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NBA Playoffs Preview: Do The Portland Trail Blazers Have A Shot At Making History?

NBA Playoffs Preview: Do The Portland Trail Blazers Have A Shot At Making History?

Things did not look good for the Portland Trail Blazers heading into Game Three Saturday night. But at least there had been a handful of teams to come back from an 0-2 series deficit. Heading into Game Four, they are going to be faced with the prospect of making history. No team has ever managed to go down 0-3 in a series and then come back to win it.

A few have forced a Game Seven, but no one has ever won under those conditions.

The task will certainly not be an easy one with Portland star Damian Lillard dealing with a rib injury. It seems that he separated a rib in the third quarter of Game Two while going after a loose ball. According to him, it hasn’t been an issue, and it will not become one, via ESPN:

“I don’t think it’s something that’s affecting my game. It’s there, but it’s not something that’s affecting anything that I’m doing. Obviously, you feel it, but that’s it.”

Lillard didn’t play well in Game Three, but he hasn’t really played well the entire series. After being the driving force for the team in the first round and in the conference semifinals, he has not been much of a factor in the conference finals.

Through three games, he is barely averaging 20 points a game, has made just 15 field goals (46 attempts) and committed 14 turnovers.

However, the Trail Blazers may catch a break in Game Four. Along with Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, it appears that Andre Iguodala is not expected to play. He left Game Three after feeling some pain in his left Achilles.

While the MRI was good, with a three-game advantage in the series, the smart move would be to sit him.

But while that would take away some depth from the team, Steph Curry has been playing well despite his aches and pains. Klay Thompson is playing well, and Draymond Green is coming off a triple-double. Golden State has also been getting some valuable minutes from Alfonzo McKinnie, Kevon Looney, and Jordan Bell.

Portland has played well against the Warriors, but they have yet to play four consecutive, good quarters against them. They will need to if they are going to avoid getting swept.

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