This just in, the Nuggs lost to the Piston tonight. You know what that means, right? We can take first place in two days.
Forget Greg Oden for a second. We are one game behind Denver, and would be a half-game out if they win tomorrow. This Blazers team has a realistic shot to take over 1st place in the NW division...in *March*. Can someone look up the last time we were in first place in March? It's got to be 5+ years.
I honestly had given up all hope that we'd get there after seeing the Nuggets run off an impressive January and February, even without Melo. I gave up on it even more after those stinkers in Houston and SA.
But here we are, two winnable games away from a significant milestone.
The Pacers game should be a lock. I'm as superstitious as the next guy, and I know all about our losing streak to that team, but we are a considerably better team than the Pacers. If nothing else, that sets us up for a fun night on Thursday when we'd get to play for the division lead (the nuggets don't play again until then).
I can't say I'd expect it to last if we got there, but it would be a milestone to be proud of and build off of.