The Portland Trail Blazers possess one of the league’s most promising roster that’s filled with several talented players. This group is headlined by All-Star point guard Damian Lillard. In a recent interview with ESPN, Lillard was quite confident in how deep his team can go in the playoffs this upcoming season.
“This year I want to get to the Western Conference finals and give ourselves a chance to get to the [NBA] Finals,”Lillard told J.A. Adande of ESPN. “I think it’s possible.”
This is quite a lofty goal but could be attainable if things break the right way for them. The unquestioned powerhouse in the conference are the Golden State Warriors, who look head and shoulders above the rest of the conference in the preseason. This would leave them competing against the likes of the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, and Oklahoma City Thunder.
It’s quite possible that the Trail Blazers can take the next leap lead by their dynamic backcourt of Lillard and C.J. McCollum. This will require a much more complete team effort that will need the other young players such as Allen Crabbe, Moe Harkless, and Noah Vonleh to step into more prominent offensive roles. There’s a lot that needs to fall in place but Portland can make it happen.