Five Reasons the Rockets Will Win the Portland Series Even After Losing Game 1
Aldridge is a terribly good player and one of the most underrated power forwards in the NBA, but he is not this good. KILT 610's morning show co-host Nick Wright pointed out Monday morning that if Aldridge were to go for 20 points and 24 rebounds in game two, it would move his averages in five games against the Rockets this year to 30 points and 20 rebounds. During the game on Sunday, Matt Bullard pointed out that only three people had ever scored 46 points and had 18 rebounds in a playoff game -- Aldridge, Dwight Howard and Hakeem Olajuwon. With all due respect to Aldridge, he is very, very good, but those numbers put him among the all-time greats, something he is not.
Patrick Beverley is okay.
Portland point guard Damian Lillard had a decent night Sunday, but when Beverley left the court with an injury (after fouling out), he went haywire, practically running Jeremy Lin off the floor. Had Beverley's injury been more serious -- MRIs found no new damage to the right knee he injured earlier in the season that caused him to miss eight games down the stretch -- it would have made it extremely difficult to contain Lillard, something the Rockets can barely do as it is.