The Great Playoff Chase
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/19/2011 12:25 PM

    Saturday March 19th, 2011 Games To Watch-

    Denver @ Miami
    Root For: The Heat
    A Denver loss combined with a Portland win would have the two teams tied once again in the loss column for the 5th spot out West, a surefire lock to face the Thunder or Mavericks and would postpone a date with the Lakers until the WCF.

    New Orleans vs. Boston
    Root For: The Celtics
    The C's did us no favors last night while getting waxed by the Rockets (Did anyone see that coming?). With N.O. only 1 back in the loss column, it's imperative we get help from teams facing those pesky Bugs.
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 03/19/2011 9:41 PM

    Great night for the NBA.  Aldridge and Roy weren't "quiet", but weren't needed.  Loving Gerald Wallace.  He brings the energy, and our young guys are feeding off it.  Wesley and Batum had a great game on both sides of the court.   I think we got around 60+ points from our three small forwards.

    Also nice to see Memphis win.  I don't see them passing the Blazers, but I'd much rather see them in the playoffs than Utah, Phoenix, or Houston.  Memphis really deserves it.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/20/2011 12:26 AM

    We got a LOT of help tonight. Miami knocked off the Nuggets, putting us in a tie for 5th in the loss column and Boston found a way to come from behind in New Orleans to beat the Hornets. Now we have a two-game cushion in the loss column  against N.O. But, we must make sure we defeat them later on this month, otherwise they get the tiebreaker over us.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/20/2011 12:33 AM

    Sunday March 20th, 2011 Games To Watch-

    Phoenix @ Los Angeles Clippers
    Root For: The Clippers
    Phoenix is 4 back in the loss column, so it might take just one or two more losses from them for us to safely put them in the back of our minds in terms of a playoff threat. The Clips just got Eric Gordon back and could be a dangerous team to deal with down the stretch as they look to build for 2012.

    Utah @ Houston
    Root For: The Rockets
    Houston has 34 losses, Utah has 33. I thought Utah was left for dead, but maybe not yet. I don't fear Houston, regardless of their win over Boston, so if they can take care of Utah and put them at 34 losses as well, that would be swell.

    Oklahoma City vs. Toronto
    Root For: The Raptors
    Why? Just because we don't need the Thunder to gain any more confidence than they already have. I'm not going to lie though, this one would be a miracle if Toronto won.

    Dallas vs. Golden State
    Root For: The Warriors
    A rematch of Wednesday night's thrilling game in the Bay Area where Golden State blew a 19 point lead. I don't see it happening in Big D, but I'd love it if the Mavs continued to slide down the standings, finishing in 3rd or 4th.
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 03/20/2011 1:18 AM

    Meh, Denver and NOH aren't playing.  Not worried about the rest of the league, let's just beat the freaking Lakers.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/21/2011 11:17 AM

    Monday March 21th, 2011 Games To Watch -

    Utah @ Memphis
    Root For: The Jazz
    We are only 2 up on Memphis but are 4 up on Utah. Widen the gap between us and 8th tonight Utah!

    Denver vs. Toronto
    Root For: The Raptors
    You don't think Toronto could pull of the upset again tonight do you? Naaaa

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  1. Blazers712
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    Posted 03/21/2011 11:59 AM

    if they do that would be great tho
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/21/2011 2:26 PM

    Still can't believe OKC lost to Toronto at home...there goes any shot they have at catching Dallas for 3rd.
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 03/21/2011 8:18 PM

    They had a shot?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/22/2011 11:09 AM

    Wednesday March 22th, 2011 Games To Watch-

    Phoenix @ Los Angeles Lakers
    Root For: Not The Suns
    I can't root for L.A., but I can root for Phoenix not to win. Not only would a Laker win push Phoenix 4 back (basically 5 with POR owning the tiebreaker), but it would further cement LA into the 7th seed, leaving Dallas #3 for a great 3-6 matchup.

