Check this out. ESPN's basketball braintrust debate: Which team will join the West elite?
Who can bend the furthest backwards in praise of the Blazers? The early, smart money in these situations is normally on our BlogFather Henry Abbott (by default) but he's got strong challenges on all flanks from Adande, Hollinger, and Stein.
This one is too close to call. Photo finish really.
And silly Sheridan.... still hoping for that breakout season from Yao Ming. How many seasons does an athlete need to break down in a row before the "They'll be back next year!" argument goes into the dumpster rather than the recycling bin. Maybe this was simply his effort to "go green?"
Portland will have a better record next year than Houston.