Channing Frye – ankle.
Raef LaFrentz – shoulder.
Steve Blake – hamstring.
Martell Webster – foot.
Rudy Fernandez – ankle.
Joel Przybilla – bronchitis.
As one longtime sportswriter said to me last night in the back hallways of the Rose Garden, “It’s time to cancel the parade.”
I wouldn’t go that far.
If injuries are going to happen, it’s better now than later in the season. Any player or coach in this league will be the first to tell you it’s a part of the game completely uncontrollable. You have to deal with. Soon enough both Frye and Blake will be back. Marty will miss a couple of months. Rudy and Joel – neither of who traveled with the team to Kansas City where Portland will face the Atlanta Hawks tomorrow night – likely a week.
So don’t panic. If the walking wounded list deepens in January, then Blazer fans can pick any bridge around Portland to jump from.
Until then, what this team desperately needs now is a visit from Father Mulcahey.
Okay, so I was a game early. Three days ago before the Blazers hosted the Sacramento Kings in Portland, I ventured to guess Rudy Fernandez would go for 15 points and 7 assists in his debut and play the majority of Brandon Roy’s minutes.
It didn’t happen. That is until last night….well, almost.
Rudy started for Roy and went for 15 points and 6 assists.
And with that I’m off to Vegas to book the Rain Man sweet….
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