The Blazers showed some real grit and determination out on the court tonight. They didn't back down from the physical defending champs and won a close game without Brandon Roy. We started 3 rookies, played completely new lineups including what will (IMO) soon become a fan favorite: Oden and Przybilla at the same time.
The Houson win was spectacular. Beating teams like the Spurs, Hornets and Magic tell you that this team can hang with the elites, but a win like this is a playoff caliber win.
Dave has spoken about great teams shutting down our Plan A, well our plan A wasn't even in uniform tonight and we got the win. This will be a huge confidence booster. We already know Brandon Roy can take over in the 4th quarter and win games, but now everyone else on that team knows that they can win in different ways. Big props to everyone on that court tonight.
Sergio with some clutch freethrows, he went up to the line and sunk those like he's been hitting them for years.
Oden giving us back to back solid performances. And did anyone see him getting fired up out there? And laughing about the 6 men on the court call? I love seeing that emotion from him. This could be a turning point for him. Also, consider that just yesterday he rolled an ankle in practice and got x-rays. To go from maybe missing the game with yet another injury to putting up a solid stat line with GREAT effort is just amazing.
Outlaw had some really nice offensive boards. He wasn't just settling for his one dribble jumper. He attacted the rim. I can live with the occasional bad play if Travis plays with that kind of energy and if he attacks the rim like that.
Blake was dynamite on offense. He just wouldn't let us fall behind early in the game. Blake for 3!!!!!!
I know there's a lot more, but I think we all just need a place to talk about this great win.