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Bill Syken
October 23, 2006
Patience is the watchword for a team with an untested guard at the helm
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October 23, 2006

15 Portland Trail Blazers

Patience is the watchword for a team with an untested guard at the helm

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PPG 6.7
RPG 2.0
APG 2.8
SPG 0.52
FG% 44.2
3FG% 26.3
FT% 80.0

Martell Webster

PPG 6.6
RPG 2.1
APG 0.6
SPG 0.34
FG% 39.9
3FG% 35.7
FT% 85.9

Zach Randolph

PPG 18.0
RPG 8.0
APG 1.9
BPG 0.19
SPG 0.77
FG% 43.6
FT% 71.4

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BENCH 2005--06 STATS


Enemy Lines An opposing team's scout sizes up the Trail Blazers

I don't get the sense they have a plan for how to rebuild. They talked about having quality people, but then they signed guys like Zach Randolph and Darius Miles to big contracts.... Miles exhibits no passion for competition; he's always in cruise mode. He's got so many gifts, but you don't ever see him letting it loose and breathing hard.... Travis Outlaw has made a lot of improvements in three years. Even though his footwork's not all there yet, he plays hard, and I would imagine that every team is tracking him because of his potential.... Once Martell Webster got used to the speed of the game, he started feeling really comfortable with his shot. People around the league compare him with Lamond Murray--he's a really good shooter who needs to work on putting the ball on the floor and learning other ways to score instead of just coming off screens.... They're creating higher expectations for rookie Brandon Roy than the Bobcats are for Adam Morrison. Roy is good, but if they think he's going to be the savior, then that's very, very unfair.

The 2005--06 Trail Blazers, who finished last in points per game (88.8) and rebounds (37.7), were the first team since the '00--01 Bulls to be the league's worst in both categories.

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