I am so sick of hearing why we don't want to play the LA Lakers. I'm sick of hearing why we don't stand a chance. I'm fed up with the mindset that we can only beat one team, the Dallas Mavericks. Two years ago, we played Houston and missed out on the Lakers. Last season we went up against the Phoenix Suns and again avoided the Lakers. Yet both times we failed to show up... we went up against the team everyone said we stood the better chance of beating and we fell flat on our face and exited stage right as both the Rockets and Suns moved up and stole our opportunity.
Not to drag this out any longer, the basis for my beef is feeling like I'm the only one who feels that going up against the best is the best thing for this franchise? I'm sick of going up against "the other guys" losing and going home empty handed.... yet feeling that by losing to the guys you were supposed to beat you really let everyone down. I want to go up against the best. Win or lose. I want every series we are part of to be important, to be challenging. I want the fans to go crazy, the media to be 'positive', the players to be hungry!
The past couple of seasons we've went home thoroughly disgusted with our effort in the playoffs. Against teams maybe we went into the series not giving enough respect. Maybe we weren't as up for the previous two series'. I don't want to see that happen again. I hope Nate has figured out what it takes with these players, I hope these players have found the confidence in themselves and within one another to demand more than what they've given and accepted from one another in the past two seasons.
More than anything I want this team to go up against the best. Win or Lose. I don't care if we beat someone we 'should' beat to advance in the playoffs. I want to get past that! Lets not set the bar so low, lets show confidence in our team and show them that we feel they can beat the Lakers, that they don't need to get 'the easiest of match-ups" I'm fed up with the lack of confidence people are showing.
If you really bleed blazers, then don't show fear. Show your team you have their back. And bring on anyone who thinks they have what it takes to take us down. Quit buying into the 'we can'ts' and show the team you have faith and lets help them take the next step... not just advancing to the next round, we don't need to start another (83'-03') streak where we just become accustomed to making the playoffs... lets in-vision actually winning this thing?!