With the on-court season officially over for the Blazers, and the offseason discussions gearing up, along with the rest of the playoffs going on, I'd like to remind us all about this:
I can't decide if my favorite part is the crowd's collective reaction, or the way Lillard reacted like he had all season when he hit a buzzer beater: like he hadn't just done something incredibly special, something that had been done just three other times in the history of the National Basketball Association.
You know, I think it's the crowd reaction. Fourteen years of pent-up frustration being released in one orgasmic moment of pure, unadulterated sports euphoria. It never stops making me happy. It never stops being the single greatest shot I have ever witnessed in my life.
Who cares that the Blazers lost to the Spurs in the second round? This is what I'm going to remember about this Blazer season. Not the offseason worries about Aldridge and the Blazers' salary cap and how Olshey is going to use the MLE. This. This shot, this moment, this reaction, and what it meant to a city and a fan base that has supported this franchise through thick and thin.
Moments like this are why we're sports fans. This shot makes all the years of pain, frustration and disappointment worth it. Teams, true teams, like the one we had the privilege of watching night-in and night-out this season, make it worth it.
"Teams that play together beat those teams with superior players who play more as individuals." - Dr. Jack