November 12, 2009

The Afterparty: Blazers/TWolves Game 9

A party full of post-game links and coverage to give you every over-analyzed angle in hopes of making your Blazers IQ that much greater. 

Best start since the 1999-2000 season?  Weren't we all just freaking the hell out a week ago?  Everyone that kept screaming "Stop worrying!  It's only been 5 games!" can please stand up a take a bow and feel really good about yourself.  I'll just say this:  it's still early and this 3 guard lineup could look fantastic in the short term, but watch out in the long.

So what did we see tonight?  Balance.  Balance.  Balance.  And Oden.  Aside from just about everyone shooting the lights out, a ton of ball movement, and Dre Miller controlling just about everything, we saw Greg Oden as a complete force.  The force we've dreamed of.  The force that will make him the next All-Star.  The force that the Blazers will need if they really want to be a championship contender.

If there is one thing that I've heard talked about in a negative light during this winning streak, is the idea that Brandon Roy might be somewhat unhappy with a lack of involvement on offense.  To me, this new balance and ball control from Miller is exactly what Roy needs.  He'll learn to be a star without having the ball in his hands.  We all know how great of a player he is with the ball in his hands, but what if his off-ball game begins to evolve?  And who can't love the fact that he gets to take 4th quarters off when the team is blowing out opponents?  A healthy and rested Brandon Roy come playoff time has me drooling and we're only 9 games deep.

Oh, and the TWolves are awful.  Ricky Rubio just yawned on a beach in Spain.

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ucatchtrout 11/12/09, 8:31 AM  

I've thought for a while Greg Oden needed a good nickname. We have a thread about that going over at Club Blazers. Anyway, the comments in your blog where you referred to him as a "force" made me think that would be a great nickname for him.

"The Force"

kellex 11/12/09, 9:54 AM  

I like it. "The Force."

Anonymous 11/12/09, 12:54 PM  

After watching Greg run the fast break last night, the nickname "Zippy" might be considered.

J-Tyme 11/12/09, 2:55 PM  

Hmmmm...I will have to carefully consider this one.

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