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#41 Ih8LA

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 12:58 PM

Portland is going to be tough, but not at the present. They need a few years to mesh all of their young guys together and develop some chemistry (say 2-3 years?), and then they'll be in for title contention. Of course, by that time, contract issues will be the reason why the team won't be able to stay intact. Their window is in two-three years from now, not the present.

thats a good prediction, however i still would not want to test that out against Portland in the first round

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 12:58 PM

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 01:03 PM

Please, ban this hater.

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#44 L.A.K.E.R

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 01:04 PM

thats a good prediction, however i still would not want to test that out against Portland in the first round


I would, the pressure of the playoffs would definitely get to a young team like Portland. No one here is underrating the threat that Portland could become, but I think that some people are making too big a deal too soon. They could definitely be our biggest threat in the future, but the future is not the present. No need to worry about them...well, not yet at least.

#45 Ih8LA

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 01:07 PM

I would, the pressure of the playoffs would definitely get to a young team like Portland. No one here is underrating the threat that Portland could become, but I think that some people are making too big a deal too soon. They could definitely be our biggest threat in the future, but the future is not the present. No need to worry about them...well, not yet at least.

did it get to the hornets last year in the first round?

#46 L.A.K.E.R

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 01:15 PM

did it get to the hornets last year in the first round?


They had MVP candidate Chris Paul, an experienced Peja Stojakovic, a much improved David West, and a team that could feed off of the Chris Paul-Effect (Much like Phoenix did with Steve Nash). Don't forget who the Hornets were playing in the first round. Dallas was already on the decline and had no one that could contain Chris Paul.

Portland, on the other hand, is very young without much experience at all, and hasn't been very competitive in a long time. Again, I'm not downplaying that they could be a threat, but making them out to be the Lakers' greatest foe in the present time is a bit too much.

The chances of Portland making the playoffs as a 7th or 8th seed is high, but I doubt they'll be able to overcome the likes of the Lakers or the Hornets (maybe even Houston) in the first round.

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 01:17 PM

Don't forget a defensive star in Chandler.
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#48 L.A.K.E.R

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 01:20 PM

Don't forget a defensive star in Chandler.


Yeah, he's a great defensive player and a solid big man. Not much of a scorer, but Chris Paul has definitely made good use of his athleticism.

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 01:51 PM

i will not change my sig until i get a waring from a administrator not a mod

wow, that's not a good attitude...
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#50 Michaelyumm

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 01:53 PM

i changed it

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 02:04 PM

Well we will see, we haven't played Portland with Pau and Bynum playing, so we will have to wait. But Portland isn't going to win always...
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Posted September 27, 2008 - 02:11 PM

Last time I remeber, didnt Kobe drop 40 on the Blazers?

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 02:59 PM

Kobe will drop 65 again.

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 04:35 PM

The Lakers have a history of struggling against Portland in the regular season. But the purple and gold also have a history of kicking the Blazers' rear ends in the playoffs. :angry:

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 04:42 PM

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 06:27 PM

There's a tiny thing called experience that the Blazers are sorely lacking.

Are they a strong team? Oh heck yeah - but they've got a lot of learning, attempts at success and heartbreak to go before they become a contender.

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 09:08 PM

Everyone else has explained it, this Blazers team have never played under any real pressure, don't assume that they will strive through everything just because they have some very promising youngsters.

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 09:30 PM

lol what the hell was the point of this thread. Damn Portland fans are getting annoying saying how great their team is going to be. You should see them on RealGM

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 09:50 PM

99-00 was a scary good Portland team, but even they weren't enough to beat the Lakers of that time. That was also a very different team than this year's very young team. There's a lot of unknowns revolving around the Blazers, especially Greg Oden who has yet to play a game in the NBA.

We'll see how this season goes.

Edited by ReaListik, September 27, 2008 - 09:51 PM.

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#60 Icker

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Posted September 27, 2008 - 09:52 PM

so they have 3 great Rookies this season?




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