The Portland Trailblazer’s have been on a tear to start the season. Looked over as having holes in their defense, the idea that Robin Lopez could be a productive rim protector was laughable, LaMarcus Aldridge looked poised for an exit after another potential dismal season. Well, who’s laughing now? The Blazers have defecated on any previous thought that they would be a team to tread water this season after beating three of the top teams in the NBA (San Antonio, Indiana, Oklahoma City) but with the production of Damian Lillard, Nicolas Batum bringing down the boom, Wesley Matthews shooting lights out and Aldridge looking re-energized and downright ferocious has him ready to lead this team to the playoffs for the first time since Brandon Roy did this. It’s been a long time coming for this franchise,
the pieces of the puzzle that seemed impossible to find (or at least stay healthy) seem to be falling into place. The hip culture surrounding the city of “Portlandia” has taken them in and is ready to scream and attempt to bust a few ear drums with how their home crowd has reacted to the hot start. Aldridge is showing once again that it is him and not Kevin Love or Blake Griffin that shall be taking the spot of “Best Power Forward” once Duncan decides to retire. Aldridge has been nailing fadeaway jumpers, studying the double teams for easy kick outs and has an entourage of skilled players ready to pounce. Another nice addition is that of Mo Williams who can play the “2” spot or even relieve Lillard of ball handling duty, the depth is finally getting deeper. But we’ve seen these starts before, it’s consistency that is really going to make or break this team, can Aldridge continue on the tear he is on right now? It sure seems like he’s willing to take the challenge and his feisty comrades in arms seem ready and willing to prove that this flame isn’t going to die so quickly.