I'm as happy as anybody about winning game 4. I'd rather be 2-2 than 3-1. It means my season is prolonged for at least one more game. However, there's a glaring weakness on this team. How long are we gonna turn a blind eye to it? Our offense is simply not sustainable. It's not good enough to win this series, or any other series for that matter.
We managed to score just 35pts the entire first half. We shot 24% thru the first 3quarters in a playoff game with home court. While Dallas can chalk up their first half woes to good defensive pressure, the Blazers can not say the same. Our wounds were self inflicted. This is a team with the same head coach for six years. A coach who, for the most part, prefers the half court, and yet, after six years we still look like a Intel league squad that's just been thrown together. When the game slows down we don't appear to have any clue who we want to utilize. Where we want attack. We lack any type of an offensive system in the half court, and we're the slowest paced team in the league. Is anybody else confused by this or should I just blindly jump up and down with the rest of you cuz we happened to win this one?
Any suggestions because I don't feel like we stole momentum as much as I feel like we dodged a bullet. Sho Nuff. If I'm Carlisle I'm telling my guys "look, in order to win a desperation playoff game at home, they needed their fallen star to come off the bench to score 24pts in 18 mins. These guys are horrible and this series will be over in six."
Nothing about what we did the final 18 minutes is sustainable. None of it can be carried over to the next game. It's not as if the Blazers woke up from a series slumber and began clicking offensively. No. It was all one guy that played out of his mind and carried the team on his back. As good as Brandon is, or was, if that's what it takes to get a 2pt victory at home then we're in trouble. History has proven that the past two seasons.
I know I should just be happy that we won but........