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Mar 25

Playoff Picture: March 25th

By sarahhecht
Back to work tonight.

The Trail Blazers take on the San Antonio Spurs in the final game at the Rose Garden before a three game road trip. This is the first game in a tough six-game stretch where we’ll see San Antonio, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Dallas. Whew, it’s going to be a ton of hard work.

Injury updates: Tim Duncan suffered an injury and didn’t travel with San Antonio. Marcus Camby is questionable but said yesterday at practice that he expects to play.

What needs to happen to get a victory over the Spurs tonight in the Rose Garden?

Last night's scores and effects:

The  Minnesota Timberwolves barely lost to the  Dallas Mavericks 96-104 in Dallas. The Timberwolves, who are without Kevin Love, almost pulled off a win in Dallas, but Dirk took control in the 4th quarter. This is something the Trail Blazers will have to watch out for if we match up with the Mavs in the first round. The Mavs remain in 3rd place in the West.

The  New Orleans Hornets beat the  Utah Jazz 121-117 in overtime in Utah. The Jazz put up a fight in this game. They know they’re falling out of the playoff race. They’re now four and a half games out of the 8th seed. The Hornets remain in 7th place in the West and sit half a game behind the Trail Blazers.



Tonight’s games with Western Conference potential playoff teams:

 Memphis Grizzlies (40-32) vs.  Chicago Bulls (51-19) Chicago sits in sole control of first place in the East and Memphis is in 8th in the West. Needless to say this game is more important for the Grizz. They sit two full games ahead of  Houston in 9th.

 Minnesota Timberwolves (17-55) vs.  Oklahoma City Thunder (46-24) Win or lose Oklahoma City will remain in 4th in the West. Minnesota has been eliminated from the playoffs.

 Washington Wizards (17-53) vs.  Denver Nuggets (43-29)
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4 Comments

  1. One error Miss Sarah:

    You put the Mavs stays in 4Th place and OKC stays in 4Th place. I just thought that I would point out that your brain goes faster then your typing LOL.

    OBTW: Calling you Miss Sarah is a pet saying of mine to people I enjoy. So it is meant as a compliment not a dig on your femininity or your marriage status.

    Back to the Blazers. as I said about 3 days ago, I am through rooting for teams to bail us out. they just refuse to help. So we are going to have to do it ourselves. Starting tonight against SAS. GO BLAZERS

    I think NOH losing West is going to change the race, maybe not initially but down the stretch. But, I hope the Blazers don't lean to heavy on it. It has made our task easier though.

    I am still more worried about the Blazers making the play-offs more then I am about who we play. In further pondering, I am not afraid of the Lakers as much as I was. In the last two game against them it was almost a push as anything under 10 Pt's is nothing in the NBA. The next time we play the Lakers will tell whether Portland learned to finish against them or will it be the same ole same ole. And don't forget Wallace and the team is getting more familiar with each other with every passing game. I am really getting excited.

    by Hg on 3/25/2011 9:24 AM
  2. @ HG, Thanks for the correction. Sometimes in the late evening my brain goes a little sideways.

    I never took the "Miss" as a dig at all, I figured it was a term on endearment.

    I too think that NOLA will look different without West, but I'm not counting them out yet. Look what we did without some of our players...

    by sarahhecht on 3/25/2011 9:30 AM
  3. I agree, as I said, I hope the Blazers don't lean to heavily on the injuries of other play-off teams. As you said, we are good examples. But, I bet they are thinking that maybe poetic justice is coming on.

    My thoughts on NOH is because West is so important and has been playing big minutes, that they may not have time to get another player into his role.

    Even at that, there is other teams coming up so we still have to play stellar BB

    by Hg on 3/25/2011 9:42 AM
  4. Great blog!

    by vansrnice1 on 3/25/2011 9:01 PM
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