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  1. blazersforlife234
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    Posted 03/22/2011 11:52 AM

    2nd seed? haha. true that. Lakers are rolling lately, and should't have a problem in this one. I am still thinking we have an outside shot to get up to the fifth seed
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/22/2011 1:37 PM

    We could get the 5th seed, but our schedule is just relentless after this Wizards game.
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  1. ***Jason***
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    Posted 03/22/2011 2:06 PM

    To me, the seed that matches us up with Dallas may be the best seed for us. I think 1-5 will stay the same meaning if we can hang on to 6th we'll have the Mavs. I'm more concerned with getting caught by NO or Memph and being matched up with the Lakers or SA... and like DHawes said, our schedule gets brutal. I think SA could be interesting, and I KNOW la would be entertaining. Either way it's going to be fun. Never know...
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/23/2011 10:49 AM

    Wednesday March 23rd, 2011 Games To Watch -

    Memphis @ Boston
    Root For: The Celtics
    A Boston win would give us a 3-game cushion over the Grizz for the 8th and final playoff spot out West. And we'll need all the cushion possible given our upcoming gauntlet of a schedule.

    Utah @ OKlahoma City
    Root For: Either
    This is your classic win-win scenario. An OKC win, and Utah is pushed an insane 6 games behind us in the loss column with around 10 to play, making it very unlikely they surpass us. While an OKC loss just continues to put a damper on a great season for them. I really don't want them hot heading into the playoffs.

    Houston vs. Golden State
    Root For: The Warriors
    Although we hold the tiebreaker over the Rockets, essentially giving up a 5 game lead, they are still playing great ball and our schedule will show no mercy. Let's just give ourselves as much leeway as possible in case we do stumble a bit down the stretch. Go Warriors!

    Phoenix vs. Toronto
    Root For: The Raptors
    Phoenix could be awfully tired, playing on a back-to-back, after participating in a triple overtime affair the previous night. Again, our lead on Phoenix is pretty insurmountable right now, but better to be safe than sorry.

    Denver vs. San Antonio
    Root For: The Spurs
    A Spurs win, puts us back into a tie for 5th. Finally, a team must play the Nuggets NOT on the 2nd half of a back-to-back. Although Duncan won't be playing, the Spurs play great D and are still loaded. San Antonio definitely doesn't want to falter heading into the postseason.
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  1. BrainLL1
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    Posted 03/23/2011 4:19 PM

    You probably already know this, but the Lakers beat the Suns in triple OT last night.
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 03/23/2011 4:59 PM

    This may be a rather unpopular take, but, IMO the Blazers match up best with the Spurs.  These two teams are eerily similar, San Antonio having the benefit of health and a record that reflects that.  I believe their team is better suited for the regular season as they have a depth issue in the frontcourt...just like Portland.  The lack of size on both sides makes this match-up very intriguing.  Every other team in the playoff picture out west, OKC included now with Perkins, has a much more physical presence up front than does Portland.  We all know that the postseason is about physicality.  If the Blazers should slip a bit with their schedule being what it is, there are worse things than the eighth seed...like SEVENTH.  This upcoming home and home with the Spurs will be very telling.
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  1. Blazers712
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    Posted 03/24/2011 9:32 AM

    wow i cant believe the spurs got beat by the nuggets
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/24/2011 11:16 AM

    Thursday March24th, 2011 Games To Watch -

    Dallas vs. Minnesota
    Root For: The Timberwolves
    This one is not very likely, but it would be nice to see Dallas further cement themselves into the #3 seed out West.

    New Orleans @ Utah
    Root For: The Jazz
    It would be nice if the Jazz could help us out a bit. N.O. is right on our behind for #6 and we still don't own the tie-breaker over them, so the more help we can get the merrier.

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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/24/2011 11:22 AM

    Posted By BDawg on 03/23/2011 4:59 PM
    This may be a rather unpopular take, but, IMO the Blazers match up best with the Spurs.  These two teams are eerily similar, San Antonio having the benefit of health and a record that reflects that.  I believe their team is better suited for the regular season as they have a depth issue in the frontcourt...just like Portland.  The lack of size on both sides makes this match-up very intriguing.  Every other team in the playoff picture out west, OKC included now with Perkins, has a much more physical presence up front than does Portland.  We all know that the postseason is about physicality.  If the Blazers should slip a bit with their schedule being what it is, there are worse things than the eighth seed...like SEVENTH.  This upcoming home and home with the Spurs will be very telling.
    But that would mean we would finish 8th in the West. To me, that is demoralizing. Here we are fighting for 5th, and end up 8th? That would mean we really struggled against good competition down the stretch, which isn't a good sign heading into the playoffs. I'm not disagreeing with you in the sense that we match up well with the Spurs, but it's the whole mental psyche of falling that far down the standings heading into the postseason which doesn't sit well with me.
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 03/24/2011 1:57 PM

