Everything we thought we were learning about the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round against the Houston Rockets was suddenly undone by the San Antonio Spurs (Guest Post by Evans Clinchy).
Damian Lillard's buzzer beater against the Rockets had teammates comparing him to Brandon Roy, terrifying an entire fanbase in the process.
Perhaps more than anything, individual matchups are magnified in the playoffs. As rotations shorten, intensity heightens, and coaching looms more influential than ever, the exploitation of a certain player’s strengths and weaknesses can easily swing a game, and by proxy a series. Which teams win or lose a single mismatch can be the tipping point between advancing into June and being eliminated in April.
San Antonio took away the Blazers shooters in Game 1. Can Portland rebound in Game 2 and get Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum back on track?
Recent Rockets history isn't that great when the team wins 54+ games, and 2014 was no exception. Today we remember the Houston Rockets.
Damian Lillard is the toast of Portland after shooting the Trail Blazers into the second round.
I was late to the party and watched Wolf of Wall Street about a month ago. I didn’t know a thing about Wall Street prior to watching the movie so I was happy to see that being up to date on stockbroker
As Damian Lillard rises, it is impossible to think only of Damian Lillard.
Damian Lillard defied all rationality and sensibility with his game-winner against the Rockets. Which of course was reminiscent of Kate Winslet in a James Cameron blockbuster.
Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers don't waste space or movement. Everything they do on offense is about reducing the level of difficulty, not overcoming it. They create open jump shots and they drill them, simple as that.