Coming into the postseason as underdogs yet again, Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers proved everyone wrong — first by eliminating the star-heavy Oklahoma City Thunder, then the second-seeded Denver Nuggets.
The Blazers beat all the odds and advanced to the third round for the first time in 13 years. After all the doubting and the adversity Dame faced, it must have felt great to finally get the redemption he had sought for so long.
His reaction after the game said everything:
It was a surreal moment for sure, and one Portland has deserved.
But is this team equipped to handle the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals? While OKC and Denver were great opponents, they are not nearly on the Warriors’ level. The two-time defending Champions are coming off a trying series against Houston, that saw them gather together in wake of an injury scare. They are re-charged, re-inspired, and very much hungry to make history this postseason. With KD and DeMarcus Cousins due to return this series as well, it sets up a daunting task for the Blazers ahead.
But if we have learned anything from their most recent run, it is that we should never count Dame or the Trailblazers out, no matter who is standing in their way.