Trail Blazers Fans Support NBA Finals In Force
During the first four games of the NBA Finals I’ve noticed a phenomenon that has taken me some time to figure out.
It started during game one. I was watching my Twitter feed and was SHOCKED at how many Trail Blazers fans were not only watching the NBA Finals, but were fully invested in the game. It was exactly like during a Trail Blazers game, but with names like Kidd and Dirk instead of LA and Crash. It felt a little like the twilight zone.
So this got me to thinking, are fans all over Portland watching the finals? And if so, who are they rooting for? Dallas seems like a logical choice because they’re the Western Conference team. But on the other hand, we all know they eliminated us and that makes it a bit harder to swallow. Miami has its fans too, and with a Portland connection in Juwan Howard, I can see Trail Blazers fans leaning that direction.
After my pondering I decided to do a little undercover research. I went to a couple sports hangouts around town to watch the games. Grand Central Bowl
and On Deck Sports Bar and Grill
were the spots.
I was even more impressed by the turnouts for the games than by my Twitter feed. Portland fans came out en masse, rocking their Trail Blazers gear, to cheer for the team they decided to back (most were rooting for the Mavs.)
I spoke with a few people about why they were watching the Finals and got some inspiring answers. Trail Blazers fans appreciate the game in general. A few people told me they’re better fans when they watch more basketball, they learn with every pass and shot. Most of all, fans love the excitement of the Finals, even if they don’t include the Trail Blazers.
Talk about excitement, this NBA Finals series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat has been incredible so far. It’s indisputable. Three of four decided at the buzzer. It’s unreal. Sure, the games haven’t been the greatest, but the endings have made them worth it.
There’s something about a game coming down to the last shot that twists the stomach and makes four quarters of semi-entertaining basketball seem like the pre-game warm up. These Finals have been a great return on a year of investment in basketball.
There’s no doubt in my mind that tonight’s game five will bring a good crowd. I’ll be watching from Spirit of 77
, so if you’re there, bring your A-game. Your enthusiasm increases mine.
Thanks for the NBA Finals ride!