The surprise of the NBA and the West has to be the conference leading Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers are built mainly of middle salary players with the exception of LaMarcus Aldridge, who play well as a team. They are second in the league in scoring, seventh in rebounds and assists. They do the little things right and that’s what makes them so good.
Anyway, enough of my ranting. Portland was in action Monday night and they beat the awful Utah Jazz for the second time in less than a week, 105-94. The win was due largely in part to leading man Aldridge. The power forward did a bit of everything with 24 points, six rebound and four assists. I might also mention that he had no turnovers and did not commit a foul. The Jazz on the other hand, fall to the worst team in the Association at 4-19 as they continue to struggle and find a leader.
Enough about Utah, I’d rather talk about Aldridge. How far can he take the Trail Blazers?
Aldridge is obviously the number one player on this team. He will rebound and score as he is averaging a double-double this season with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but his playoff experience is minimal. He hasn’t averaged bad numbers in the postseason, in 18 games he has averaged 19 points and 7 rebounds. The problem is he has only been to three post seasons and has never advanced to the second round. The team, as a whole has very little playoff experience besides Mo Williams.
Aldridge will really have to step up and be a leader because this team looks destined for a deep playoff run.