Call it an overreaction or chalk it up to me just blowing smoke, but the Portland Trail Blazers are starting to revert back to their old ways of being complete pretenders for an NBA title. A heartbreaking two-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night drops the Trail Blazers to 36-16, but that bloated record creates some false hope if you ask me.
Portland teams are known for being very streaky, so you must proceed with caution when dealing with this franchise in particular. One week the Trail Blazers look unbeatable with a dominant one-two punch of Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge wreaking havoc on teams across the NBA landscape. However, Aldridge’s eight years in Portland have been marred by a handful of lousy performances both down the stretch and in the postseason. And until Aldridge proves his style of play works well in the clutch, then I want no part of the inconsistent Trail Blazers.
Despite being 20 games over .500, Portland is going through a bit of a lull currently as the Trail Blazers have lost six of their last 11 games. Trail Blazers head coach Terry Slotts has a ton of talent to work with, yet 2014 doesn’t look to be an different than year’s past as Portland’s annual late-season collapse appears to be right on time.