The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets threw down in game two of their best of seven first round series on Wednesday night. It was supposed to be a night where there was no chance of LaMarcus Aldridge playing like he did in game one.
All he did in game one was drop a cool 46 points.
In today’s NBA a power forward putting up those kind of numbers is unheard of. Especially in the postseason. But Aldridge decided he was going to play out of his mind again in game two. This time he dropped 43 on the Rockets and sent Houston fans home early.
To make the night even more special, Aldrige’s mom was in attendance for his second straight career night. Great performances are rewarding in themselves, and they’re even better when you get to enjoy them with loved ones.
But we all know that there’s little time to relax or exhale in the NBA Playoffs. Even though the Trail Blazers are heading back home up 2-0, this series is far from over. The Rockets have very much been in both games and without Aldridge playing out of his mind, they may have very well taken one or both of the first two contests.
Aldridge is looking like an emerging mega-star right now. We’ll see what he’s really made of in games three and four as Houston figures to throw the kitchen sink at him.
The Rockets aren’t dead yet, not by a long shot. But the Blazers certainly control their own destiny from this point on. Some will say that they’re due for a series win, given that they’ve been bounced in the first round six straight times, and haven’t won a playoffs series since the year 2000.