Through the Portland Trail Blazers' first four playoff games, All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge has accounted for an outstanding 141 points and 46 rebounds. No player has topped both of those marks in the first four games of a playoff run since Hakeem Olajuwon posted 150 points and 67 rebounds during the 1988 postseason, per Elias Sports Bureau.
Olajuwon didn't get a chance to build on his numbers from the first four games that year, as his Rockets were eliminated in four games by the Dallas Mavericks, back when the first round was best-of-five.
Coincidentally facing Olajuwon's beloved Houston Rockets, Aldridge kick-started his prodigious postseason production by going for 46 points and 18 rebounds in a sensational Game 1 display in Houston.
Then, the former University of Texas standout notched 43 points and eight rebounds in Game 2 to further torment his home-state opponents, while propelling the Blazers to a 2-0 series lead.
Shifting to Portland for Game 3, Aldridge unsurprisingly drew tighter defense from Houston, leading to a mere 23 points and 10 boards in a losing effort.
Aldridge finished his wildly successful four-game stretch with 29 and 10 in Sunday's Game 4 win, the third overtime contest of an intensely competitive series.
While Aldridge's current playoff averages of 35.3 points and 11.5 rebounds are record worthy, his regular season output of 26.8 points and 15.5 boards in four games against the Rockets clearly evidence the mismatch he poses to Houston.
Now one win away from their first playoff series victory since 2000—the NBA's longest active drought—the Blazers hope Aldridge's dominant play will lead them on a quest through the Western Conference.