The Portland Trailblazers: NBA Champions Elect?

Can Portland Go all the way?

Some may say this is a case of David versus Goliath, but it has been proven that the Portland Trail Blazers are team with great character and skill.

With an impressive display over 6 games against the Houston rockets, Portland have shown why many should take them seriously and not underestimate the power they possess with the likes of Lamarcus Aldridge, CJ McCollum, Robin Lopez and Damian Lillard.

Lillard especially has put his name out there this postseason, with his sensational buzzer beating three that sealed the fate of Houston setting up a second round meeting with the San Antonio Spurs.

Of course the Blazers go into the game as underdogs against the team who boast a fair few experienced players, but Damian and co. will be looking to cause a huge upset.

The season as a whole for Portland has been that of great success, finishing 5th in the Western Conference, having the best average overall for rebounds this season with 46.4, and have scored phenomenally well over 48 minutes.

Becoming contenders for the Larry O’Brien trophy will have attracted the attention of possible free agents who want to play for a team who hold the quality that the Trail Blazers already do, but what actually separates Portland to other teams is that money is not promoted as much for the team based in Oregon.Damian Lillard

They have comfortable cap room, allowing them to target some big names if they perhaps wanted to, however the owner, Paul Allen might not pursue that route and risk upsetting a well balanced roster so quickly.

To actually win the Finals however, will they need to spend big? We think they will have to, as their rotation lacks the capability to change a game when needed, in addition to already relying on Damian Lilllard to make big shots consistently.

At the moment they don’t quite have the fire power to help on both sides of the court, so an all-rounder is key for Portland if they plan on harbouring any realistic belief of becoming champions.

Hopefully Portland can bring in a few more pieces this off-season, and possibly challenge for the Championship next season… We’ll just have to wait and see.

19. From Erdington, Birmingham. Currently studying Sports Journalism at The University of Brighton- 1st year. An obsession with various sports Like to be up to date with news within the sporting world, particularly football, NBA and NFL Any sports questions ask on twitter @jamesjp97

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