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Steve Smith Still Salty about Blazers-Lakers Game 7 in 2000

The Lakers won the Western Conference Finals in 2000 with a huge fourth-quarter comeback, but one former Trail Blazer wants to watch the replay for all the “help” they got.

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The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals via a thrilling and famous fourth-quarter comeback. Almost two decades later, one of the starters for the Trail Blazers in that game has not forgotten it, nor the “assistance” that Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant appeared to get in their quest for the NBA Finals. When asked by Ben Golliver of which past game he would like to view using virtual reality technology, Steve Smith, former Blazers shooting guard, picked that fateful series-clincher...and for fascinating reasons.

Smith’s answer is interesting, considering most Trail Blazers fans click the power button like they were killing a Diablo boss whenever that game is re-broadcast. Then again, Smith apparently feels justified in the claim that Portland should have won it, while fans are left with regret and reflexive shudders.