The Blazers vs Thunder is what makes the NBA Great
Every year in the first round we see series' that are so one-sided and uneventful. We're seeing it this year between the Magic vs Raptors and Bucks vs Pistons. Although the talent level between the Eastern conference and western conference is different, I think we will see sides flip flop very soon. That's another argument though.
The Western conference has featured many great playoff series. The Clippers are playing their best basketball against Golden State Warriors even though it's not enough to claim the series. But, that's what happens with great teams who do not have a star player. Great teams get to the playoffs but do not go any further because they do not have a next-level player who can command an offense and keep a defense off balance. The Magic and Clippers both lack in this category. Their coaching is great, but the players are not in that upper tier of talent. That is certainly not the case in the first round of the NBA Playoffs between the Portland Trailblazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
This matchup is star-powered. Damian Lillard. Paul George. Russell Westbrook. CJ McCollum. 2 stars on each team competing to win the series. This matchup is what makes the NBA Playoffs great.
These teams have been going at it all year, fueling a rivalry we could see for possibly another decade depending on what happens from a personnel standpoint. Back in January, we saw Russell Westbrook talk some stuff to Damian Lillard. Since January 22nd, Lillard has averaged 35 PPG against the Thunder. The intensity is up and Lillard does not shy away from the moment.