The way the Blazers dispatched the Houston Rockets with their speed and offensive discipline, it seemed that the new-school Blazers would be too much for the old-school Spurs. Even Charles Barkley got sucked into the seductive beauty of the Blazers, proclaiming that Portland would be too much for the “old” Spurs to handle.
But what Chuck and others like him failed to realize was that the young Blazers were walking into a territory this team has not seen since 2000, and the team as a whole making their very first playoff run; while they might not have looked like newcomers to the playoff vs. the Rockets, all teams making their first-ever championship run must take their lumps.
Tony Parker and the “old” Spurs were more than happy to deliver a postseason education to the youngsters in Game 1. Maybe this is what Portland needed after being on cloud nine throughout the first round: a real good butt-kicking.
This will do nothing but be of great benefit for the Blazers going forward. Are the Blazers going to win this series? No. But this will teach the Blazers a little something about postseason humility. Now the Blazers find themselves in the position of having to respond in Game 2 to their first real humiliating game of the postseason. Do the young Blazers have the mental toughness to rebound?