for this team. Should we expect them to make the playoffs? No, but even a playoff team should need better than a C- effort to win in the Rose Garden.