As I’m beginning to write this the score is 62-29. Guess who’s winning.
I’ll give you a hint: It’s not the Blazers.
Just hours after Knicks’ Mike D’Antoni resigned as head coach, everyone was wondering how they would come out and play. Well, the Blazers seem to be the cure to any team’s struggles, as both Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire had 15 points at the half.
Nothing is clicking for Portland. Absolutely nothing. The announcers for the game stated “This may be the worst played game of any team we’ve seen this year.” I would have to agree. The Blazers have 20 turnovers and are shooting just 32% from the field. They have completely given up.
The game mercifully ends with the score 121-79. Portland finished with 27 turnovers, just one shy of the NBA high this year. They shot 37% from the field for the game. The will to win in the Blazers is dead.
So now what? With less than a day until the trade deadline, the Blazers NEED a change. Rumors as of right now have the Blazers in a three team trade, giving up Jamal Crawford and getting Steve Blake in return.
Um… what?! How does that help? Yes, Raymond Felton is terrible, but you are giving up one of your better scorers (sad but true) for a point guard that should be a back up in this league. Maybe it’s for cap reasons, but I’m really hoping they have something else up their sleeve and they just like to mess with the public. If nothing else they at least need to start building for the draft. That means trading players for high picks. Portland is not a city that a lot of high profile free agents want to go to so they have to build their team out of the draft. Obviously to do that they need draft picks. The higher the pick the better. That means losing is not all the bad for Portland as it will get them more of those coveted ping pong balls. What better way to start losing faster (if that is possible) than trading away some decent players for picks. As a fan I really don’t like when a team officially goes into “rebuilding” mode, but what other options do they have?
This was also one of those games that gets coaches fired. Nate McMillan has surely lost control of his team. He can’t motivate them anymore. The rebuilding mode the Blazers are likely to go into will not include him as head coach. I don’t see that happening.
The Blazers now will go and play the Chicago Bulls (best record in the NBA), however they may be without reigning MVP Derick Rose. Maybe some crazy trade magic happens and this year isn’t a bust. I’m not holding my breath.
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Written by Colin Chisholm
I'm a huge sports fan and basketball nut. I grew up in Oregon and now live in the great city of Chicago while trying to crack my way into the sports industry.