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You just never know with these Blazers


It may be an unpopular question. Especially amidst the excitement after the Blazers go 4-0 on the road. But I feel it needs to be asked, and is being asked subtly in many of the comments made here. That question is, "Can the Blazers play consistently enough to beat the best teams in the league on a regular basis?" If I try and set my rabid Portland bias aside, I am left unable to answer that question with any thing except "It remains to be seen."

 

There just haven't been enough  games against the best teams in the league. But more importantly, the Blazers have shown weakness against some of the worst teams in the league. The fact that your opponent fails to capitalize on your mistakes diminishes only their short term impact. Better teams will punish you for cold shooting, silly turnovers, and against the clock, stagnant offense.

On the other hand, there is a lot of what the Blazers do on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor that can't be easily dealt with, by any team. Roy, Oden, and Aldridge can now legitimately warrant a double team, every time they touch the ball. Not to mention the number of blocks, offensive boards, and WIDE open jumpers we have been getting. Maybe we just got a lucky schedule, our struggles became victories because of weak opponents, and now we're ready to play even better than before.

The Outlaw injury hurts, can't be denied. But every other injury in the last few years has opened up the door for others to develop. It's one of the benefits of a deep team. As long as the big 3 are okay we should be fine.

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