And just like that, it's over.
Playing with all of the momentum in the world, the Portland Trail Blazers sputtered in their final seeding game, losing in devastating fashion to the Brooklyn Nets ____.
It was win or go home for the Trail Blazers, who could have clinched the 8-seed with a win. Instead, they're packing their bags and leaving the bubble.
When the NBA Board of Directors and NBAPA were planning on what the season would look like once play resumed, Damian Lillard spoke out and use this platform.
The Portland Trail Blazers 5x All-Star point guard wanted a shot at the playoffs regardless of what the format would look like.
Entering seeding games 3.5 games back of Memphis, the Blazers had their shot and only needed one more win to advance to the play-in games(s).
Unfortunately, Lillard and the Blazers couldn’t get it done. They went 5-3 in the bubble.
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Dame deserves the ‘bubble’ MVP award while averaging 35 points per game during this restart, which included two 50+ point outings.
There are several observations we made regarding the Blazers down in Orlando:
- The third quarter was definitely not their best quarter
- Gary Trent Jr.’s impact was on full display as the pitbull made life hard for Paul George, Luka Doncic and several others.
- Jusuf Nurkic’s return to the court is such a welcomed sight and his impact was made known right away
- Put some respect on Damian Lillard’s name.
As stated above, the Blazers were one game away from forcing a play-in game for that eight seed in the Western Conference. Instead, the Blazers are headed home to the PNW.
More to come from our Insider Dwight Jaynes and reporter Jamie Hudson, analysis as well as postgame quotes from the players.