That nearly ended up being a disaster, playing rat ball without an offensive post presence to speak of. What good is it being tall, if don't know how to be tall? The Blazers, even in victory, were totally exposed. What's it gonna take, and how much time, before LaMarcus learns how to play at the rim. He should have killed those guys from start to finish. He's not a rookie, not even close. When he extended for 6 years, demanding, as he did, the big money, it also gave fans the right to demand, to demand more. LA has not delivered. Moreover, he should be taking Rudy and Brandon out for dinner, saving his face the way they did. Shameful.
Brandon was great, and it was nice to see that again. It has been a while since he was last able to demonstrate such greatness. It's also been a while since he played against seventh graders, so we'll have to wait and see if he's truly back to form.
The question that requires the most attention is why the road team, that road team, they of 17 or so wins, was dictating tempo. Embarrassing. The Blazers are a veteran team. Someone please explain where their patience went. Where was the leadership? Andre Miller? Nate McMillan?
There's a reason the Blazers are so successful. They're efficient. They walk the ball up and work for the best opportunity. This naturally slows the game for the much younger and less wily opponent. The young, they drift off. They think about the ladies, or video games. They worry about their 10 day contracts. The young often fall prey to mental lapses. There is, after all, a reason why you don't run down the hill. You walk down the hill and....