How Far The Portland Trail Blazers Can Go?

Damian Lillard

The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference this season. Surprisingly, Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and his company have been playing as well as only a few people around the league expected. That’s why, lots of analysts believe they are one of the favorites to win the title in the Western Conference. But are they really?

One thing that plays a big role during the playoffs is defense. It’s not a coincidence that most of the NBA champion teams of the last decade player exceptional, lock down defense. So, although the Blazers rank first in the NBA in scoring, with 108 points per contest, they also rank 27th in the league in defense. That will clearly not be a plus on their way to the NBA Finals. [Read more…]

Blazers’ Greg Oden: worst #1 overall pick ever?

Greg-Oden

Since leaving the Ohio State Buckeyes for his predicted one-and-done season, Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden has played 82 games in the NBA. That’s a full non-lockout shortened season. Problem is Oden wasn’t drafted first overall in 2010 or 2011. It was 2007.

Oden had an arthroscopy to clean out his left knee, but doctors determined there was additional damage that required more invasive surgery. Oden has now had five knee surgeries: two microfractures on his left knee and another on his right. He also had previous surgery on a fractured left knee cap.

The 7-footer has not appeared in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009.

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Portland Trail Blazers should be very active this off-season

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At the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, the Portland Trail Blazers were my sleeper pick to make a run in the Western Conference.  I looked like a genius early on as the Blazers won seven of their first nine games.  Things quickly turned downhill though as Portland missed out on the playoffs and now enters the off-season with a boat load of needs.

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