Mike Barret's blog yesterday was pretty refreshing.
The Trail Blazers, at this same point last year, were 16-12. As of today, the Blazers are 14-14. Last year the team had played 14 road games, six back to backs, and had been on two road trips of four games or more. And, that team had Greg Oden for 21 games, and a very healthy Roy. This season, just two games behind last year's mark, the Blazers have played 16 road games, eight back to backs, and have been on three road trips of four games or more.
Now, after last night's blowout, we're really only one game behind where we were last year. And we've had a more difficult schedule. I've seen a lot of comments on here recently to the effect of "I hope they're not trying to salvage this season" etc...
I'm really not ready to blow up the team yet, just because we got off to a rocky start and are barely over .500. If we were getting worse, maybe. But it seems like we are getting better. Guys are doing some things we never thought they would. This is exciting again.
Also, I know Andre is one of our best trade chips, but I really don't see how we can let him go. On the surface it would seem this is becoming LaMarcus' team, but if you go to the games look at Miller. When he's not in he's up and coaching from the sidelines. He's the first guy off the bench to slap fives going into a time out. He's spreading the offense around to the entire team. I think this is Andre's team. With him at the helm, we get 5 other guys in double figures. I didn't think we could ever count on Rudy, for example, to be a major contributor to the point total. Miller is figuring out this team, the individual pieces, and getting everyone involved. He's finding what each man's strengths are and getting them opportunities.
Brandon has to see that. Once we get Mr. Plow and The Plow King working together, we'll be a pretty tough team to beat. Our record is not terrible and our schedule is going to get way easier. We're still a 50 win team, maybe 55 wins, and who's to say we can't win a playoff series?