    We got absolutely no help last night...
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 03/24/2011 7:59 PM

    Well, Minnesota played well.  They're so much better defensively without Kevin Love.  But a few bad calls and being a horrible 4th quarter team caught up with them.  At least they made Dallas look silly, and that should give the Blazers a bit of confidence if they watched the game.

    Close one between Utah and New Orleans.
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 03/24/2011 8:38 PM

    Well looks like NOH will be winning.  I blame Paul Millsap.  He should have purposely missed the FT with 1.3 seconds left.  That's just lack of BBIQ.  The "bitter sweet" news is that David West is most likely done for the season.
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 03/25/2011 6:38 AM

    Posted By DHawes22 on 03/24/2011 11:22 AM
    Posted By BDawg on 03/23/2011 4:59 PM
    This may be a rather unpopular take, but, IMO the Blazers match up best with the Spurs.  These two teams are eerily similar, San Antonio having the benefit of health and a record that reflects that.  I believe their team is better suited for the regular season as they have a depth issue in the frontcourt...just like Portland.  The lack of size on both sides makes this match-up very intriguing.  Every other team in the playoff picture out west, OKC included now with Perkins, has a much more physical presence up front than does Portland.  We all know that the postseason is about physicality.  If the Blazers should slip a bit with their schedule being what it is, there are worse things than the eighth seed...like SEVENTH.  This upcoming home and home with the Spurs will be very telling.
    But that would mean we would finish 8th in the West. To me, that is demoralizing. Here we are fighting for 5th, and end up 8th? That would mean we really struggled against good competition down the stretch, which isn't a good sign heading into the playoffs. I'm not disagreeing with you in the sense that we match up well with the Spurs, but it's the whole mental psyche of falling that far down the standings heading into the postseason which doesn't sit well with me.
    I hear ya D.  I'm not so much saying that our Blazers are going to fall on their face as much as I am inferring the possibility that because of their schedule, they may be caught by Memphis playing good  ball with a lesser schedule.  At the time of this post, the Griz are but one win and two losses back.  They have the Slippers twice, a West-less Hornet team twice, GS, and the whipping post Timberwolves.  The loss of West could play (and likely will) a very significant role in the seeding coming down the stretch.  Like the Babe, I'm calling my shot right now...The head-to-head with Memphis April 12 will be HUGE, and likely determine whether Portland will have to face the Lakers in the first round.  IMO, the Hornets are now on the outside looking in, in terms of anything over the 8th seed should West be lost for an extended amount of time.  X-rays on West's knee were negative and an MRI is scheduled today, Friday March 25
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/25/2011 10:01 AM

    Wednesday March 25th, 2011 Games To Watch -

    Memphis @ Chicago
    Root For: The Bulls
    We are still only 2 games ahead of those pesky Grizzlies. They somehow won in Boston and they could win in Chicago too. Even without Gay, they are playing great ball right now.

    Oklahoma City vs. Minnesota
    Root For: The Timberwolves
    Let's have the Thunder slumping heading into our matchup with them on Sunday.

    Denver vs. Washington
    Root For: The Wizards
    Washington has won 1 road game all year. Somehow, I'm just not seeing them making it 2 tonight.

    New Orleans @ Phoenix
    Root For: The Suns
    Finally a win-win game for the Blazers. But, I'd much rather get some separation from the Hornets who are only 1 back in the loss column.

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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/25/2011 11:31 PM

    Well, we got a little help tonight with Chicago knocking off Memphis, pushing them 3 back of us with 10 to play. The biggie of the night was Phoenix blowing a decent lead to the David West-less Hornets in their own gym. The Bugs are still 1 game behind us. Hopefully they falter some down the stretch without West.

