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Portland Trail Blazers 2014-15 Season Review: Robin Lopez vs. The Mascots

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We pause to remember one of the lighter themes of the Trail Blazers season.

Amid all the talk of injuries, playoff disappointments, and impending free agent negotiations that typified the second half of the Portland Trail Blazers season, a lighter and more welcome theme emerged. Blazers center Robin Lopez had feuded with league mascots for years, as far back as his days with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans. But 2015 saw the rivalry go national. Like your regional wrestling feud suddenly hitting the WWE, Lopez was plastered all over ESPN, Inside Stuff, and anywhere people needed a chuckle.

To brighten your day (and our recap) here are a couple of Lopez's best hits against Detroit's "Hooper" and whatever passes for a mascot in Washington.