So far on the season we are 4-3, and basically playing without 2 of our starters for the whole season. Today we are going to be playing the second game of our 5 game road streak. We won the first game against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. After watching the first half of the game on TV, It appeared to me that we were likely to lose the game. However, the team pulled it together down the stretch and came away with the win. A review of this game is not what im writing this entry about, there are some major issues surrounding my Blazers right now that I want to cover.
First of all I'll cover the issues surrounding tonight's game. Brandon Roy left the game in Orlando with less than minute after landing on what he described as his heal and feeling pain in his back. He reportedly couldn't stand up straight after the game. Doesn't sound like he'll play in the next game right? Well, according to ESPN Roy is supposed to start the game today. How effective will he be? Who knows, but having Roy is better than not having him. People say he doesn't play with much emotion because of his lack of facial expressions, but you can't look at this situation and tell me that this guy doesn't have passion for the game. Two days ago he couldn't stand up striaight, he has done nothing but rest his back and he is going to play. That is sick.
Greg Oden practiced on Tuesday and was reportedly very healthy looking, and reported no ill effects of the practice on his foot. Since there is apparantly no swelling or soreness resulting from the practice the Blazers have said that Oden will play in tonight's game, he will come off the bench. I just got done watching Around the Horn where they said Oden needs to come out and play harder. I don't think they watched his debut at all. From where I was sitting, Oden played too hard, and tried too hard to do everything. Oden needs to play a bit slower to start off here. I don't want him to play slow and too tentitively, I want him to try hard, but he needs to let the game come to him right now. Play a few games on his foot and make sure he is ok. Don't go after every block, that is the key. Because even if he is going to play limited minutes, we don't want him to not play because of fouls. My Prediction for Oden tonight: 17 minutes, 8 pts, 5 rebs, 2 blks, 3 turnovers
One rumor circulating around the NBA is Sergio Rodriguez demanding a trade. This is a big misunderstanding. Sergio said he wants to play more. Who doesn't want to play more? Sergio is going to see his minutes rise in my opinion as things go along in the season as I feel that Sergio's ability to distribute will win over some minutes from Steve Blake. Either way, Sergio will not get traded. Reason being that there is nothing the Blazers could get via trade that would make it worth it. The only thing the blazers really need right now is a veteran distributing PG, and there is nobody like that available for a guy like Rodriguez.
Now I'm going to make a prediction for tonight's game against the Heat.
Wade: 31 pts, 6 ast, 5 rebs, 2 stl
Beasley: 17 pts, 8 rebs, 1 blk
Marion (if he plays): 14 pts, 8 rebs, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
Roy: 16 pts, 7 ast, 3 rebs, 1 stl
Oden: 8 pts, 5 rebs, 2 blks
Aldridge: 21 pts, 6 rebs, 2 blk
Outlaw: 12 pts, 5 rebs, 2 ast, 1 stl
Rudy: 17 pts, 5 rebs, 2 ast
Final Score: 92-98 Portland on top.