Trail Blazers @ Lakers Game Thread
This is where Damian Lillard can really take his game to another level. We know he's got a mean jumper and can take over with the best of them, but when he starts getting his opponent in foul trouble early on is a sign that he's really going to be on his way. Steve Nash, as great as he is, is still nearing 40 years old and will never be confused as a defensive stopper, which is why it's important for Lillard to attack early. If Nash is playing off, in fear of foul trouble, then use the step-back game to his advantage. Now, in the post, Aldridge and Hickson must keep Howard off the offensive glass. Limiting LA's second-chance points in crucial. If Portland can shoot at least 20 free throws and win the rebound battle, the Trail Blazers will be 2-0 against the Lakers this season.
So Rip City, what are your keys to victory?Continue>>>