The Portland Trailblazers have come a long way since the early 00’s when they had to get through the Lakers every year to make something of themselves and couldn’t. It was bad enough they had a chance in the early 90’s against the Chicago Bulls and lost. It was a long hard road for the Trailblazers after not making it to the playoffs after 2003. The trailblazers were no longer a house hold name and everyone forgot about that team for years…until now.
It’s the year 2013 and Portland has pieced together a team that will give them a good chance to compete for an NBA title. The Blazers are equipped with LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicholas Batum, Wesley Matthews, Robin Lopez, and Damion Lillard as their starting five and Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard, and Mo Williams on the bench. They are 15-3 and they just beat the Indiana Pacers who are just as hot as them this season. I have to say the Western Conference has another powerhouse to add. Damion Lillard is playing out of his mind right now at the point guard position and is stroking from behind the 3 point line and the field shooting 40%. Wesley Matthews has found a stroke that he can’t lose shooting 51% from the 3 point line and 54% from the field. Now THAT is a back court that is not getting the recognition they deserve. You can call them the Splash Brothers Junior if you wanted too. LaMarcus Aldridge wanted to leave the team last year and he is playing his best right now letting Damion Lillard do his thing. He is feeding off of his talents and is shooting 47% from the field. No one can say he is not loving every minute of the game with these wins. I am enjoying the time I get to see them get busy on the court. Analysts are not giving them the props just because they just see it’s the Trailblazers. They need to respect the fact they have a Forward in Nicholas Batum who can check any position in the league beside the Center and he is also shooting over 40% from the field and behind the arc. Let’s keep in mind that all it takes is the right seed in the playoffs and they would have just as much of a chance to make it to the Finals as the Clippers, Thunder, Spurs, and Rockets. You have to look at the discipline of this team and see the potential they have to continue to grow since they have improved since last year. When the starting five is shooting a very high percentage and playing decent defense, it is going to be a long season for the other teams who are getting more recognition than the Trailblazers because they are coming for that championship.