So it's pretty ( or Ugly ) obvious that the Blazers are not playing freely or with emotion during this playoff run. I havent seen any emotion from the Blazers rallying the team or team huddles after a big stop or big offensive play. It makes we wonder if Sarge is back. No alleyoops, no smiles, no bench jumping up and down rallying the team. Where is the fun that this team so adamantly displayed the last game of the season against Denver heading into the playoffs.
It seems that Nate turned into Sarge after the first playoff loss. I wish he would get into the refs and show the emotion and the passion that we all feel for this team. If he wont let them play with passion and emotion then it is his job not only to lead the voice but stand up for the team. The foul discrepancy has been widely talked about and Dwight Jaynes even mentioned today how Nate should have at least 2 technicals during the games in Houston. Yes Rudy should be playing more than Trout and I also beleive that Mo Lucus being away from the Bigs have hurt their game expecially in preparing for this series.
But PLEASE NATE...Stand up for this team like we have all season. Do not let the refs treat them like rookies or let them dictate the game. If you feel it is being called unfairly then STAND UP and get in their face and take one for the TEAM. You are the coach and have said to the team to let you deal with the REFS...SO NATE for the sake of PORTLAND and our fan support and for your talented players that have worked so hard....F'IN DO IT and STAND UP FOR THIS TEAM!