As much as this proves Dame's worth, the interesting thing is that the Trail Blazers never really missed their ace since the young guns were performing well. Suddenly, there's hope and excitement in Portland.
The Blazers are blazing.
The Blazers are in a decent run of form this season. The young players on the squad are playing in sync and have managed to win some important games without Lillard.
The biggest surprise of the season
With a decent squad of players, the Trail Blazers have a very good chance of making it to the Playoffs, something no one saw coming in the loaded Western Conference. Unlike a lot of their competition, the Blazers have a clear pecking order and identity. They put their cards on youth and athleticism, and so far, the bet is paying off.
With a good coach at the helm in Chauncey Billups and the young stars responding well with the experienced players on the roster, the Trail Blazers have to be consistent in carrying the good momentum to have the off chance of clinching a playoff birth. This is an amazing start, but we should keep in mind they've only played 10 out of 82 regular season games. This is a marathon, not a sprint.