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If we’re just basing this on winning and losing, it’s hard to justify giving this to LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers. His team has gotten drubbed by a total of 41 points in the first two games.
However, we're only factoring in winning as a part, not the whole. We have to ask the question, is Portland getting destroyed by the San Antonio Spurs because of Aldridge or in spite of him? It seems the latter.
For the week, Aldridge averaged 26.0 points and 12.3 rebounds. In just the second round, those numbers are 24 and 12. Compare that with his counterpart on San Antonio, Tim Duncan, who has averaged 11 and 8.5.
Clearly, Aldridge isn’t the reason the Trail Blazers are getting their teeth kicked out.
Portland is getting decimated because they have no clue how to slow down San Antonio’s multiple screen sets, which are resulting in an astronomical three-point shooting performance. The Spurs are 19-of-36 from deep in the first two games, and that’s not on Aldridge. It's on the perimeter defenders and the coaching staff.
Honorable Mention: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Blake Griffin averaged 20.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the Los Angeles Clippers this week. Those numbers aren’t fantastic, but they’re the second best among power forwards.
When you factor in the sideshow created by the Donald Sterling fiasco, it’s a bit forgivable that Griffin’s numbers are a bit down this postseason. However, if the Clippers are going to survive the storm and sail through the Thunder, he’ll need to pick things up, especially his rebounding.