How did they not call a foul?! That’s all I could think about for 10 minutes after the game ended. I totally get it, it’s the very last game of the season. A completely meaningless one at that, and the refs did not want it going into overtime. But a foul is a foul! Wesley Matthews was run over as he released what would of been the game winning three. As Blazers fans I think we can all agree it would have been a little nicer to end the season on a last second one point win. Is that too much to ask for? I guess it is when you follow the Blazers. Portland falls to Utah 94-96 in the last game of the season finishing with a record of 28-38.
So now the season has come to an end for Portland. To talk about the future now may be a little premature, but one thing’s for sure, there is a lot of fixing that needs to happen. First and foremost (couldn’t emphasize that enough) has to be getting the general manager and coaching staff locked up. The Blazers are most likely not going to get a great pick in the draft (and this year’s draft doesn’t look too deep to begin with), which means they will have to build from free agency. That’s going to be tough to lure players in without a GM or official head coach. Those things need to be taken care of as quickly as possible.
When it comes to player personnel, there seems to be a lot of needs for Portland also. The NBA has quickly become a point guard dominated league. I believe it all starts there. The Blazers have to find one. Raymond Felton came on strong as the season wound down, but I don’t think many people believe he’s the answer.
Acting GM Chad Buchanan has come out and said that they will most likely draft the best player available to them when their turn comes up. That tells me that they also believe there are more needs for the team than not. It also tells me that pretty much no one on the team is locked into a Blazers’ uniform next year. I’m assuming LaMarcus Aldridge, J.J. Hickson, Nicolas Batum, and fan favorite Luke Babbitt will most likely return, however you never know. Drastic changes need to be made. I’m hoping we see something crazy happen before the start of next season.
Now, as basketball fans, we can turn our attention to the playoffs. It’s not nearly as fun to watch when you don’t have a horse in the race, but this year really seems wide open. Especially in the West. I know I’m going to enjoy watching. And here’s to hoping to see Portland back in the dance once again next year.
Head over to blazers.com and read their “Thank You Rip City” note to the fans. I couldn’t say it better.
About the Author
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.