The City of Roses is in love with its team again. Point guard Damian Lillard has reignited a franchise that fell on hard times of late. Portland is coming off their first playoff series win since 2000, and expectations are even higher this season. The Moda Center is going to be the hottest ticket in the West, as Lillard and company launch another run at an NBA championship.
From the moment Lillard showed up in Portland, it was clear things would be different. The unheralded point guard from Weber State, immediately staked his claim as the best in his 2013 rookie class. He ran away with the Rookie of the Year award that season and returned last year with even more to prove. Lillard and All-Star center LaMarcus Aldridge launched Portland to an impressive start in 2012, going 13-2 in the month of November.
They held on to claim the fifth seed in the playoffs. A tough matchup with four seed Houston awaited, and the series lived up to expectations. The teams pushed each other to six games, three of which were decided in overtime. Aldridge was particularly salty on the road early in the series, posting 46 points in game one, and 43 in game two. The Rockets pushed the series to game six, and nearly a game seven. But with 0.9 seconds left, Lillard drilled a series-winning three-pointer in one of the most memorable moments of the 2014 postseason.
Unfortunately their electrifying win against the Rockets bought the Trail Blazers a one-way ticket to a San Antonio beat down. Portland was dominated by the Spurs. But more importantly, they learned from the best about what it takes to get to the next level.
Coach Terry Stotts has some new tools as his disposal. Guard Steve Blake will serve as a capable backup to Lillard, and Chris Kaman was signed to backup Aldridge. Both provide much-needed depth for a team that has one of the least productive benches in the league. That bench was made thinner with the departure of Mo Williams.
But bench or no bench, this year Lillard and Aldridge return for something more. And they’re taking all Trail Blazer ticket-holders with them on a run for the NBA title.
2014 blazers ticket info
Portland Trail Blazers tickets simply do not last and the time to get your tickets to see the one of the NBA’s biggest up-and-coming teams now! The Portland Trail Blazers schedule is jam packed with their biggest rivals from across the league, including a visit from the two-time defending champion Miami Heat as well as tilts with the division rival Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz. Portland Trail Blazers tickets also put you front and center to catch the biggest stars from all the top teams, including the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls, not to mention promising young squads like the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers. A visit to the Moda Center means you’ll have a prime spot as the Portland Trail Blazers aim to take down the best of the best in the Western Conference, with a focused eye on returning to the NBA Playoffs.
The Portland Trail Blazers are led by 2012 Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard, along with NBA All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and promising rising stars like Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum. Newcomers Mo Williams, Robin Lopez and Earl Watson add fire power to the Blazers mix.
The Portland Trail Blazers have a storied history that includes the franchise’s only NBA Championship in 1977. After a modest beginning without a playoff appearance in their first six seasons, the Portland Trail Blazers, sparked by their championship season, were a fixture in the postseason for 26 of the following 27 seasons, including 21 consecutive playoff berths from 1982-2003. Though they’ve missed the playoffs in seven of the last 10 seasons, the Portland Trail Blazers are once again primed for a playoff run and the time to get your tickets to see their resurgence is now!