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).
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?
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.
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.
Earlier this afternoon, the Portland Trail Blazers traveled north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors in an early Sunday matinee.
With the game not on national TV, and tipping off at the same
[caption id="attachment_3901" align="alignright" width="210"] Apr. 4, 2011; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) dunks the ball on New Jersey Nets guard MarShon Brooks
[caption id="attachment_3371" align="aligncenter" width="650" caption="Mar 7, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams (7) dunks against Portland Trail Blazers small