NBA TV’s Steve Smith and Vinny Del Negro preview the first-round playoff matchup between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets. Topics including the point guard showdown between Damian Lillard and Patrick Beverley/Jeremy Lin, the importance of the three-point ball in the series for both teams, what Dwight Howard needs to do and the offensive brilliance of James Harden. One thing missing? LaMarcus Aldridge, who doesn’t even get mentioned until the very end of the segment. Media seems to be treating LA as a bit of an afterthought in this series, though you can be sure he’s first and foremost on Houston’s defensive gameplan.
April 18, 2014