Sometimes I wonder if the Blazers are wasting Lillard’s best years. I worry that he’s going to become the Barry Sanders of the NBA, a super star destined to play his whole career with the same team and never win a title. I know it’s early, and we have lots of injuries, but Bazemore, Tolliver and Hezonja have so far not been particularly impressive, and I’m not sure this team can beat Denver, the Clippers or the Lakers in a seven-game series, even with a healthy Nurkic, Collins and Gasol. It’s a shame really. Lillard is playing his heart out this year, but it still may not make a difference.