When Joel Freeland got barely touched in the face by swinging elbow thrown by Bogut, the entire Blazer team ran over and started shoving all the Warriors. A small mosh pit started as the Blazers were attempting to back up their teammate.
Now, a few games later against the 76ers, Meyers Leonard fell victim to a pile driving elbow by Orton. Meyers was clearly hurt and in severe pain, yet we saw none of the Blazers run over there and show any kind of shoving, yelling, or ruckus.
I just don't think it's fair. Playing favorites and such. This is supposed to be a team. If one guy gets beat up, then the entire team needs to start representin'. Can't go out like chumps. Especially if this team is serious about winning a title.
Listen, when you start beating teams by 20+ points, and your team is getting mad props for being on the top of the league, we hear that other teams will be "gunning for us". Other teams are frustrated that the Blazers are performing so well, and they will vent their frustrations when they are losing the games.
These incidents with Meyers and Freeland are not random acts of violence. This is what happens when you are winning games. The other team gets frustrated. Their frustration may have nothing to do with Portland personally. It may be an accumulation of a certain players underperformance, or a general frustration because of their team's underperformance. But whatever has an opponent all fired up and ready to do non-basketball damage, we will see more of it as Portland continues to beat on teams.
Why I bring this up, and I think it's important, is teams won't just be gunning for Portland on the scoreboard. Teams will be trying to take us out through cheap shots and brawls. It's part of winning basketball. It's part of the stress of the NBA to put stats on the board. Other teams don't like us because we win. Other fans don't like us because we win.
Just saying, watch yo back Portland. Get ready to rumble, no more free passes when one of our guys gets beat up.