Monday, January 4, 2010
The Positives of a Bad Situation
Any NBA fan that hasn't been in a cave for the last month or so is likely aware of the situation that the Blazers have fallen into. The injury bug has bitten and it has bitten bad.
Steve Blake - Pneumonia (!)
Greg Oden - Broken Patella
Travis Outlaw - Foot
Nicolas Batum - Shoulder
Joel Przybilla - "Ruptured" Patella
Rudy Fernandez - Leg
Lamarcus Aldridge - Ankle
I think that's it, although it's tough to compile the whole list. A solid starting five could be put together with just the injured players on this team, but somehow they're still finding ways to win! The Blazers have won 8 of their last 10 and have moved up to first in the Northwest Division. All of these injuries are giving quite a few of these guys riding the pine some play time. One of these is Jerryd Bayless. He played for a total of 111 minutes in November and 322 minutes in December (and 40 more on January 2nd). To tie this into our hobby we all know and love, his prices have risen significantly already. I had the opportunity to pick a UD Black AU Quad Jersey RC a month or two ago for $10, and now they're selling mid $20s consistently.
P.S. He just hit a three as I said that and Portland is leading 24-23 :)
Anyway, I'm trying to begin a small PC of this guy because he is a fantastic player and a great guy, too. I currently have two autographs of him--a Press Pass auto /250 and the baby above ^. I also have three more incoming, so I'll be sure to post those up as soon as they come in.
Obviously, these injuries that have plagued the team this year haven't seem to have much effect overall. They're playing better than ever and making me proud to be a Blazer fan.