    With that said, here are the games to watch out for during March 25th, 2011-

    Dallas @ Utah
    Root For: The Jazz
    We need Dallas to continue to lose so they stay entrenched in that 3 seed. I am skeptical about Utah at this moment in time, but playing in Utah is never an easy task.

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  1. cransford24
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    Posted 03/26/2011 12:11 PM

    I like where we are at right now.  dallas has only won 5 of their last 10 and wouldnt have even done that well if they hadnt had some really easy games.  They are slumping right now and we match up reasonably well with them so I like our chances against Dallas.  Now we just need to keep the 6th place spot and dallas needs to lose a couple more so that they stay in 3rd and we're good.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/27/2011 1:01 PM

    Sunday March 27th, 2011 Games To Watch -

    Houston @ Miami
    Root For: The Heat
    A Houston loss would put our Magic Number down to 6, and essentially 6 games behind us with under 10 to go.

    Memphis vs. San Antonio
    Root For: The Spurs
    A Spurs win would give us a 4 game lead over the Grizz if we win tonight, but if we lose and Memphis wins, the lead shrinks to 2.

    New Orleans @ Los Angeles Lakers
    Root For: Not The Hornets
    I hate to have to count on the purple and gold for help, but if they could knock off the Hornets, we could finally get more than 1 game of separation from N.O.

    Dallas @ Phoenix
    Root For: The Suns
    Dallas is only 1 game behind LA, and we want Dallas to stay in that 3rd seed. On the flip side, a Phoenix loss doesn't help our Magic Number any since they are in 10th. We are already 5 games ahead of them and own the tiebreaker with 10 to go.
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 03/27/2011 4:05 PM

    Who cares about the rest of the league, I'll just be happy if we beat OKC!!!
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/28/2011 11:02 AM

    Well, the loss in OKC didn't do any damage in regards to our seeding, so that's a plus. Thankfully, New Orleans lost so we still have the same 1 game lead for the 6th spot. The only downside is that we probably will have a tough time catching Denver for the 5th spot, but I'd rather play Dallas than OKC anyhow.

    Monday March 28th, 2011 Games To Watch (Games updated throughout comments)-

    Utah vs. Washington
    Root For: The Jazz
    Utah is already 7 games behind us, so they aren't a threat, but I don't want them to be bad enough to get a high lottery pick.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/29/2011 10:12 AM

    Tuesday March 29th, 2011 Games To Watch-

    Houston @ New Jersey
    Root For: The Nets
    A Houston loss would push our Magic Number down to 4. Also, Utah gets New Jerseys 1st round pick, so lets hope the Nets can win a few down the stretch to make that pick late lottery.

    Oklahoma City vs. Golden State
    Root For: The Warriors
    Again, I don't want OKC to be gelling heading into the playoffs in case we have to face them.

    Phoenix @ Sacramento
    Root For: The Kings
    A Suns loss would give them 37 losses, 6 more than us, and we own the tiebreaker over them. With only 8 games left, an a loss here all but assures of that Phoenix can't catch us.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/30/2011 9:49 AM

    Wednesday March 30th, 2011 Games To Watch-

    Houston @ Philadelphia
    Root For: The 76ers
    A loss by Philly and a win by us tonight shrinks our Magic Number down to 3.

    Memphis vs. Golden State
    Root For: The Warriors
    Even without Rudy Gay, Memphis still continues to win games and is yet again, a mere two games behind us. They have a fairly easy test tonight while we are on the road.

    Denver vs. Sacramento
    Root For: The Kings
    While most still want the 6th seed, the 5 seed is still in play and still more desirable than the 7th. We are still two games back and don't have the tiebreaker over the Nuggets so it will take a few hiccups by them for us to catch them.

    Oklahoma City @ Phoenix
    Root For: The Suns
    Why? Phoenix is already 6 back of us and doesn't have the tiebreaker. They are no longer a threat. I'd like to see OKC lose as many games as possible before heading into the playoffs in case we face them. They are one team in which momentum will play a large role.

