Because I attend school in Boston, I had the opportunity to watch the Blazers play last night. I'll be entirely honest when I said I was seriously worried coming into this game. Well, we all saw what happened so there is not alot of need for me to rehash the beating. They are a championship team today. We are not unfortunately. Here was a few things that I noticed about last night:
-Kevin Garnett is as cocky and as big of a punk as we all thought. Anyone who saw him bark at Bayless and purposely run into him after Rex got called for double dribbling can attest to that.
-We always hear about how incredible the Celtics' defense is and to be honest, it is pretty solid. However, it is remarkable how much more they push, pull, elbow and bump when you watch them in person than is clear on television. Even something as simple as trying to establish position in the post for a rebound, one would constantly see jerseys pulled and elbows thrown. Of course, there is no denying that they certainly get alot of leeway.
-It is remarkable how much better having The Big Three makes their role players look. Outside of Rondo, none of their other players are anything more than decent role players at best. However, if you pair them up with Allen, Pierce, and Garnett, they look like All Stars (well not actually All Stars but you understand what I am trying to say).
-Finally, not to beat a dead horse but games like this really demonstrate just how young we are. They were in our heads from the opening tip and it clearly showed. We're getting there, but we just aren't quite to that level.
After the Washington game, I read a post on here about how a man and his wife were able to enter the lockerroom after the game and what an incredible experience that truly was for him. I thought to myself, "Wow, what an opportunity of a lifetime. I can only dream of doing something like that." Well low and behold, thanks to the good graces of the friend that I was attending the game with, I had that very opportunity. The first thing that struck me was how remarkably enormous all of these players are. While watching the game from the 300 section, you can't really appreciate their size. You know that they are big, but it isn't entirely visible. Standing next to the likes of Oden, Joel, Aldridge and Outlaw you begin to realize that they could pick you up and snap you if they so desired. They aren't just big; they are BIG. I was able to shake hands with Sergio and he was incredibly cordial despite the outcome of the game. One note, in my opinion, the three best dressed in the lockerromm were Batum, Sergio, and Rudy (coincidence that they are all European?). I was impressed with his sportsmanship and class. Finally, as any boy in a candy shop would, my eyes were drawn towards our All Star Brandon Roy who was busy giving an post-game interview. While I was staring, he looked over and we made eye contact, at which point I quickly looked away. I glanced back and he wasn't looking again but sure enough within five seconds I was caught staring again. I just couldn't help it and I'll admit, it was a little bit embarrassing, but oh well, I was like five feet away from him. What fan WOULDN'T stare? The last thing I want to say (since this is getting a little lenghty) is that the atmosphere in that lockerroom afterwards really showed that these players care, ALOT. This is obviously not the Blazers teams of old who would were known to be laughing and joking after games like this not caring. Even though we got blown out, nights like last night make me proud to be a Blazers fan.