Portland Trail Blazers: 40-1

There are a couple of important differences between the Portland Trail Blazers and the just-covered Raptors, and very few of these offer aid for Rip City’s better chances.
The Blazers were lean annually, buttressing a elite starting five with next to nothing off the bench. Bringing in Chris Kaman and Steve Blake does not feel as a Fantastic remedy.
Obviously, second-year guard C.J. McCollum needs to see his role increase this season, and he’s got the combo-guard abilities to make an effect. Head coach Terry Stotts seems to be leaning toward him as a first man; McCollum led all Blazers reservations in minutes per game during the preseason.
For all this, it is hard to grasp why Portland is viewed as a larger title hazard than Toronto. The Blazers’ convention is harder, their seat is still thinner and they ended the year at just 23-19 following a start. Portland is a good team, but it might not be much more than that.
It is going to be around Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and the remaining starters to duplicate that fifth-ranked offensive evaluation. If they can’t do this, suspect defense and also an abysmal chair may finally hit among the past year’s biggest surprises having a painful dose of truth.

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