How Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge put the team on their back.
Just like there's more than one way to skin a cat, there's more than one way to develop an NBA rookie. As long as you do it, does it really matter how it happens.
"When you have guys who are willing to talk on defense, that's really half the battle right there," Lopez said.
Damian Lillard is Lü Dongbin, a scholar and poet whose dreams changed his perception of the world.
Over the past 13 games, the Portland Trailblazers have completely fallen apart, giving up 108.4 points per 100 possessions. You can't mimic Indiana's conservative defense when your starting point guard hasn't met a screen that hasn't smushed him. Robin Lopez has provided the Blazers with a defensive foundation, a solid backdrop on which they built their philosophy. But Roy Hibbert he is not.
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The Corner Three
Two games before Terrence Ross set twitter ablaze
Thanks to a third quarter meltdown which saw their five point half-time lead evaporate into thin air, the Portland Trail Blazers found themselves with their backs against the wall in the final 12 minutes of last night's game against the Sacramento Kings.
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With the rest of the league still scrambling to strike the right intersection between traditional analysis and number-crunching, the Portland Trail Blazers
On Thursday night, we were treated to another thriller: an overtime game between a pair of elite teams in the West. On one side, there were the Clippers - a team lead by the league's best point guard in Chris Paul, as well as one of the best power forwards in Blake Griffin. On the other side, there were the Blazers - the most surprising team thus far in the NBA season, lead by someone who many believe has been better than Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, as well as Damian Lillard, a potential all-star in just his second year in the league.
Damian Lillard hit yet another game-winner for the Blazers on Tuesday night, and Robin Lopez congratulated him on the shot in the most Robin Lopez way possible.