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Portland Trail Blazers release 'Never Doubt Rip City' commercial

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Amidst all the hype surrounding the Golden State Warriors this season as they chase the Chicago Bulls' regular season record, there have been a number of incredible stories that have somewhat flown under the radar. 

The San Antonio Spurs' incredible season has gone unnoticed by many with the Texas-based franchise just 2.5 games back from the Warriors as they go about setting their own franchise record. 

But no story has been more surprising or enjoyable than that of the Portland Trail Blazers. Having lost four of their starting five in the summer in the shape of LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez, the Western Conference franchise have defied expectation to challenge for a spot in the playoffs. 

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The Blazers are seventh in the West with a record of 33-31 and have surprised many with their intense style on the court. With just 18 games left in the regular season, the Rose City franchise are three games ahead of ninth-placed Utah Jazz.

Keen for people not to forget their incredible achievements of the season so far, the Blazers have a released a new commercial entitled 'Never Doubt Rip City', which stories their rise from expected bottom feeders to a tough prospect for any team in April. 

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You can see the clip - that was posted on their official Twitter account - below. 

Backcourt duo Damian Lillard and C. J. McCollum have been the shining lights during an impressive season for the Blazers so far. 

Following his All-Star snub, Lillard has been a man on a mission. Portland have won seven of their 10 games since the weekend in Toronto, and D-Lil produced a career-best night to hand the Warriors their fifth loss of the season. 

He dropped 51 points, had seven assists and produced six steals all without turning the ball over. Lillard also scored 50 against the Toronto Raptors at the weekend, but couldn't prevent the Canadian franchise taking the win. 

Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

For McCollum, it has been a breakthrough year and his is a serious contender for to be named Most Improved Player come the end of the season. 

The 24-year-old was averaging just 15.1 minutes per game on the hardwood last season but is now averaging 35 as he jumped into the starting five.

His production has increased dramatically with his points average jumping from 6.8 to 20.9 per game. He is also averaging 4.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds.

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While the Blazers have been led by their backcourt, the big men have also been impressing. Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee, in particular, have been impressing in Oregon. 

It has been a hugely impressive season so far for Portland and the odds of a playoff spot are heavily in their favour. The Blazers will be hoping to snap their three-game losing streak when they face the Wizards, but even if they fail to finish in the top eight, they can be proud of their achievements. 

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NBA
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division
Western Conference
Damian Lillard
CJ McCollum

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