Your daily (Mon-Fri) roundup of links from around the blogosphere, typically Trail Blazers related.
• Mike Barrett says that Portland’s playoff opponent may be unknown until the final game of the regular season:
You would have thought that predicting who Portland will face in the first round of the playoffs would be a little easier with just five games remaining on the schedule. But it’s still true that we have no idea. After all, Dallas, Denver, Utah, and Phoenix are all 50-27. Portland sits a game and a-half ahead of Oklahoma City, and is just a half game behind San Antonio.
• Of course, over at the TrueHoop Motherblog, Henry Abbott thinks that all this uncertainty is just fantastic and should lead to some very intense games to close the season.
• While much is yet to be decided, we at PRS take a stab at breaking down who the Blazers do- and do not-want to face in the second season. *SPOILER* Portland wants Dallas.
• Over at BlazersEdge, Ben Golliver breaks down Greg Oden’s uncertain summer and possible free agency. With Pritchard’s job in question and a new CBA on the horizon, Oden should be in for an interesting summer indeed.
• Which reminds me, Coup over at Rip City Project gave his take on Oden’s future before the whole Penn/Pritchard fiasco. Speaking of Coup, he’s been watching film again and this time he covers Portland’s transition defense, or lack thereof, against Denver.
• Dime thinks Nate McMillan is COY. As in Coach of the Year, not shy.
• Dwight Jaynes thinks Travis Diener should get some of Jerryd Bayless’ minutes.
• Over at Bust A Bucket, Seth Johnson reminds us not to forget about Petteri Koponen.
• Marc Stein in this weekend’s ESPN Daily Dime reported that Nate McMillan may be feeling some heat:
Nate McMillan is a top Coach of the Year contender in Portland, so I (like you) never expected him to figure into this conversation, but one coaching source said that McMillan’s staff has at times this season shared some of the same uneasiness about its job security that Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard has been subjected to lately in spite of Pritchard’s popularity with Portland fans.