Five observations: Blazers sharing the ball and playing D

Originally Published: October 9, 2008
By J.A. Adande |
Rudy FernandezSam Forencich/Getty ImagesWhether starting or coming off the bench, Fernandez will be a key contributor for Portland.

PORTLAND -- It's not a dateline, it's turning into a chant. Unprompted, usually, whenever people around the NBA talk about the Western Conference. Portland. PORT-land. PORTLAND.

As in, "Portland, with the addition of [Greg] Oden, could be very much in the running for this conference," in the words of Lakers coach Phil Jackson.