Before the Portland Trail Blazers fell into a rut in the month of March in wake of their leading-scorer, LaMarcus Aldridge, sustaining a back injury that kept him sidelined for two weeks, they were fighting for home-court advantage in the rocky road that is the Western Conference.
"When you have guys who are willing to talk on defense, that's really half the battle right there," Lopez said.
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.