Apr 13

And Now We Know It's Dallas

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, Lakers, LaMarcusAldridge, Mavericks
LaMarcus Aldridge's hard work wasn't rewarded this season with an invitation to the All-Star game, but I'm guessing that if had a choice, he'd take a playoff series in his hometown over a few February days in LA.

And that's exactly what is going to happen. The end result of the Mavericks securing the third seed by beating the Hornets and the Lakers locking up the second seed by beating the Kings is that now the Trail Blazers will head to Dallas to take on the Mavericks in the first round. Game 1 will either be on Saturday or Sunday. We'll know which day we'll play sometime later tonight.

UPDATE: Here is the schedule for the first round. All times are Pacific.

Game 1 - Sat  April 16  Portland at Dallas       6:30PM  ESPN
Game 2 - Tue  April 19  Portland at Dallas      6:30PM  TNT
Game 3 - Thu  April 21  Dallas at Portland      7:30PM  TNT
Game 4 - Sat  April 23  Dallas at Portland       2:00PM  TNT
Game 5 * Mon  April 25  Portland at Dallas      TBD     TBD    
Game 6 * Thu  April 28  Dallas at Portland       TBD     TBD    
Game 7 * Sat  April 30  Portland at Dallas        TBD      TBD

For once, we end up with the matchup that most seem to think gives the Trail Blazers the best chance to advance to the second round for the first time 2000. I don't know about all of that; I just know I'm glad we're not playing the two-time defending champs or spending the next week in Oklahoma.

The Trail Blazers and Mavericks have met three times in the playoffs, with all of those series occurring in the first round. Portland won two of those three series and they own a 9-5 record all-time against the Mavericks in the playoffs, but there's not a lot you can take away from any of that. The Mavs eliminated the Blazers in their last playoff meeting in 2003, but again, that might as well be ancient history.

The season series this year ended tied at 2-2, with the Mavericks winning the first two games back in December and January. The Trail Blazers won the last two contests and one could make a strong argument that those last two contests were far more important, as those games occurred after Gerald Wallace was acquired from Charlotte.

The Trail Blazers will return home from Oakland, probably get in one or two practices, then head to Dallas for Game 1 on either Saturday or Sunday. If you've got thoughts on the matchup, lets hear 'em.


  1. It is what everybody thought we should have.

    by Hg on 4/13/2011 10:06 PM
  2. Without looking at any numbers to back this statement up, I FEEL like in the last two matchups we've contained Dirk. That's a HUGE part of winning ball games against the Mavs. If we can contain him and keep Jason Terry from going bananas from downtown we're golden. UPRISE!!

    by sarahhecht on 4/13/2011 10:17 PM
  3. I think we go with our big line-up of Camby, LMA, G-Man, Wesley, and Dre.

    Casey or Sarah, could you post the line-up likely for Dallas?

    by Hg on 4/13/2011 10:33 PM
  4. Here we go! Get your stress med prescriptions filled cause its playoff time.

    by Lapinnoir on 4/13/2011 11:01 PM
  5. Blazers in 6. After splitting the first two games in Dallas, the Blazers will hold serve at the Rose Garden as a frantic Mark Cuban leaves in a haste with his team down 1-3 after the first four games. Game 5 is the biggest loss of the series for the Blazers, but they rebound quickly and win by 7 points in game six as the Rose Garden erupts, ending the series with a Beat LA Beat LA chant.

    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 4/14/2011 8:34 AM
  6. Aside from getting the only Saturday WC game, this is a good matchup

    by caseyholdahl on 4/14/2011 8:52 AM
  7. BlockParty aka Teamship: You got one part wrong, we will be chanting beat NOH, beat NOH chant

    by Hg on 4/14/2011 9:10 AM
  8. Blazers in 5, you heard it here first!

    by DHawes22 on 4/14/2011 2:44 PM
  9. Agree with BlockParty's picture, right down to the Chant. Although I will be hoping that in that last game at the RG, LA set's a new career high in points, causing the RG crowd to erupt in chants of LA-MAR-CUS AL-DRIDGE clap clap clapclapclap!

    by SisillaRiann on 4/15/2011 7:48 AM
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