The Portland Trail Blazers have had another successful NBA regular season as they were able to crack the 50 win mark and head into the playoffs with the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
Tough match-up for the Lakers. Oklahoma City’s talented young core of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green will wreck havoc on the Lakers’ currently confused defense. There are two things intriguing about this series: Kobe Bryant, the Lakers best player, can be slowed down by the Thunders best defender, Thabo Sefolosha.
The Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers are two teams in the Western Conference that always seem to get into playoff contention. This season is no different as both the Blazers and the Suns are back in the playoffs square off in a first-round battle.
One of the most disappointing realities in professional sports today is the possibility of injuries heading into the postseason. No matter what teams do to avoid or prevent injuries, it is just something that happens and it’s inevitable and many cases.
The Thunder will make their first playoff appearance in its young existence. Oklahoma City is currently the sixth seed in the west but are locked in a three-way battle with the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs.
Ever since Hakeem Olajuwon retired from the Houston Rockets back in the 90s, the team that dominated while Michael Jordan was taking a break to play baseball by winning two straight titles, has been trying to get back to title contender status in the NBA.
Coming into the NBA playoffs this season the Portland Trail Blazers will have a their work cut out for them as if the seeding in the Western Conference remains the same at the end of the regular season.
There a lot of teams in the NBA that are injury prone or have players that sustain a lot of injuries throughout an NBA season, but regardless of how bad injuries can be, NBA teams always have to get through the regular season with what they’re given.