Giving Thanks

Busta BucketCorrespondent INovember 26, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers dunks against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on November 20, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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โ€™s record: 12-5 (.706)

Opponents: 100-148 (.403)

Opponents has beaten: 60-122 (.329)

We all have things to be thankful for. I'm adding the "Portland Trail Blazers early season schedule" to the list. There are different ways to view Portland's cup-cake sampling and the one you have might come down to your perspective on life.

Are you an optimist? If so, be very content that the Blazers are defeating the teams that they are "supposed to beat". After all, a team can only play the schedule it is given. Plus, the awfulness of the overall competition is a little skewed thanks to Portland playing the 1-14 Timberwolves three times.

Considering some bad luck with injuries (whether the injuries were actually bad for the team is a different discussion entirely, I'm going with the "injury bad" paradigm here for convenience) and some major new parts, Portland is doing pretty stinkin' well and remains on course for future NBA dominance.

(Optimist side note: Oden is leading the League in field goal percentage and is third in blocks per game. So the team is winning, Oden is showing significant improvement, and we're supposed to be worried about something?)

Then again, maybe you are a more jaded type of fan that is still in therapy working through your Jailblazers baggage. (Do you make your therapist pretend to be Bob Whitsitt so you can scream at them too? No?) Do you know how many teams Portland has beaten this season that are more than a single game over .500 as of this post? Zero. As in the absence of a single quantity.

Not to mention we're still not sure how this Andre Miller thing is going to work. And now that I think about it, I'm kind of freaked out by how many players on this roster pick up surgery-serious injuries.

To the optimists out there, I'd wish you a happy Thanksgiving but I'm pretty sure you'll already have one. To the Debbie-Downers, I recommend adding the hazelnut spice rum from Rogue to your eggnog. It is delicious and will help ease your pain. Win-win!


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