For the second straight season, the Portland Trail Blazers lost in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs in Game Six.
Let's hope this doesn't turn into an annual tradition.
Blazers' fans should be proud of what the team did this season. After losing Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla early in the season, the consensus around the NBA was that the Blazers were done.
In addition, the injuries to Rudy Fernandez, Travis Outlaw, and Nicolas Batum left the roster with no depth and the fans without hope.
To cap it all off, Brandon Roy suffered a hamstring injury and missed 15 games.
If you told me before the season that six Blazer players were gonna miss a substantial amount of games, I would have told you that there's no chance Portland could win 50 games.
I would have said 40 at the very best.
But driven by the leadership of Andre Miller, the establishment of LaMarcus Aldridge as a star, and the acquisition of Marcus Camby, the Blazers found a way to win 50 games and earn the sixth seed in the competitive West.
Although huge expectations were placed on this team at the beginning of the season, Rip City fans shouldn't be disappointed and there's plenty to look forward to.
The Blazers have already locked up Marcus Camby, Greg Oden will becoming back, and surely the injury bug can't hit us two years in a row.
Portland's roster for next year as of right now looks great:
Miller at point guard, Roy at shooting guard, Batum at small forward, Aldridge at power forward, and Oden at center.
The bench is really what excites me though.
Jerryd Bayless will back up Miller and showed his talent throughout the series against Phoenix.
Rudy Fernandez has plenty of skill and potential but he doesn't look comfortable playing for Portland and it wouldn't surprise me if he gets moved.
Joel Pryzbilla, Marcus Camby, and Juwan Howard give the Blazers probably the deepest amount of quality big men on their bench in the NBA.
Also, Martell Webster will come off the bench again to hit clutch threes and play stingy defense.
All in all, I think that the 2009-2010 will play an important part in the continued rebuilding of Portland as a franchise and I can't wait to see what will happen next season which will hopefully include a NBA championship for Rip City.
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