well another Blazer season has come and gone. i tried not to write about them too much on here, because i get rather verbose about them and don’t need to bore you with trivial facts (Batum’s sister is a senior at Lake Oswego highschool! Brandon Roy Jr. wants to be Bayless! Andre Miller likes to rollerskate!)—facts that delight me to no end. but perhaps i should reflect on the highlights and lowlights of the past year.
year of the vet. this was undoubtedly a year for our veterans to shine. we lacked a veteran presence last year and badly needed it as our young roster progressed into a playoff team. this year, we got solid, seasoned players who led this team through the toughest adversity one could’ve ever imagined. injury after injury, the blazers continued to succeed thanks to andre miller, juwan howard, and now marcus camby. for some reason i have a deep fondness for both andre and marcus, not only because they are stellar players, but also because they are closest to my age.
greg oden goes down. again. at the rose garden, our hearts stopped at the sight of greg oden writhing on the floor in pain. his knee cap broke in half, and you can actually see the odd misshapen joint in photos from that game. josh knew right away that it was a season-ending injury. brandon roy squeezed greg’s hand as the trainers rushed over and later the paramedics, and greg was wheeled off the court. it was so heartbreaking because his play thus far showed signs of the superstardom he was destined to reach.
injury season. for a while there were so many blazers injured: greg, joel, batum, outlaw, pendergraph, patty mills, rudy… and then coach nate went down with a ruptured achilles. it was surreal. the blows kept coming and they were almost not surprising after a while. it was at that time that you could really feel juwan howard’s emotional strength propel this broken team onward.
andre miller scores 52. they say andre’s a strange guy. he doesn’t speak very much and doesn’t socialize with his teammates. he lets his actions on the court speak for themselves - and he has proven to portland that he is more than worthy to lead the offense for this team. he’s really kept the team playing well and it’s likely we wouldn’t have made the playoffs without him. he scored a remarkable 52 points against Dallas earlier this year.
brandon roy buzzer beater an elating buzzer beater was overdue. it happened at vs. the washington wizards at the rose garden. unreal. roy had a slow night but delivered with 3 seconds left on the clock. solid. the rose garden erupted.
the night of marcus camby. the last game i went to was vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder this past monday. it was electric. marcus camby scored 30 points and was heralded by the arena, chanting his name in a moment Blazer announcers tout as one of the best moments of the last 10 years. marcus says he was embarrassed by it, but certainly touched - he has only been on this team for a few months, but portland has fully embraced him. having marcus on the court just makes me feel safe. we need him to return next season. just imagine what he could teach greg.
bring on the playoffs! roy is out, so what are our chances in passing round 1? should i paint my face? will we win it in 5?