Trail Blazers

How the Trail Blazers and Jamal Murray have a WWE Wrestlemania-type bond

Trail Blazers

Having a perfect record in any metric is nearly impossible.

Even the 2015-16 Warriors, a team that set the NBA's single season win record, lost nine times.

Perfection is tough to come by.

Some have come close, but even a minor blemish stands out.

If someone is X-1, we will always remember the one.

Case in point, Brock Lesnar.

You don't have to be a wrestling fan to know he was the one in 21-1, ending the Undertaker's two decade long Wrestlemania winning streak.

If you didn't know this fact, odds are you have seen or even used the meme it spawned.

So what does this have to do with The Trail Blazers and the Nuggets?

Like the Undertaker, who would sit up in the middle of match and instantly recover from what seemed to be the end, the Nuggets returned from the brink in their semi-finals matchup against the Clippers.

Facing a 3-1 hole, the Nuggets dug deep and managed to turn the tables on the heavily favored Clippers.

Three straight wins later, the Nuggets did the unthinkable and advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2009.

With the victory, Nuggets' star point guard Jamal Murray improved to 7-1 in elimination games.

But like I said earlier, if someone is X-1, we will always remember the one.

In this case, that one is the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

It was in last season's Western Conference Semifinals that the Trail Blazers traveled to Denver for a win or go home Game 7.

Lillard had an impressive playoff run, but McCollum took over in the Mile High City.

The Blazers shooting guard scored 37 points and helped Portland advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.

It also led to this image of Lillard walking back to the locker room that will forever live in Blazers history.

For now, the Nuggets are riding high, and they should be. They staved off elimination. They came back from a 3-1 deficit twice this postseason.

When the Nuggets are on the brink, they have a tendency to bounce back... except for that one time in 2019, and we'll never forget it.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon].