No one expected the Trail Blazers to be in the 2014 playoffs, but Terry Stotts brought Portland to the postseason in just his second year with the team. Before he coached the Blazers, Stotts had never lasted more than two years with one franchise. However, he already has more games under his belt with them than he did as a head coach with any other team. His only postseason experience as a head coach came in 2006 with the Milwaukee Bucks. They only won one game in their first-round series with the Detroit Pistons. However, Stotts was an assistant coach for the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, and the Mavericks made the playoffs every year that he was with the team.
There are 1,042 tickets available on the secondary market for the first round at the Moda Center in Portland. The average ticket price for these games is just $168.12, and this price is only 20.33 percent more than the regular-season price of $139.72. This playoff premium is the second-lowest of any team in the 2014 NBA playoffs, so you will be getting your Blazers playoff tickets at a very good price.
The Blazers have succeeded this season because they are arguably the best corner 3-pointer team in the NBA. They are the best offensive team in total shots made from beyond the arc in the left corner. In addition, they are among the best defensive teams in the league when it comes to preventing their opponent from making corner 3-pointers. Offensive and defensive success with the corner 3-pointer has led to many regular-season wins in 2013-14, and Portland fans hope it will continue in the playoffs.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez make up the Blazers’ starting frontcourt, and they have been a large part of the team’s improving defense. Aldridge is one of a select few players who are averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season. Batum is also in rare company: he is one of a few players to average approximately 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists this season. For Lopez, this is his first season averaging more than 10 points and six rebounds per game.
Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews round out the starting lineup for the Blazers, and they hope to bring Portland to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000.