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- Padres promote Pat Murphy for remainder of the season
- Clippers acquire Lance Stephenson for Matt Barnes, Spencer Hawes
- Bud Black fired by Padres after nine seasons
- 3 takeaways from Seattle Seahawks OTAs
- Stephen Curry goes cold as Warriors fall to Cavs in OT, 95-93
- San Diego State, USD agree to basketball game at Petco Park, add four years to contract
- LeBron James’ 44 not enough as Warriors top Cavs in OT, 108-100
- Padres top Mets, 7-2, as Yonder Alonso returns in style
Portland Trail Blazers’ next road block looms in NBA playoffs
- Updated: April 9, 2014
Portland Trail Blazers are in the playoffs.
They’re second in their division at 50-28 and look better than they did in mid-March.
The Trail Blazers need both Aldridge and Lillard to play well. So far in April, Aldridge is averaging 24.7 points and 13.3 rebounds at 49.2 percent from the field. Lillard is bouncing back from an awful March that saw his field goal percentage dip to into the 39s. With both players playing like their All-Star selves, the Trail Blazers should enter the playoffs with positive momentum.
The only issue is who they’re going to draw as opponents.
It’s either the Golden State Warriors (Warriors lead the season series, 2-1) or the Houston Rockets (Rockets lead the series 3-0).
Both teams play the Trail Blazers well and play the Trail Blazers’ style. If it’s offense v. offense, the Trail Blazers stand a chance, but both potential opponents do what the Trail Blazers cannot: play defense.
While the resurgence in April was nice, and Portland can breathe again, the playoffs are coming. It’s a real thing. Unfortunately for one of the league’s feel-good stories, Portland may just find itself in a serious road block scenario.
The worst draw would be the Houston Rockets. This is one of the scariest teams on paper. A ridiculous starting lineup that definitely rivals the Trail Blazers, too many playmakers in Chandler Parsons, James Harden, and Pat Beverly, and some guy named Dwight Howard. They’re 3-0 for a reason over the Trail Blazers. They just match up supremely well.
The troubles may have just started for this group from Portland. Fans of the team, as well as the NBA, should be on watch if the Trail Blazers make it past Round 1, but the season statistics do not hold in their favor.
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