The whole thing is good, from a national-writer perspective, but I just chopped the Blazers' part out here. Frankly, I don't think non-Rip City fans give enough care about what actually happened last year. Yeah, Zach says "if Nurk Fever lasts, they'll be better than (the average of all of last year, including starting Plumlee)". No one seems to be saying "hm, just swapping out one guy turned this team from a 33-win team to a 58-win team. Now that he's in even better shape and has an offseason of work with the guys, I wonder how good they can be?" I'll have a detailed NW and West writeup later, but for those that haven't followed the offseason or just don't usually care about anyone except POR, it's a good primer.