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The misery is ended

It's been a season where, at times, the Blazers looked like they could really compete and beat anyone (LA, Dallas wins at home), and at other times - too many of those - where the team didn't bring it (early season losses in the fourth quarter to OKC and many other fourth quarter flops).  The team never really developed an identity, and never got consistent outside shooting.  The parts don't seem to fit.  Everyone knows you can have good, or great, players and not have a team.  Barkeley never won a championship even though in his time he was one of the best...Neither did Elvin Hayes, a great center. The 76-77 Blazers were a well oiled machine: only one true all star, a really good power forward (maybe all star), and a bunch of role players.  But they played the kind of team basketball the old Celtics were famous for.  When that team got you down by 10, they kept up the pressure, next thing you knew, you were down by 20 - like OKC in game five against Denver in the first quarter. Our Blazers started game 6 the same way, only, after building a good lead on hustle, pressure and driving to the basket (and hitting a few threes), took the foot off the gas, settled for jumpers, and soon found themselves in a familiar dogfight.  It's been such a disappointing 4 years, so much promise, so much work overcoming adversity, and yet, not getting over the hump to move up a notch.  I'd say the team has done well considering the injuries, but not well when you look at their potential upside against how they played.  By the end, even thought I still wanted to win, I must confess I was also thinking, 'I hope Dallas just puts us out of our misery.'


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