Fat chance, right? It’s never been done you say? Well, the Portland Trail Blazers are one step closer to becoming the first team in NBA history to come back from down 0-3 in the playoffs with their convincing win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Alright, so they have a really long way to go, but honestly, if the Blazers play the way they did on Monday night, there’s a chance they could be the first team to do it.
The reason why the Blazers might have a chance is because of the adjustments they made to beat the Spurs in Game 4. If they would have stuck with their usual game plan, the Spurs would have moved on. With a more spread out offense and utilizing their surprisingly deep bench, the Blazers were able to keep the Spurs guessing on offense and the court opened up for stars like Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Blazers were able to pull away in the second half thanks to the three-point shot, especially with timely baskets from beyond the arc by Nicolas Batum. Robin Lopez also came out and played hard, getting after rebounds and going to the basket aggressively down low.
The Spurs did struggle with their shooting with terrible numbers from the three-point line, but the Blazers took advantage whenever they could and that was the key. The door was open, and the Blazers not only busted through, but they gained some great momentum that could lead to an interesting fight for the remainder of the series.
Aldridge can go off at any point — just ask the Houston Rockets — and if the Spurs continue to struggle with their shooting, the Blazers could move on to the Conference Finals in historic fashion.