Honestly, I can't get past how many Celtics fans were in the building. Who are they? Where are they from? Sadly, most aren't from Boston. They're Oregonians. Makes me sick.
I'm grabbing a slice pre game and this guy in line next to me is wearing a Kryrie jersey. I compliment it while asking if it's authentic, knowing it's fake. He glosses over the lack of authenticity and says he's at his first NBA game. I say, great that's fantastic. I ask if he's from Boston. He says no, Albany. I go, oh nice Albany New York? He goes, No Oregon. I ask if he's got roots in Boston. He says no. I ask him if he's been to Boston. He says no.
How a grown man that can't find Boston on a map ends up at the Moda in a Kyrie jersey is staggering. Laughable really. You think there are grown men from Boston with no connection to Portland waltzing thru the concourse of the TD Garden with Lillard jerseys on? No chance. They’d be blackballed by society. That's why Boston raises banners and we don't. They collectively bleed their teams at a level unfathomable to most Blazers fans.
Don't get me wrong. We've got a great fanbase. The Moda is a fantastic environment. But the second you think the Moda is as tough a place to play the TD Garden in Boston you're fooling yourself.
Either way, Portland closed a quality team tonight. They jumped on them early and hung on. Sure, Boston has issues. Chemistry problems with Kyrie. Getting Hayward comfortable on the court. But they’re talented, athletic and deep. Beating them is big deal. Portland deserves credit.
Here's what worries me. I feel like Portland cares more. Let's be honest. It's November. Most quality teams aren't motivated yet. It's a long year. Good teams know that. I love that the Blazers are salty. That's exactly what I want. So I can't complain. But I will say this. I'm very curious to see how we look when the rest of the league starts playing with urgency. Time will tell. For now, all you can do is handle what's in front of you.
We sit at 10-3, first in the division, and second in the West. Good things are happening. Next up the Lakers Wednesday in LA. #RipCity #TrailBlazers #Dame4
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