Most often you hope your team learns lessons while still attaining a win, the Blazers have done that and yet it hasn't sunk in. A loss to a poor opponent is what will hopefully shake the cage and wake the monster up that the Blazers were in the final quarter of last season. Brandon can say that it is still a matter of understanding how all their pieces fit together, and not so much their effort, but effort has more to do with it than game plan, plays, or defensive schemes. Lamarcus played against one of the softest defenders in the league yet how many times did he take it inside? When we are tired we fall back to what is easy. The Blazers have played as many games as any other team to this point of the season. The Blazers have won with defense, and perceviered over weaker talent, while having tired legs. That should be commended, but if you truly want to be the best you have to gut out wins, and tonight they did not, simple as that. No big deal, so long as you acknowledge it, and use it as motivation to learn and grow from it to raise yourself above the other equally and greater tallented teams of the league by always giving unending effort, always. The shots may not fall the game plan may not be perfect, but it will not be for lack of effort that you lose. Martel got this lesson tonight, lets hope players of this team do not allow themselves to be above this accountability. Losses happen, poor shooting nights happen; next time lets hope for a quicker reaction to the lack of energy by the team than two thirds through the second quarter. Maybe a loss in Utah will happen too. It will indicate the guts of our team, and our leadership. I'll be excited to find out, if not in Utah it will happen at some point, but I know I am hoping for some disappointed Salt Lake fans.
Break out the rally caps! Never giving up may be Nate's greatest coaching quality, a warriors mentality.