The Portland Trailblazers are playing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Many believed this would be an upset in which the Thunder would win the series. That is not the case, not only will they not win the series but will fail to win even one game. They are out matched at just about every position.
Damian Lilard is the leader of the Trailblazers, matching up with the Thunders best player Russell Westbrook. Westbrook is an amazing guard that displays wonderful numbers during the regular season. But when it comes to the playoffs he is just no match for Lilard. Lilard is an all around guard that is shooting 43% from three-point range, and over 50% inside the arch on the year. He also is one of the better defending point guards in the league. Westbrook, however, puts up better number than Lilard but in the playoffs the team expose he weaknesses. He fails to make the right plays at the right times and is shooting 23% from behind the three-point line. This is recipe for disaster for the Thunder.
The Thunder also have a second All Star guard in Paul George, but he also has struggled in this series. In the first two games he is 6 for 24 from behind the three-point line, that’s 25% for their best shooter. With the Thunder’s two stars struggling to shoot the ball and already down 2-0 in the series. I don’t see them pulling together enough to win even one game.
This series is literally the Lilard and McCollum show and we are all apart of it. In the first two games these two guards are both averaging 30 ppg and over 45% from the field. If they continue to shoot the ball this well, not only will they win all four games in a row but will do it with ease. Portland in 4.