The Blazers take on the San Antonio Spurs tonight in the 2008 home opener at the Rose Garden.
As everyone knows, Greg Oden sprained his foot in the season opener in LA and will be resting and healing for the next several weeks. Having watched this team come together last year I am not too concerned; we’ll miss James Jones’ sweet shot (though he’s out with an injury for three months) but this year’s team is stronger than last year’s Oden-less team with the addition of two Europeans, Rudy Fernandez and Nicolas Batum.
My (invariably overly optimistic) predictions for tonight’s game:
- Travis Outlaw will hit the game winner
- Rudy Fernandez will flirt with his first NBA triple-double
- Roy will shoot over 60% on the night
I will be attending the game in lieu of celebrating Halloween. Look for me on TV; I’ll be the one in red!
So I was a little off on my predictions.
Travis Outlaw did take the last shot for the Blazers, and the shot would have likely iced the victory since we were up 1 at the time, but he did not make it. However, we won the game, which prediction was implicit in my Travis Outlaw predictions, so I give myself partial credit.
Rudy Fernandez flirted with a double-double (6 points and a team leading 8 rebounds), but 0 assists.
Roy shot 55.5% (10 for 18) on the night. Close!