After what had to be an extremely frustrating 123-119 loss to one of the NBA‘s worst teams on Tuesday night, the Portland Trail Blazers return home from the Sacramento Kings to take on another hapless foe. The Orlando Magic will bring their 10-24 record to the state of Oregon on Wednesday in hopes of avoiding a total embarrassment at the hands of a very talented team looking to make up for a lost opportunity. However, LaMarcus Aldridge and company certainly have other plans.
The Blazers currently sit third in the Western Conference standings while fashioning a fantastic 26-9 win-loss mark. Much of their success should be attributed to the stellar efforts of Aldridge. The second overall pick of the 2006 Draft is in the midst of his best professional campaign.
Aldridge has scored at least 10 points in all 35 of the Blazers’ games so far while recording 20 double-doubles in the process. With career-high averages of 23.3 points and 11.0 boards per contest, the dynamic power forward is undoubtedly headed for his third consecutive selection to February’s All-Star festivities. In addition, if Aldridge continues on his current pace he will surely be a part of the MVP discussion at season’s end.
Orlando is a team in complete rebuild mode and should pose little threat to the Blazers. Simply put, Aldridge, along with teammates and potential All-Star selections Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum, have too many tricks of their own. The Magic are likely in for a great show at the Moda Center.