Win or Lose,Trail Blazers Have Successfully Combined Sports & Entertainment
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Following Monday’s 132-125 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors, it’s natural to view the glass as half empty (or maybe three-quarters empty considering that’s the portion of games the Portland Trail Blazers have dropped in this series). Multiple times now you’ve watched Portland squander double-digit leads against the defending champions. In Game 4, you witnessed a supposedly rusty Stephen Curry come off the bench and use your home court as the stage for one of the most memorable postseason performances the league has ever seen.
But there’s something to remember. There’s something that epitomizes why we watch sports.
This series, regardless of how much longer it lasts, has been beyond entertaining.
Don’t get me wrong; this is not a “we’re happy to be here” statement. If the Blazers are in the postseason, they should be competitive. But in the NBA, sports and entertainment can become mutually exclusive when times get tough.
Remember last year’s playoff matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies? That series was excruciating to watch, not just because the best-of-seven was never in question but because the style of play and offensive struggles gave Blazers fans little to cheer about.
The same sentiment applies to the second-round faceoff against the San Antonio Spurs the year prior.
Portland finds itself in a 3-1 hole against the Warriors, and that’s a bummer. But it would be unfair to say it’s no fun. This series has been fast-paced and high-scoring—or in other words: It’s been the exact opposite of the Toronto Raptors-Miami Heat showdown we’re currently being forced to watch out East.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are showing the NBA they’re near the top of the rankings in terms of the league’s best backcourts. Despite their inefficiencies, they’ve been the best tandem not on the Warriors to successfully combine productive play with the basic concept of putting on one helluva show.
The continued emergence of players such as Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu have been fun to watch as well.
And yes, Curry going full Curry by scoring a record-setting 17 points in overtime helps add to the entertainment value.
By the way, basketball fans, you just saw Jimi Hendrix play the national anthem. Remember it.— David Deckard (@DaveDeckard) May 10, 2016
Just because you’re not going to go buy yourself a Curry jersey, and just because the Blazers’ inevitable elimination is on the horizon, doesn’t mean you can’t sit back and enjoy what you’re seeing. Portland’s 3-1 series deficit couldn’t be further from the 3-1 hole the Houston Rockets dug themselves in the first round in terms of overall competition.
The final scores in the Blazers’ losses don’t look great, but this team has actually played well through the first four games.
Portland’s season is by all accounts almost over, so sit back and enjoy the fact that Rip City is a team worth cheering for—even on the brink of elimination.
First time since the late 80s, early 90s, feels like this Blazers team really is perfect for this city, they fight like hell no matter what.— Pinwheel Empire (@pinwheelempire) May 10, 2016
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – Dec. 9
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – Feb. 2
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – Feb. 25
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 4/6
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 3/4
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 3/24
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 3/30
- Portland Trail Blazers Weekend Preview & Predictions – 1/30
- Portland Trail Blazers’ Salary Commitments
- Should The Portland Trail Blazers Trade CJ McCollum?
- Should The Trail Blazers Retire Brandon Roy’s Number?
- Portland Trail Blazers’ Playoff Heat Check: January Edition
- Portland Trail Blazers’ Frenzied Offseason Has Been Part of the Plan All Along
- Portland Trail Blazers-Inspired Adult Beverages That Should Exist In Rip City
- Portland Trail Blazers’ Aminu to Participate in First NBA Game in Africa
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 3/16
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 3/10
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – 12/8
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – 2/25
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – 12/1
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – 11/25
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – 10/26
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – 11/17
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – 2/3
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – 2/9
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 12/1
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – 2/2
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview And Predictions – 3/8
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview And Predictions – 3/2
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview - Jan. 12
- Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview - Nov. 24
- So Far, Odds Makers Not Betting On Trail Blazers
- Synergy Over Seeding For The Trail Blazers Down the Home Stretch
- Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard Releases New Rap Song
- Trail Blazers’ Success Can Only Be Gauged by the Playoffs
- Trail Blazers Week Preview & Predictions – End Of The Regular Season
- Trail Blazers vs. Lakers: Why Friday’s Game is So Important
- Trail Blazers Preview: Three Upcoming Games
- Trail Blazers Roundtable: Impact, Injuries, Predictions, and Paychecks
- What Merits a Retired Number For the Portland Trail Blazers?
- What The Portland Trail Blazers Can Learn From The NBA Finals
- Will The Portland Trail Blazers Have a ‘Top Ten Defense’ This Season?
- Win Or (Likely) Lose, The Trail Blazers Had A Heck Of A Season
- Why The Trail Blazers Should Retire Jerome Kersey’s Number 25
- Who Will Be the Next Portland Trail Blazers Villain?
- What’s Next for the Portland Trail Blazers
- Which Young Bench Player For The Portland Trail Blazers Will Step Up?
- Trail Blazers Preview & Prediction – Sacramento Kings, March 28
- Trail Blazers Power Forward Meyers Leonard Gets Hitched
- The Trail Blazers’ Lost Weekend
- The Trail Blazers’ Offseason Plans
- The Trail Blazers Set Their Sights On 2 Players
- The Trail Blazers Make A Series Of Trades On Draft Night
- The Best and Worst Drafts in Trail Blazers History
- The Portland Trail Blazers Begin Summer League Play This Weekend
- Three Questions for the Portland Trail Blazers
- Trail Blazers Acquire Anderson Varejão in 3 Team Trade
- Trail Blazers Great Jerome Kersey Dies at 52
- Trail Blazers Mid-season Review
- Trail Blazers Get Back in the Series, Beat Warriors 120-106
- Trail Blazers Confirm Allen Crabbe’s Spot on Roster
- Trail Blazers Bulk Up Frontline By Signing Ed Davis
- Trail Blazers C.J. McCollum Predicted to be Most Improved of 2015-16
- It’s Time For The Portland Trail Blazers To Commit To Terry Stotts
- Kobe Bryant’s Retirement Puts To Rest Trail Blazers’ Dead Rivalry With Lakers
- NEW: Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview – Dec. 15
- NEW: Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum Named NBA’s Most Improved Player
- NEW: Portland Trail Blazers Week Preview - Jan. 5
- Neil Olshey, Portland Trail Blazers Won’t Talk ‘Playoffs, Lottery’
- LaMarcus Aldridge Likely Leaving the Portland Trail Blazers
- Meet The New Trail Blazers: Gerald Henderson And Noah Vonleh
- Get the Numbers - Trail Blazers Win Over Pacers
- Five Takeaways from the Trail Blazers’ Lackadaisical Preseason Debut