    Dallas @ Los Angeles Clippers
    Root For: The Clippers
    If we want the 3-6 matchup with us and Dallas to come to fruition, then we have got to hope that Dallas stays pat at #3. To ensure that, a few losses here and there must occur.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/31/2011 10:27 AM

    Last night was probably the most important night since the Great Playoff Chase started and a loss hurts a lot right about now. Not only did we slide into a tie with the Hornets for 6th, they now win the tiebreaker 3 games to 1, making it that we must finish 1 game ahead of them to pass them in the playoffs. Not only did that occur, but we fell within 1 game of the Grizzlies for the 8th spot, which might not be a bad idea if you want those Spurs.

    Thursday March 31st, 2011 Games To Watch-

    San Antonio vs. Boston
    Root For: No Clue
    Right now, it's going to be a two week cluster of highs and lows. If we stay in 7th, we'd want to face SA, not LA, which would mean we would want Boston to win so the Lakers can close the gap and finish first. But, we could slide down to 8th just as easily, so we'd want the Spurs to be there as well. Tough call.

    Dallas @ Los Angeles Lakers
    Root For: Again, No Clue
    We could fight back and gain 6th, meaning a LA win would do wonders or we could stay in 7th and hope Dallas wins tonight and overtakes the Lakers. This really gets crazy right about now.
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  1. BrainLL1
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    Posted 03/31/2011 11:07 PM

    Do you really think that the Blazers can beat the Lakers in the Playoffs?  They might get lucky and win 1 game, but after that the Lakers would own the Blazers, and the Blazers wouldn't make it out of the first round again.  The fact that New Orleans beat Portland last night and the Lakers won tonight means that they could be meeting if the Blazers position in the playoffs doesn't improve over the next several games.  Personally, I would rather have the Blazers play against a team that they've been at least partially successful against.
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  1. BlazeTheTrail
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    Posted 04/01/2011 10:18 AM

    I agree with you Brian - we just can't seem to beat LA this year, no matter how well we play. I don't want to face Kobe in the playoffs. We also haven't fared very well against OKC. I'd much rather take my chances with SA or DAL.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/01/2011 10:55 AM

    The Spurs hold now only a 2 game lead in the loss column over the Lakers for #1 and Dallas is now 2 games back of the Lakers for #2 after last night's results.

    Friday April 1st, 2011 Games To Watch (Games updated throughout comments)-

    Memphis @ New Orleans
    Root For: Toss Up
    If we win our game, then a Memphis win pushes us back into 6th or a New Orleans win gives us a 2 game cushion over the Grizz for 8th. If we lose our game, then a Memphis win gives us all the exact same record or a New Orleans win gives them essentially 2 games over us and we still would only be just 1 game in front of Memphis. Confused? Me too.

    San Antonio @ Houston
    Root For: Toss Up
    If we win and Houston loses, our Magic Number drops to 1 or if only one occurs then the Magic Number drops to 2. Do we want SA dropping to #2? I guess it all depends if we win tonight.

    Phoenix vs. Los Angeles Clippers
    Root For: The Clippers
    A Suns loss or a Blazers win eliminates Phoenix from catching us in the playoffs.

    Denver @ Sacramento
    Root For: The Kings
    There's not much hope catching the Nuggets, down 2 games and not owning the divisional tiebreaker, but hey, stranger things have happened.

    Los Angeles Lakers @ Utah
    Root For: Toss Up
    A Blazers win OR a Jazz loss eliminates Utah from catching us in the playoffs. If you are a fan of LA catching the Spurs for #1, then hope Utah loses.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/02/2011 11:52 AM

    Back in 6th place, how sweet it is! The Spurs lost to the Rockets which can be viewed positively, since LA i now only 1 back in the loss column, meaning a 7th place finish could set us up with the struggling Spurs, a team we've owned since the Fall of 2008.

    Saturday April 2nd, 2011 Games To Watch-

    Memphis vs. Minnesota
    Root For: The Timberwolves
    Let's hope & pray the Wolves pull out a Memphis Miracle. I'm still a little unsure about Memphis. I don't like how well they are playing without Rudy Gay. Also, with the Lakers charging hard for 1st, 8th place is a death trap. Go Wolves!

