For Portland Trailblazer fans, it can be easy to focus on the negative.  For the third straight year the Trailblazers have lost in the opening round of the National Basketball Association Western Conference Playoffs.
The 2007 first round draft pick Greg Oden’s injury plagued and the question will always linger, what if Portland drafted now Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.
The deciding game in this year’s playoff run was on their court against the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas ended up winning the nail-bitter 103 to 96.
Instead of looking at the things that have gone wrong, let’s highlight some of the positive components that point to good things to come in Rip City.
First off, Brandon Roy is finally getting healthy and getting minutes on the court. After being reduced to tears in Game two against the Mavericks, Roy willed his team back to a much-needed win in Game three.
In Game four, the Mavs were up 23 points on the Trailblazers and ended up losing the game, a testament to the resilience of the young Portland team.
Game six was no walk in the park for Dallas either. Portland fought tooth and nail and found themselves trailing for the majority of the game. But Portland battled back and kept the game close and no one was leaving the Rose Garden early that night.
Another Trailbalzer, Gerald Wallace, looks like he is going to have a successful career in Portland. Wallace was traded to Portland mid-season and was largely responsible for keeping Portland in contention in Game six. He had 12 rebounds and 32 points and was a major contributing factor in the attempted comeback.
With time he will only become more comfortable with Portland’s system and style of play.
Something that is overlooked is Portland’s fan base.
The newly added Major League Soccer team, the Portland Timbers is the only other major professional sports team in Portland.
However, sports fans in the Portland area rally behind their Trailbalzers as they have been here for decades and have history with the fans.
With no other sports teams to cheer for in recent history it only makes Portland fans that much more loyal.
Keep your head up Rip City fans; there will be an Uprising.

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