The Beanie Hats no longer stands around
2 March, 2013 at 12:27 pm in Business
And see, there's the issue. Those five guys,plus Hickson are the primary reason Portland has been anywhere near the .500 mark this season, playing far above expectations during a rebuilding campaign.True,NBA Snapbacks are slumping right now, having lost six in a row heading into Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, but they're still 25-29 and within reach of a playoff spot.Of course, that's going to take some doing, especially now that Portland is four games back of the Houston Rockets for the Western Conference's No. 8 seed. Some depth would seem to be a must if the Blazers are going to remain in the postseason picture at all.That alone might be enough to consider pulling off a deadline-day trade to get a couple of viable reserves.But right now, the team should be more concerned about the future. "Durant was only needed to score 26 points Saturday after averaging 36.8 over his previous four games. The NCAA Snapbacks cruised after building an 18-point halftime lead.Oklahoma City has won six straight over Phoenix (11-20), and these teams have not met this season. Durant is only averaging 22.5 points on 40.5 percent shooting in that run while Westbrook adds 21.8 points and 8.2 assists.Westbrook used to go up against Steve Nash when he played the Suns. Now he will face Goran Dragic, who is not at 100 percent since he is playing with a sore hip.Dragic battled through the pain for 16 points and 12 assists in Saturday's 111-107 loss at Minnesota.
How else can you explain the extraordinary rebounding numbers Barkley posted throughout his career, especially with his lack of height? With the ball in the air, Barkley -- who was listed at six-feet-six-inches, despite being quoted in a 2008 New York Times story by Noah Liberman as being measured at six-feet-four-inches and six-feet-five-inches -- had to fight and claw through the land of seven-footers in the post in order to pull down the rebound. Barkley averaged 11.7 rebounds per game throughout his 16-year-career. His only rebounding NRL Snapbacks came in the 1986-1987 season with the Sixers when he averaged 14.6 rebounds per game. He ranks third in team history in most career rebounds.Wins over the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, and Chicago Bulls defied all sort of basketball logic, and got people thinking. How is it possible that they are somehow playing much better without their star point guard? Can Danny Ainge really pull the trigger and blow this up given how they've responded? Does he owe it to Pierce, Garnett, and Doc Rivers to give them one last shot?Is it possible that maybe this team just needed a fire lit under them? A torn ACL is a terrible way to light the fire, but it seems to have worked. Some of the role players, namely Terry and Green, are now taking advantage of the opportunity presented to them. The Beanie Hats no longer stands around and waits for Rondo to make a play while the shot clock trickles down; they go and make plays. The spacing problem created when Rondo is on the floor suddenly becomes less of a problem with more minutes given to shooters such as Lee and Terry. Offensive sets have become more regular, and watching the ball is no longer an option.