Portland Trail Blazers

There's an NBA conspiracy theory and it involves the Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers

Conspiracy theories come in many shapes and sizes, as we all know.

Bigfoot, the moon landing, and many more I won’t get into because some are just plain ridiculous, honestly.

But since the NBA has been back and at full swing, one conspiracy theory has made its way and it involves Portland’s own Trail Blazers:

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Are other western conference teams trying to help Portland become the eighth seed in the playoffs?

Well, are they?

The Portland Trail Blazers have been on a roll since the NBA restart. They currently are 4-2, with wins against Houston and Denver, and nearly beat Boston and Clippers.

Against the Clippers, Doc Rivers rested Kawhi Leonard, and then pulled his other star, Paul George, from the game with five minutes remaining and the Clippers trailing by three. 

Was this an attempt to throw the game to improve the chances the Lakers would have to see this tough team in the first round?

Well, no. Rivers said that George was on a minutes restriction, so let's not try to make this any bigger than what people think this is.

Then the coach was asked if he thought the Trail Blazers could beat the Lakers.

“I don’t get involved in that,” said Rivers, whose team beat Portland despite not having its stars in at the end. “I honestly don’t look at it. I heard our guys talking about it, I’m like, ‘Listen, that’s their business. Our business is who we’re playing.’ We need to focus on that.”

 

I don’t know if teams are trying to get the Blazers into the 8th seed, but it is an interesting conversation to have.

Once the seeding games end, the eighth and ninth teams in the West will participate in a play-in game.

If the eighth seed wins, it advances to the playoffs. If the ninth seed wins, the teams play an elimination game.

If Portland lands at the 8th spot and wins against the Lakers, will the Clippers be ready to face a well-oiled machine that will be the Blazers?

I'm not much of a conspiracy theory guy, myself. But I do know and understand that the Blazers, as of now, is on a roll and the Lakers could be having some trouble if they face each other in the playoffs.

The Blazers aren’t slowing down, and neither is Damian Lillard.

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