So here it is, our last game of the season. And it’s for home court in the playoffs. Let’s take a moment to reflect. Do you remember the beginning of the season when we were unsure if we were going to even make the playoffs? We almost completely wrote off the fact that we would even stand a chance at getting out of the first round. Now we are on the verge of securing home court advantage with a strong possibility that we get out of the first round? And what’s more, one of our “Big 3” is so far from his true potential that he comes off the bench! This team and it’s future is scary good. Like, if things stay on track, like 3-peat good. Our two best players are only in their 3rd years in the league. We have 3 rookies that play significant minutes for us. And have a great set of role players. I get chills just thinking about it.
Moving forward, I thought I would take a quick sec to give you a breakdown for tomorrow night’s game and it’s implications. It’s kind of confusing so stay with me.
I nominated Brandon Roy for most improved player in our ESPN.com award votes Tuesday, and I suppose I should explain that pick. I've been an ardent Devin Harris supporter in that category for nearly the entire season, but when I looked over the full body of work one more time before submitting my vote, I realized
's improvement was just as large in player efficiency rating terms. And although Harris slumped a bit after the All-Star break, Roy kept chugging along. Roy
Two other players -- Kevin Durant and Danny Granger -- have had PER improvements in the same ballpark, so it has come down to two factors for Roy. First, he isn't a second-year player, while Durant is, and I'm normally reluctant to put second-year guys in the discussion because so many of them make huge strides in Year 2. (In fact, Jeff Green was arguably more deserving than Durant.)
's improvement in PER terms was no better than Harris', I would argue he did it at a more difficult level. Going from borderline All-Star to full-blown superstar, as Roy did, is a more substantial feat than going from a quality regular to an All-Star, as Harris did, in the same way that a leap from 55 wins to 65 is much more difficult than a leap from 35 wins to 45. Roy
So after endorsing Harris all season, it was clear to me that Roy was the right pick.
Nice to see a little love for the Blazers.
Thanks for all of your comments on the Blazers potential opponents. I have also started leaning towards the Spurs. I guess I didn’t’ realize how hobbled