April 6, 2009

News Flash! Playoff Teams Lose on the Road to Other Playoff Teams!

If you found yourself down in the slums after yesterday's loss, then take a minute this morning to firmly press your left knuckles to your left jaw.  You should look at every road game against a Western Conference playoff contender as a guaranteed loss, but somewhat of a lottery win if the team happens to pull off a miracle.

The Western Conference is just too damn good.  Utah stinks on the road, although they pulled that magical lottery ticket out of their pocket yesterday.  The Suns lost yesterday to a contender on the road.  The Spurs lost to a playoff team.  The Rockets lost to the Lakers the other day in L.A.  The Hornets lost in Oakland.  The list just goes on and on my friends.  (A little McCain there on Monday, eww.)

Basically, just remember that this is how the season is supposed to flow.  You defend your home court with incredible intensity and poise, while you struggle to find the missing Mike Rice "key" in an opposing arena against a legitimate opponent. 

So when you look at the remaining 6 games for "your" Portland Trail Blazers, you can assume they'll likely end up 4-2 or 3-3 and either 4th or 5th in the playoff standings.  That doesn't sound that bad to me. 

At the beginning of the season, if you had told me the Blazers would go into the final 2 weeks of the season with a chance at home court advantage during the opening round of the playoffs, I'd have giggled and then given you a straight Juno stink eye.  No way could you have expected this much from such a young team.

Come Wednesday in San Antonio, don't be surprised if the finally-full strength San Antonio Spurs lay the hurt on Portland...instead, worry about the match-ups with Memphis, the Clippers and the Thunder.

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