Sunday, April 5, 2009
Ever since the end of last season, the Trail Blazers have focused on one thing: Making the playoffs in 2009. Now that they're assured of reaching that goal, it's on to the next task. Beat the Houston Rockets and give yourself a chance to get homecourt advantage.
I get the feeling Nate McMillan and the rest of the Red and Black have been focusing on that goal for some time. While most of us have been focused on magic numbers, they've been focused on getting one of the top four playoff spots. That goal is attainable, especially with the way everyone seems to have stepped up their performances in the last two weeks. Something is different, and that's bad news for everyone else in the Western Conference.
Toward the end of the Dallas/Phoenix game, Marc Jackson picked the Trail Blazers as his playoff darkhorse, stating they're too young to know they're not supposed to be playing this well. I appreciate the sentiment, but I have to disagree. It's not that they don't know; they just don't care. They're writing their own story.