The Trail Blazers entered the playoffs almost completely healthy and they peaked at the right time, with six wins in their last seven regular season games. When Dame, CJ and Melo combine for 70 or more points, the Trail Blazers become very hard to beat. That’s exactly what happened in Game 1 of their first round series against the Nuggets, as Lillard, McCollum and Anthony combined for 73 points.
Portland has enough offensive firepower to scare any team and you have to remember that Games 1 and 2 took place at Carmelo Anthony’s arena. Ball Arena, formerly known as the Pepsi Center, is Melo’s arena. He got almost no love from Nuggets fans on Saturday though. “They love me. They hate me. I can’t do anything about that but go out there, smile, enjoy myself, have fun and play basketball,” Anthony said after Game 1.“Whatever they have to say, let them say it, it’s not my concern.”