At one point the hottest team in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers have gone into a tailspin recently. Not only have the Blazers lost four games in a row (and five of their last seven), but LaMarcus Aldridge had to be escorted off the court after a nasty fall during Wednesday’s 103-90 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
While the situation certainly looks dire for the Blazers, Damian Lillard is confident the team will overcome the adversity:
“I think this is the first time where we’ve been tested at this level. We’re losing some of our better players and we’re losing games and letting leads slip. It’s kind of one of those points of the year where it’s like, ‘All right, it’s test time.’ I think it’s going to be a test that we’ll pass. I think we’ll find ourselves and get back to having fun and playing for each other.”
After such smooth sailing for a majority of the year, hitting a tumultuous stretch in the waning months of the season isn’t exactly ideal. However, perhaps coping with this stretch of adversity will benefit the Blazers during the playoffs, or so at least the optimist in me likes to believe (the depressed realist in me, on the other hand, wants to curl up in the fetal position and cry about how the NBA gods must hate Portland).
[Source: Oregon Live]