If the Blazers get into the playoffs this year, they will be playing one of 4 teams in the first round:
This is jumping way ahead, but assuming Portland's current active players are healthy going into the first round, who does Portland match up best with?
Each team presents their problems. Spurs with their 3 point shooting and tough rebounding. Lakers have size that Portland can longer match up with if Bynum is healthy. And the Kobe factor. Mavericks have the Dirk factor and Jason Terry seems to kill us every time we play them. The Thunder have a point guard who absolutely dominates our back court. And Durant is a crunch time killer. Plus, Ibaka has been able to guard Aldridge fairly well. Who knows how Perkins is going to impact their team?