In spite of what some fans might think the blazers have done an amazing job this year being above the .500 mark at this point in the season. You would think losing Roy and Oden (all though not having Oden is normal) and starting out playing as many road games as anyone in the league would be enough of a handicap for this team, but NOOO... They just throw in another huge one with their inability to shoot the basketball, unless they are at the foul line.
Currently they are shooting .437 from the field (.461 last season) ranking them 26th among the 30 teams in the league. In the top thirteen teams that lead the league in FG% only 2 have losing records, their problem being they are #1 and 2 in highest FG% allowed. At the other end the bottom ten where the blazers are at they are the one and only winning team in the group, the other nine all with losing records. I think it is pretty clear that in order to play winning basketball it really is a big advantage to have a good FG%, no big surprise there. If the blazers were to up their FG% even to last years middle of the road FG% of .461 (15th in the league) it would make a big difference. Basically that would add up to 2 more FGs made and 2 less missed per game which would mean 4 more pts plus 2 less possessions from the missed shots for the opponent. Right now we are really spotting our opponents those 4-6 pts every game by shooting such a poor FG% on top of the handicaps we all ready have. I hope during this period coming up with a lot of home games they can hit the gym and take a crash course in "Shooting the basketball 101" and make a big improvement in the FG% department.