Although it is just the first round, it was an epic win for us Blazer fans. After being bounced in the first round in the playoffs six times in the last 14 years, last night’s win is a huge monkey off our backs. Pretty cliche but true.
If you haven’t seen it (which I am sure you have), check it out and the fan pandemonium.
Right after the shot, many fans and media brought up Brandon Roy’s shot from 2008 against the same team, same spot with less time on the clock.
A lot has happened since that loss in 2000. I am still bitter about it. I roll my eyes whenever they show those highlights on EPSN or NBATv. The Blazers cleaned house (No more Jail Blazers or Trail Gangstas), drafted both Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge in 2006, then landed the #1 draft pick in 2007 with Greg Oden. The future seemed bright for Portland right??? Wrong. No need to rehash the past but we’ve experienced plenty of setbacks due to injuries and bad coaching. Many blame Nate McMillan’s coaching style is partly to blame for the wear and tear of B-Roy’s knees. For a minute there, fans were thinking there was some type of voodoo curse. 🙁 Like the ghost of Sam Bowie was still lingering around the arena.
Fast forward to the start of the 2013-2014 season. The Blazers started off on fire! Lots of premature chatter about us going to the playoffs and winning the west. Now true Blazer fans know better, well at least I do. I wasn’t trying to set my hopes high only to be let down. March was a bad stretch for us. LaMarcus was hurt, we lost a lot of close games. Not a good time to have losing streaks especially with the playoffs around the corner. But we ended the season on a high note and ended up with the 5th seed to face the Rockets. After winning the first two games, I read lots of tweets praising LaMarcus Aldridge especially from east coast folks. Newsflash, LA has been ballin’ all season. But since we don’t get many televised games and many east coast folks don’t stay up to watch our games, LaMarcus’ play has been under the radar. That will change real soon. Granted, many fans gave LaMarcus a hard time his first couple seasons here. But he’s won over a lot of fans since then.
This week has been crazy with the Sterling/Clippers fiasco, the passing of Dr Jack Ramsey, epic first round games. Who would of thought that the Wizards would be at home chilling waiting on their 2nd round opponent?? The WIZARDS! I text my friend that the Blazers would win in 6. His reply was “We’ll see”. I didn’t have high expectations for them to win game 5. I didn’t watch the game. Kept up with the game via twitter and the ESPN app. I wasn’t too upset because many fans wanted them to close out the series at home. I didn’t watch the game last night either. I know I would have tossed the remote at the tv a few times. So I edited photos to keep my mind occupied and checked Twitter and ESPN.com on my phone every few minutes. By the beginning of the 4th quarter, my stomach was in knots. I checked the score and saw it was tied at 96 with :48 seconds left. Next time I checked, Houston was up 98-96 with a few seconds left. I sighed, rolled my eyes and put some food in the microwave. Checked my twitter app and saw the Blazers tweeted “Blazers Win!! Blazers Win!!”. I couldn’t believe it. I ran back into the living room and turned on the tv to see the Lillard replay. My hands were shaking so bad, I could barely tweet. I can’t imagine what it was like being in the arena. I had a few friends at the Moda Center for Game 4 and said the atmosphere was bananas. I don’t know what word could describe last night’s atmosphere. Epic, Pandemonium, Pure Exhiliration..insert what you want. I’m sure it’s not enough.
Last night made us forget the disappointments, injuries, trades and the ups and downs of the last 14 years. We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. On to the 2nd round….At this time we don’t know who we will play (Spurs vs Mavs Game 7 is tomorrow) but I’m just excited to see how far the Blazers will go. It’s been a long time coming and glad to be here to witness it.