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5 Reasons Why Portland Trail Blazers Will Win the 2014 NBA Finals

5 Reasons Why Portland Trail Blazers Will Win the 2014 NBA Finals

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The 2014 NBA Playoffs are beginning to shape up as some of the best in recent history. The first round hasn’t been as evenly matched in years. It appears that there are more than just a few teams that can hoist the championship at the end of the year.
The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the most complete teams in the league and have an amazing starting five. This is a team that can definitely win it all and here’s why.

5. Cohesion

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5. Cohesion

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Unlike the Indiana Pacers, the Trail Blazers are playing really well together. This team grew up together and most of its stars were drafted (or traded when they were drafted) by Portland. Everyone knows their role and realizes that LaMarcus Aldridge is the go-to star.

4. Rebounding

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4. Rebounding

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Portland is the No. 1 rebounding team in the league. If there is one statistic that translates into the postseason it is rebounding. Not only are the starters good at rebounding, but the Blazers' bench is also pretty skilled at attacking the boards.

3. Starters

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3. Starters

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Most teams in the NBA have either a star player or a tandem of stars. Four of Portland’s starting five could start on any other team in the league. Damian Lillard is becoming one of the league’s best point guards, and Nicolas Batum is a five-tool player who is highly underrated. This team is so prolific because it wins most of its individual matchups.

2. Diverse Scoring

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2. Diverse Scoring

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In the first game against the Houston Rockets, big man LaMarcus Aldridge hit two three-pointers. How do you defend a team that has its best post scorer raining down three-balls? The Trail Blazers are as good in the paint as they are on the perimeter. A versatile player like Nicolas Batum (13 PPG, 5.1 APG, 7.5 RPG), symbolizes the team’s well-roundedness on the offensive end.

1. LaMarcus Aldridge

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1. LaMarcus Aldridge

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There has been no player as dominant as Aldridge in the first round of the playoffs. He has scored 40 points or more in each of his team’s victories over the Houston Rockets. Somehow he is outplaying even Dwight Howard. The playoffs usually make good players great, and Aldridge is shining bright so far. If the rest of the team follows in his trail (pun intended), they will go deep into the playoffs.

DeMario Phipps-Smith is the writer of mid-major NCAA basketball content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @demariopsmith or add him to your network on Google.