Admit it: they’re better than you thought.
The 2005-06 Portland Trail Blazers aren’t just showing up every night and collecting a paycheck; they’re holding their own. They’re competing. And they’re playing for keeps.
Out of the five games they’ve played thus far this season, the Blazers have been in every one (save for the blow-out to Denver). And the losses to Detroit and Minnesota were games that Portland easily could have won. The Blazers are using their youth to their advantage. They’re using their speed and their depth as assets. And new head coach Nate McMillan is already proving that he isn’t ready to settle for a season of rebuilding.
“We’ve got our strengths,” McMillan said, at a recent Blazers’ practice in Tualatin. “And most of the teams in this league are going to underestimate us, before we even set foot on the court. So, we need to turn that upside down and build off of it, make it into something that sets us apart.”....