Props to the Blazers. With a win over the Grizzlies last night, they have sealed their first winning season in six years. They already have more wins than last year and there are still 15 games left. This entire season Portland has played beyond expectations. The amazing thing is that everyone assumed if the team was to have any success, it would be at the hands of Greg Oden. Greg has done fine (not bad, not great, just fine), but the team is used to playing without him. He's been out with injuries more than any other player on the team this year. He was the right pick for this team in the draft two years ago. He will have a great career and be a major asset to this team, eventually.
Barring any great catastrophe, Portland is playoff bound. The magic number to get in is 10. Any combination of 10 Blazer wins or Phoenix losses guarantees them a spot in the playoffs. The chances of making it out of the first round are slim, but it all depends who the match up is and if the Blazers can get home court advantage. They are a different team playing at home (14-19 on the road 28-6 at home). No matter what happens, just making it to the playoffs and getting that experience will be great for this team. These next few years are going to be fun to watch.