A suspended season leaves us wondering if the Trail Blazers will get to push for the playoffs. If not, here’s one stat that defined the each players year.
Hit the snooze buttons on those “Lillard Time” clocks for just at least a couple of weeks. It was supposed to be time, like it historically has been, for the Portland Trail Blazers to begin their spirited push towards April, and a seventh consecutive Playoff appearance. But as we’ve become well aware of, the 2019-20 season has been temporarily delayed, forcing us, for better-or-worse, to evaluate what have seen to this point.
Enduring injuries and roster turnover is nothing new for the Blazers as an organization. But this season, the battle against lady luck was even less forgiving. To illustrate: of the 11 players to play the most games for this year’s Blazers, seven of them weren’t even a part of last season’s Western Conference Finals group.
That’s not common for a team with championship aspirations, much less a team with its eyes return trip to the Western Conference Playoffs. But here we are, with 16 games left in the season, and the Blazers only 3½ games out of the eighth and final spot in the standings.
This is almost reassuring, when you consider Portland’s track record in March and April. The fear, though, comes from the unknown. Will this season’s cancellation even provide us a proper 82-game finish? Or could the Blazers come back to lament some of the close ones they let slip away (take your pick from November).
With all of this in mind, some statistics could come back to define the 2019-20 campaign. Here, we’ll get in a player-for-player synopsis of that, starting with the three players that make up the Blazers’ backcourt.