Originally written December 10, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
It has not been a bad season so far for the Portland Trail Blazers.  8-12 through twenty games is not awful for a team in a rebuilding year, and the team is showing signs of competing in the Western Conference within two years.  Not that the fans are happy with that.  Many things have gone right through the first quarter of the season, many things have gone wrong, but the future looks productive for the Blazers. SUCCESSES: 1)      Damian Lillard’s Shooting.  During the draft, the Blazers selection of Lillard out of Weber State seemed to be a baffling move.  How would he be able to score against professional level competition?  Very well, as it turns out.   18.9 points per game, good enough for second amongst all point guards in the league.  Lillard is shooting 43 percent from the field, and a respectable 38 percent from three point land.  Lillard’s scoring touch has made many that criticized his selection eat their words. 2)      The Domination of LaMarcus Aldridge.  If
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