    Dallas @ Golden State
    Root For: The Warriors
    If the Warriors don't win, just hope this baby goes into double overtime. A late 7:30 start helps the Trail Blazers, as the Mavs come strolling into town tomorrow. Just a couple of weeks ago, Golden State held a 19 point 3rd quarter lead, only to blow it down the stretch. We still want Dallas in 3rd, so go Warriors!

    Oklahoma City @ Los Angeles Clippers
    Root For: The Clippers
    Hopefully our victory over OKC last night threw them off of their rhythm and they can spiral down a little bit towards the end of the season. I also don't want OKC catching Dallas for 3rd (3 games back).
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 04/03/2011 11:03 AM

    Nice Warriors and Thunder.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/03/2011 11:52 AM

    Sunday April 3rd, 2011 Games To Watch-

    Denver @ Los Angeles Lakers
    Root For: Not The Nuggets
    It's a long shot to catch Denver, but they have a few toughies in a row and if they lose tonight and we win, it's back to a 2 game deficit. Also, if LA catches SA for #1, then we could avoid LA until the Conference Finals.

    New Orleans vs. Indiana
    Root For: The Pacers
    We only have a 1 game lead over the Bugs so let's hope the Pacers can pull off an upset there tonight.

    Houston vs. Atlanta
    Root For: The Hawks
    A Blazers win and a Houston loss clinches a playoff birth for Rip City.

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  1. Herr
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    Posted 04/03/2011 3:25 PM

    I wanted Nuggets to win.  I'm confident that we could beat OKC, but I don't want the chance of seeing Denver in the WCF.  They could fight LAL pretty good.  I'd rather go against LAL than Denver in the WCF if we were to reach it.  Spurs have a better chance of beating them than LA does.  Also, the Mavs are playing a whole lot worse than OKC, so I would rather take them.  Just got to play the defense we played against OKC and we could sweep that series.  Dallas is a jumpshot team.  Jumpshot teams win a few games, but don't win championships, especially if you're playing playoff defense.

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  1. Anees
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    Posted 04/03/2011 3:33 PM

    Sorry, Dustin, I am glad the Lakers lost today. I just posted a "yay!" on Sarah's blog, lol! Maybe it's illogical given the info you gave us above, but just can't root for the Lakers at this stage. I guess I just hope we hang on to the #6 seed, as long as its not the Lakers, which doesn't seem likely now. 
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/04/2011 10:32 AM

    There are no games currently scheduled for tonight due to the Championship Game of the NCAA Tournament.

    Yesterday we helped ourselves, and that was it. Denver beat LA, which is always nice to see, but it doesn't really help us from a playoff perspective. Now LA is 2 back of the Spurs, meaning 7th is still the worst possible position and if we stay in 6th, get out of the first round, a date with the Lakers would loom in the 2nd round instead of the conference finals. Also, Houston squeaked one out against the Hawks, making sure we didn't officially clinch until either they lose once more or we win. We can clinch Tuesday vs. the Warriors. Finally, NO beat the Pacers at home. No big surprise, but still not good.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/05/2011 10:13 AM

    Tuesday April 5th, 2011 Games To Watch -

    San Antonio @ Atlanta
    Root For: The Hawks
    I'm still holding out hope that the Spurs could drop down to 2nd, making it more likely we'll face them in either the 1st or 2nd Round. It will be tough for ATL tonight though, as Josh Smith will likely not play.

    Memphis vs. Los Angeles Clippers
    Root For: The Clippers
    I guess if we win and Memphis wins, we can clinch a spot in the playoffs tonight, but I'm not down with that. We need some separation between us and the Grizz and I'm pretty sure we can win more than 1 time the rest of the season.

    Houston vs. Sacramento
    Root For: The Kings
    Bottom line, a Houston loss and we are in.

    Denver vs. Oklahoma City
    Root For: The Nuggets
    I don't think we can catch Denver and really do we? I just want those Thunder to struggle heading into the playoffs.
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  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 04/06/2011 11:01 AM

    Wednesday April 6th, 2011 Games To Watch (Games updated throughout comments)-

    New Orleans vs. Houston
    Root For: The Rockets
    A New Orleans win and we get pushed back into 7th. A Houston win and it's as if last night against Golden State never happened!

