Chris Paul Reminds the NBA: Weve Yet to See the Real Trail Blazers


On two separate occasions this season, Phoenix Suns All-Star guard Chris Paul has contributed to his team getting the better of the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite those two victories, Paul had an interesting assessment of the Blazers, as highlighted by Lindsey Wisniewski of NBC Sports Northwest. After the game, he had a simple message. Dont judge this Portland team just yet. . . Easy as it is to forget, the Trail Blazers have played 36 games this season, missing CJ McCollum for 23 of them and Jusuf Nurkic for 24 of them. In gauging what the 127-121 win over a similar Playoff-type team meant, Paul noted that evaluating this Blazers team without their two other stars would be a bit premature. . Portlands problems are glaring, but its likely that the NBA world learns more about what this team is truly made of in a few weeks, when they presumably return to full health. Paul has gotten to see both sides of the spectrum during his career. Hes often been among those most victimized by teams that couldnt stay healthy. The 11-time All-Star also got a chance to see what this Blazers team could do with even close to full health just five years ago in a postseason matchup.