Trail Blazers v Suns: Round 1, Game 6 Preview
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/29/2010 2:52 PM

    For the first true time this season, the Portland Trail blazers face a must-win game. Win or go home is what the stakes are set at tonight for the team against the Suns who hold a 3-2 series lead after their impressive 107-88 win during Game 5. After 5 games, the teams know each very well and they keys to victory aren't changing anytime soon. Portland needs to ugly the game up, slow down tempo, contain Phoenix fast-break points, and win the second-chance points battle. On the other hand, Phoenix wants to get Portland into a jump-shooting contest, run and gun style, and let Nash and Amare run the pick and roll to death. Whichever team is able to force their style of play upon the other will win. I haven't seen any evidence the Trail Blazers can win playing free-flowing nor is their proof the Suns can get a W not scoring less than 95 points. There's really nothing more to say.

    I believe Portland will come out and play like a team with their backs against the wall, feeding off of the rabid Rose Garden crowd. The emergence of Roy into the starting lineup should being stability back, allowing Bayless to thrive by becoming the spark off the bench. In a series that has seen the losing team come back and win every game, outside of Game 3, it seems the previous winner comes out a little less urgent while the loser has made the proper adjustments. Also, do not count out the fact the Trail Blazers finally got more than one day of rest in between games, which has allowed Brandon to get a little more conditioned. Portland wins the second chance battle, slows the tempo down, and even gets a little hot behind the three-point arc themselves. Behind big nights from Miller and Aldridge, along with Bayless' continued consistency off the bench, the Trail Blazers will force a Game 7 for the first time since 2003.
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    Round 1, Game 6 Prediction: Portland 97 Phoenix 94
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 04/29/2010 3:31 PM

    I think Portland win tonight. Phoenix has the safety net of a Game 7 back in their heads while Portland is going to play like a dog backed into a corner and fight with everything they have. Portland 105 Suns 93
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  1. DowntownVinnie
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    Posted 04/29/2010 5:29 PM

    do or die,sink or swim,I love these Blazers.they have won games I never thought they would win.They have provided numerous victories under impossible matter what they do tonight ,I will be proud.. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo BLAZERSSSSSSSSSSS  UPRISE.
    I am a fan of The gutsy Blazers who continue to Fight no matter what happens!!!!!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 04/29/2010 5:37 PM

    Its hard to pick one thing we need to do to win, but we always get hammered when we fail to defensive rebound and give up cheap, 2nd chance points. The biggest turning point will be when either Camby or LaMarcus goes out for a break and Juwan or Dante steps in. Can they play like they did in Game 4 and rebound the ball or will they get beat to the loose ball as in Game 5? I think that could tell the story at the end of the night.
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