The Indiana Pacers and Portland Trial Blazers have been bad teams for a long time it seems. Recently though, good drafting and smart front office moves seem to have revived both franchises, so much so that the meeting between the two on Friday night is being dubbed a potential NBA Finals preview.
We can only hope that two young and outrageously athletic teams meet in the Finals, because the showdown between the two on Friday has been outstanding. George Hill got in on the fun early with a steal he took the other way for a brilliant jam.
These two teams don’t meet often, but if they can stay good we may see a rivalry develop that takes the NBA into the next generation of superstars.