I remember watching videos on old great Celtics teams. They made it known that if you did not have a jump shot, you were going to develop one as a right of passage to wear a Celtics jersey.
To me the Trail Blazers right of passage at this point should be attacking the hoop at the end of games to put some pressure on the refs to make a call. No more jumper after jumper, particularly at the end of close games. The Blazers have not learned from the 2000 WCFs against, you know who. In life any person or group who does not learn from their mistakes, will NOT progress. I understand Nate was not here when that happened. I understand BROY was not here when that happened. Nevertheless, they should all have watched that 4th quarter 10+ times. It's an important piece of history that MUST be learned from.
Whether or not you believe the conspiracy theories, I think we can all agree that the NBA is not a level playing field for all involved. The Blazers MUST put pressure on the refs to blow the whistle, not swallow it. There is only so much evidence the refs can sweep under the rug before it starts to flood out from under it. By taking 10+ jumpers in a row while your opponent counters with a hard drive to the hoop, you are asking for an L in every way imaginable. You can only wonder how the game ends up with 5-6 straight drives to the hoop.
The Grizz were in the penalty for half of the 4th qtr for Pete's sake! To close out the game, there was the questionable call against Roy. The fans lambasted the refs and I would suspect many of you had the same feeling I did…..”oh great, now lets see what they do to us.” There is a bigger game played between the ears that the entire organization needs to learn how to play and win. The Spurs did it. Learn how to put more of the teams destiny in their own hands.