    Dallas vs. Denver
    Root For: The Nuggets
    I just don't see Dallas catching LA for #2, so let's just hope Dallas ends in 3rd and we can be there in 6th to face them in the playoffs.

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  1. Mark
    Mark
    Posts: 77

    Posted 04/07/2011 3:39 AM

    Hm, looking more and more like we're going to get either the Lakers or Spurs in the first round. Would it be so bad to lose out the rest of the season? Haha, I kid I kid, but seriously... Thunder are only ONE game behind Dallas for the 3rd spot... so many scenarios could happen in these last few games. I, as a fan, am excited to see how this thing plays out.
    I am a fan of having a completely healthy team for once.
  1. mbmurr1
    mbmurr1
    Posts: 530

    Posted 04/07/2011 8:24 AM

    I agree we need to win out and control our own destiny not to mention the power of a winning streak. ROLL ON BLAZERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  1. Anees
    Anees
    Posts: 149

    Posted 04/07/2011 11:07 AM

    Nice piece on NBA.com about our Blazers and us reaching the playoffs despite the rough times:

    Despite rash of injuries, Blazers returning to playoffs


    Posted Apr 6 2011 7:35PM

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The perpetually promising Portland Trail Blazers are back in the NBA playoffs despite another season of untimely injuries.



    Portland claimed its playoff berth on Tuesday night with a whimper: Houston's loss to Sacramento clinched a spot for the Blazers, who were then routed 108-87 by the Golden State Warriors.

    It is Portland's 29th postseason in the franchise's 41-year history, and the team's third straight overall.

    The Blazers currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference, but the standings are still tight with four games to go. Portland, New Orleans and Memphis are all still jockeying for seeding among the final playoff spots.

    Last season the Blazers won 50 games and finished sixth in the conference, despite being beset by injuries. In all, Portland players missed a combined 311 regular-season games because of injury, second only to the Golden State Warriors and most among playoff teams.

    Only two players, guard Andre Miller and forward Martell Webster, were healthy for all 82 games and the team used 16 different starting lineups.

    Portland lost All-Star Brandon Roy just two days before the opening game of the playoff series last year against Phoenix because of a torn meniscus in his knee that required surgery.

    Although Roy would make a remarkable comeback, Portland was still eliminated by the Suns in the first round. Phoenix players paid tribute to the resilient Blazers by staying on the court to applaud them after the deciding game.

    The Blazers got off to a rough start again this year. Centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla were still sitting out with injuries from the season before. And forward Rudy Fernandez was homesick for Spain.

    Przybilla would eventually return to the lineup, and Fernandez settled down after forming a friendship with teammate Patty Mills, but in December the Blazers got word that Oden was done for another season. This time he needed microfracture surgery on his left knee.

    It also became increasingly clear that Roy's knees, which he has said are devoid of cartilage between the bones, were giving him trouble. Roy had arthroscopic surgery in January and to date has missed 34 games.

    Portland again leads the league in games missed because of injury with 225, according to data compiled by STATS LLC, well in front of the Milwaukee Bucks with 211 games missed.

    Through it all, Portland managed to stay competitive - so much so that the team and coach Nate McMillan were being praised for how much they've accomplished in the face of hard luck.

    Much of the credit goes to LaMarcus Aldridge, who is having a breakout season in Roy's absence. He has averaged 21.9 points and 8.7 rebounds this season, with 33 double-doubles. He's scored more than 20 points 35 times this season, and more than 30 points 10 times.

    Aldridge has been helped by a supporting case that includes steady veteran Miller and shooter Wesley Matthews, who joined the Blazers this season after playing as a rookie for the Utah Jazz.

    Portland also improved with the addition of forward Gerald Wallace, acquired in a trade with Charlotte just minutes before the deadline. Known as Crash, Wallace is averaging 15.1 points and 7.5 rebounds in 20 games with the Blazers.

    Portland's most recent starting lineup, with Aldridge, Matthews, Wallace, Miller and center Marcus Camby, is its 10th this season.

    While the Blazers have certainly mastered the idea that they can still win in the face of injury, they haven't been able to get past the first round in the past two seasons.

    McMillan was asked what was key for his players in that regard.

