The Portland Trail Blazers just won the Internet.
At 15-3 on the year entering Tuesday's matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder and tied for the best record in the Western Conference, Portland decided to troll the entire Eastern Conference in fewer than 140 characters:
Blazers: one bazillion gajillion; all of the Eastern Conference: nothing.
UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 3 at 9:45 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
The Washington Wizards struck a blow for their beleaguered conference on Feb. 3, knocking off the visiting Blazers by a final score of 100-90. They didn't miss an opportunity to fire back at Portland and the West:
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Portland's use of social media here is golden, and it caused quite a stir in the sporting world:
Some of the fan responses to the troll-tastic tweet were just as good:
The reply from the Phoenix Suns was even better:
Don't worry, Portland. I won't tell anyone if Phoenix doesn't.
What I cannot do is fix the Eastern Conference. No one can. As of Dec. 4, two teams—the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers—stand above .500. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, via B/R's Howard Beck, this is the first time since 1972 that's happened.
Out West, meanwhile, 10 teams have a winning record and 12 are at .500 or better.
Although the Blazers are presently perched atop their own conference, their interest in heading East is understandable. They're a perfect 8-0 against Eastern Conference teams on the season, including a victory over the mighty Pacers.
Joining the opposing conference would work in Portland's favor most come playoff time.
The way the East is shaping up, the Blazers wouldn't have to worry about facing a team above .500 until the conference finals. You cannot buy that kind of luxury. It's priceless.
It's also not a scenario the Blazers will experience. Teams aren't allowed to just switch conferences (to the best of our knowledge). Commissioner David Stern would never allow it. The Association's Stern-in-training, Adam Silver, wouldn't either.
If they did, the Blazers would almost certainly need to trade places with someone. And which team would agree to swap spots with the Blazers? The Celtics, perhaps? They're sitting atop the Atlantic Division in one of the most improper tank jobs we've ever seen.
Playing out West would allow Boston, among other (unofficial) Andrew Wiggins-Jabari Parker chasers, to tank the right way, gobs of losses and all.
So make it happen, NBA. Please. The East needs a few good teams, not scads of failed tank jobs and playoff outfits below .500 like it has now.
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