The forward production for the Portland Trail Blazers throughout the year has been hard to watch. The injury to Zach Collins was devastating and the play of Mario Hezonja and Anthony Tolliver have been something out of a nightmare. That’s why Carmelo Anthony has been such a crucial difference maker.
The Trail Blazers were desperately searching for answers with no solution in sight. A handful of different starting lineups and changes to rotation came with no resolution. The Blazers’ misery had reached a level I hadn’t seen in all my years watching Rip City play until they took a chance on the unknown.