Wow! Just like that! From the outhouse to the penthouse! The West is Wild and tonight is a perfect example of what we’re in for this season.
With two straight losses to start the road trip and games looming in Milwaukee and Golden State things were looking admittedly hairy. As unnecessary as it may be, I found myself digging thru the standings this morning projecting how bad things could get if this trip continued to go south.
Bang, just like that we win, the Warriors lose and Portland sits atop the Western Conference controlling our own destiny to the one seed and home court throughout the Western Conference playoffs.
Today was everything you could ever ask from this team wrapped into one effort. Portland jumped on Washington early and didn’t let up. The Blazers led by 7 headed into the 2nd, 21 at the half and 27 late in the 3rd.
Lillard played at an MVP level. CJ showed why he’s knocking on the door of his first All-Star appearance. Nurk added a near triple double.
As exciting as it is being atop the West, let’s pump the breaks a bit here. Sure, it’s a great start but let’s take a rain check on the premature celebration. No need to start saving seats on Broadway Street quite yet. 3 wins separate the 1 and 12 seed. True story.
Next up New York Wednesday night. MSG is Lillard’s second home. I expect him to swing thru Sway in the Morning, hit us with a freestyle, then proceed to hang another 40 on the hapless Knickerbockers.
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Nurk: 13pts 14reb
Leonard: 0blks 0ast 0stl