Playoff Picture: March 25th
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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