[Guide] on April 30 in the NBA playoffs, the Blazers lost 93-99 to the Grizzlies away
, with a total score of 1-4 and was eliminated.
Throughout the series, the Blazers did not show their due combat effectiveness, which has a lot to do with Aldridge’s sluggish offensive state.
In 5 games, Al averaged 22.4 shots per game, but his shooting percentage was only 33%, becoming the first player in the history of the Trail Blazers to have such an inefficient offense in the playoffs.
Adelaide set an embarrassing record in team history
Just like last year, Adelaide was a surprise in the first game of the playoffs.
The difference is that in the first game against the Rockets last year, Alder scored 46 points and 18 rebounds. In the first game against the Grizzlies this year, he made 34 wild shots and only hit 13 goals.
What’s even more surprising is that this turned out to be the game with the highest shooting percentage in Adelaide’s entire series.
In the following 4 games, Alder shot 7 of 20 shots, 6 of 18 shots, 6 of 22 shots and 5 of 18 shots.
In other words, in the 5 games, Adelaide’s shooting percentage did not reach 40% in one game, and he made 37 of 112 shots in total, averaging 15 irons per game.
At the end of the series, Alder created an embarrassing record. He became the first player in the history of the Trail Blazers to average more than 20 shots per game in the playoffs, but his shooting percentage was only 33%.
Even if you look at the history of the league, Adelaide’s poor offensive performance is extremely rare. In the past 33 years, no one has played such a performance.
Of course, there are objective reasons why Adelaide is so inefficient on the offensive end.
The most important point is that Adelaide has been troubled by thumb injuries, and he postponed surgery until the offseason for the team.
In the regular season, Adesan was able to cope, but in the real playoffs, he obviously struggled a lot, and the injury showed signs of aggravation.
Another key reason is that the Grizzlies are very strong inside, and Randolph and Gasol are the toughest combination in the league.
Facing the two men’s defense in turn, Alder had few options. After the fierce physical confrontation, his shooting percentage dropped sharply, and his breakthroughs were blocked by Gasol many times.
He is injured, the opponent is very strong and the support he receives is not enough, Adelaide feels somewhat powerless in this series.
After being eliminated in the playoffs, Adelaide will become a completely free agent. He stated that he hopes to go to a team that can win.
However, the Blazers were eliminated by the Spurs 1-4 in the Western Conference semifinals last year, and they were abused by the Grizzlies 1-4 in the first round this year. This proves that the Portland team is still far from the championship level.
According to media reports, the Spurs, Mavericks, Rockets, Lakers and Knicks have all offered Adelaide an olive branch, hoping to get one of the best power forwards in the league.
Perhaps, today’s game will be the last game Adelaide will play in the Trail Blazers jersey.