Nothing's Broken, But It's Sore and Needs Fixing

Left quad tendonitis, right knee tendonitis, right hip surgery, dislocated right shoulder, bronchitis, and family reasons.  No, this is not the injured list from your grandpa’s Boca Raton Bocce Ball team.  This is in fact the current state of the Tralblazers for the final two games of what can really only be referred to as a dreadful season.  These afflictions correspond to Nicolas Batum, Jamal Crawford, LaMarcus Aldridge, Elliot Williams, The Vanilla Gorilla, and Raymond Felton, respectively.  Not to mention, of course, the careers of Greg Oden and Brandon Roy. 

With a team shutting down people like that at this time of the year, you would not be wrong to be suspicious of a tanking franchise, but the Blazers are already locked into the 11th worst record, so tanking is pointless.  They can’t get any better.  Or worse, depending on how you look at it.  That sums up their season perfectly.  At the beginning of the year, they weren’t built to win the championship, and it didn’t look like they would be much worse than 10th in the West.  As we discuss on Sportsland all the time, stuck in the middle is the worst place to be.  Now, at the end of the year, they are trying to blow it and rebuild, and can’t even tank properly.  The 11th pick in a debatably deep draft is still the 11th pick, not exactly a place to find gems. 

With Raymond Felton starting through the injury, Portland opened the game with Matthews, Hickson, Babbit, and Thabeet.  On the one year anniversary of Brandon Roy’s 18 point 4th quarter against the Mavs in the first round, the brightest spot of the past 366 days is now over a year behind Rip City.  It’s time to look to the future, and build around Aldridge’s All-Star ability.  Tonight on Sportsland, we’ll discuss who’s audition for the future looked best.  It’s all Blazers fans have to look forward.  That, and the Brooklyn Nets’ pick. 

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