Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 4/29/13
It stands to reason that the sixteen teams that make the playoffs every season are usually the sixteen best.  Sometimes an 8-seed slips in over a slightly better team, but 82 games are a good barometer for which teams deserve to play for the title. If that is the case, the Portland Trail Blazers could learn a thing or two from some of the sixteen teams that made it that far. Oklahoma City Thunder: A star carries you.  A team of good role players may work well together, but it is that rare superstar that will take your team to new heights.  The Thunder have that in Kevin Durant, and even without Russell Westbrook for the rest of the playoffs, they are never in a bad situation because Durant is there at the end of the day.  The question for Portland is whether LaMarcus Aldridge or Damian Lillard can be THAT player. Memphis Grizzlies: Control the middle.  Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol are giving the Clippers fits on both ends of the floor, clogging up the middle and reboun...
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