Portland's surge...Theo Ratliff?

Portland's surge...Theo Ratliff?

Postby rydjorker121 on Sun Mar 14, 2004 7:48 pm

Portland has helped us in some aspects...they defeated the Wolves today and they beated Sacramento last time..and in both of those games Theo Ratliff had an accumulated 14 blocks. Remember the dog days of Portland early this year? When the weed gang was still there, comprised of Bonzi Wells, Jeff McInnis, Rashweed Wallace? All three are now gone...and it was because of them that Portland games started to have fewer attendance, not to mention that Portland is not in the playoffs. They're currently still not in the playoffs, but they're still in the hunt. The team has surely made a commitment to get good players--and they've really benefited from now, not never. Trading Rashweed was a smart move for Theo Ratliff and Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

Ratliff has really benefited the most, not Shareef. Shareef, definitely a star, is stuck behind playing w/ Zach Randolph, an up-and-coming star. Both Shareef and Theo haven't seen victories for quite a long time, for one thing Atlanta has always been a pitiful team and Vancouver didn't receive much V's either. But Ratliff has been a force for Portland--giving them a defensive edge and making his own players better. Ratliff is in a better team, and he's a true West kind of center. He's very good at changing, blocking and altering shots. With Ratliff I believe Portland can make a late surge and knock Utah out of the playoff hunt. They've beated Sacramento and Minnesota and proven their late worth, so they have a really good chance now.
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Postby JSM on Sun Mar 14, 2004 8:01 pm

I agree. Theo is playing great. He is blocking, preventing baskets, keeping people from going to the hole, truly a great defensive player for Portland. The opposing teams are giving him a lot of credit too, like the Kings.

The Shareef story is quite as nice. He is stuck coming off the bench for Zach, because they can't play on the court together, the team does very poorly when they try this. Hopefully for Portland, they can learn to play together and Shareef can move down to SF, giving them a very strong front line. But for now they have to be ok with Miles starting at SF, which isn't a bad thing. He has very long arms which can frustrate a lot of players and he seems to have gotten his act together and has been playing great for the recently.
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Postby PrimeTime on Sun Mar 14, 2004 10:56 pm

jsm0331 wrote:I agree. Theo is playing great. He is blocking, preventing baskets, keeping people from going to the hole, truly a great defensive player for Portland. The opposing teams are giving him a lot of credit too, like the Kings.

The Shareef story is quite as nice. He is stuck coming off the bench for Zach, because they can't play on the court together, the team does very poorly when they try this. Hopefully for Portland, they can learn to play together and Shareef can move down to SF, giving them a very strong front line. But for now they have to be ok with Miles starting at SF, which isn't a bad thing. He has very long arms which can frustrate a lot of players and he seems to have gotten his act together and has been playing great for the recently.


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Postby futurefelonKobe on Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:49 am

Agreed, Ratliff has been jhuge for this team, which is very hot right now. 2 wins over the Wolves and 1 over the Kings in their last 3. Very impressive.
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Postby rydjorker121 on Mon Mar 15, 2004 7:34 pm

Ratliff has always been underrated for a center...hell, he just doesn't get any recognition ever since hes been caught in the netherworld of Atlanta...thats why this thread was started, guys like Ratliff are truly differencemakers, we've got to consider some guys in the East too, no matter how #@itty their teams are

And Theo was the point of the trade I think that Portland needed a defensive presence more than someone like Reef...and Atlanta just wanted to screw their team up again, losing Rashweed and only getting Wesley Person, but hey, they're holding up hope...
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