    "The mental challenge," he answered.

    "Coming with that sense of urgency but being able to be in a calm state of mind and understand where you are and being able to get to that next level of play," he explained. "With this challenge of coming down the stretch and getting into the playoffs, we have to raise our level of play."

    In the meantime, Portland will have to deal with yet one more injury. Camby banged his head on the floor in a collision with David Lee during the loss to the Warriors on Tuesday night.

    The team reports he has a neck strain and won't be in the lineup for Thursday night's game against the Utah Jazz.

    The Blazers return home Friday to host the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, before closing out the season with a games against Memphis and at Golden State.



    I am a fan of Lillard, Batum, Lopez, LA and T Rob taking it to other teams!
  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 04/07/2011 11:35 AM

    Good find Anees. No games of interest today outside of ours. A win and we are back in 6th, but 6th might not be so pleasant if the Mavs keep dropping games. The Thunder are only 1 game back of 3rd and would own the tiebreaker over Dallas by the fact they are division winners and Dallas is not. I'm cool with falling down to 8th and taking on the Spurs. Who's with me?
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  1. BrainLL1
    BrainLL1
    Posts: 44

    Posted 04/07/2011 12:16 PM

    It would be good if we didn't have to face the Lakers in the first round because that would mean that the Blazers would have another First Round exit again.  San Antonio wouldn't be a bad opponent to face in a 7 Round series and we've beaten them twice already during the regular season.  Could we do it again and make it to the Second Round of the Playoffs?  Maybe, maybe not.  This late in the season it seems to me that Dallas would be an easier opponent in the Playoffs, or Denver.  LAL and OKC are two teams that we haven't had the best luck against this season.  But I could just be blowing smoke in the air.  What do you think?
    I am a fan of the team with the brightest future, and wins more games than they lose.
  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 04/08/2011 12:11 AM

    Friday April 8th, 2011 Games To Watch (Games updated throughout comments)-

    New Orleans vs. Phoenix
    Root For: The Suns
    We will need someone to beat the Hornets the rest of the way if we want to stay in 6th. Why not the Suns?

    Denver @ Oklahoma City
    Root For: The Nuggets
    The Thunder are only 1 game back of the 3rd seed. There is a huge difference between facing OKC and Dallas in my opinion, so hopefully the Nuggets can get some payback from their recent defeat to OKC.

    Dallas vs. Los Angeles Clippers
    Root For: The Mavericks
    After all those games rooting against Dallas, now we need them to hang on for the 3rd seed. A 4-game skid has made the race for 3rd closer than it should be.
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  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 04/09/2011 1:20 PM

    Saturday April 9th, 2011 Games To Watch -

    No games of importance tonight. But there are still a ton of scenarios left out there on the table.

    #2 Seed Scenario-

    Lakers Record: 55-24
    Remaining Schedule: vs. Oklahoma City, vs. San Antonio, @ Sacramento

    Mavericks Record: 54-25
    Remaining Schedule: vs. Phoenix, @ Houston, vs. New Orleans

    Thunder Record: 53-26
    Remaining Schedule: @ L.A. Lakers, @ Sacramento, vs. Bucks

    The Lakers have a one game lead over Dallas and two game lead over the Thunder with three games remaining. They own the tiebreaker over Dallas by virtue of being a division winner and over Oklahoma City by taking two of the first three games of the season series.

    For Dallas to obtain the #2 seed, they would have to win out and have the Lakers lose twice, or go 2-1 and have the Lakers lose all three remaining games.

    For Oklahoma City to grab the #2 seed, they would have to win out and have the Lakers lose out & have the Mavericks lose at least one of their remaining games.

    Why does this matter to Portland?
    Although the Blazers can not go any higher than 6th out West, they can finish in one of three seeds (6,7, or 8). Right now we are gunning for 6th to secure a favorable matchup with the Mavericks. But if they get #2, most likely #3 will go to the Lakers, making it a 3-6 matchup between Portland and L.A.

    Also, the Thunder could catch Dallas for the #3 seed as they are only one game behind Dallas and would have the tiebreaker based upon being a division winner. Again, we could end up in 6th, but not see Dallas on the other side, rather it would be against the Thunder.

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