Its a very difficult achievement for the pioneers. The last time they reached the Western Conference finals was in the 1999-2000 season.
At the beginning of the season, no one would have thought that the Blazers could reach the Western Finals. After all, they had three first-round tours in the previous four seasons and were swept repeatedly, which was quite ugly. And during the season, they also experienced the influence of the death of owner Paul Allen, and the teams future is uncertain.
Who would have thought that they would eventually be able to stand on the stage of Western Judgment?
Looking back on history, the Blazers have always been a more point-backed team. The only time they won the championship in team history was in 1977. Although there was a resurgence in 1990 and 1992, there were two misses in the championship. Since then, they have entered the playoffs 20 times, but not once again in the Finals, and only twice in the Western Finals.
Moreover, the team also has a huge shadow of injuries, not to mention the distance, like Oden is a well-known example, the pioneers easily get the champion, and eventually early reimbursement in the injury. In addition, Portland is not a big commercial city, unlike New York and Los Angeles, which can always attract the attention of the stars and get the stars to join, so it is difficult to rely on external reinforcement to develop.
Fortunately, at this moment, the pioneers have made a small leap. Lillard has repeatedly stressed that he will not join other teams for the championship. He will not hug the team or the thighs. Finally, today, the pioneers advanced to the Western Finals, and his perseverance has been rewarded.