Despite the team’s injuries and seemingly never-ending setbacks, LaMarcus Aldridge envisions a great season in Portland. From SRI (via ESPN Radio): “Where do you see the Portland Trail Blazers when this season is over in the Western Conference? ‘I definitely see us finishing in the top two [of the Western Conference]. I feel like if we can keep growing as a team, keep finding chemistry offensively as we do have new pieces. I think if we keep growing and we keep working hard, we have a chance to finish first. We feel like we can play with any team. We have the pieces and players to compete with anyone this year. We definitely are not trying to short hand ourselves and say we can’t finish first. I think a lot of the critics say we are definitely not going to finish first. We feel like if we go out together and play hard…we feel like we can then we have a chance to.’”