Apr 04

Playoff Picture: April 4th

By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs
The Trail Blazers keep cranking out the solid performances.

Last night in the Rose Garden was no exception. Portland kicked the tar out of the Dallas Mavericks 104-96. The score certainly doesn’t show the total domination of this game, but trust me, that’s how it was.

Portland moved one step closer to clinching a playoff berth and lowered their magic number to one. ONE. I know I’ll breathe a little easier when we’ve secured a spot in the post season.

If you missed the game you can recap it with Mike Barrett in Blazers Blow Past Dallas.

There are zero games tonight around the league. Yes, you read that correctly, zero. So I’ll see you tomorrow for previews of the important Western Conference matchups. In the mean time, enjoy the NCAA National Championship game!

Last night's scores and effects:

The  Phoenix Suns were downed by the  San Antonio Spurs 97-114 in San Antonio. The Spurs ended their losing streak with a bang yesterday. Their stomping of the Suns and the New Orleans win caused Phoenix to be eliminated from the playoff race. San Antonio put another full game between them and Lakers in 2nd. They still lead the Western Conference and are ahead of Los Angeles by two and a half games.

The  Denver Nuggets toppled the  LA Lakers 95-90 in Los Angeles. The Nuggets snapped the Lakers nine-game winning streak. Denver clinched a playoff berth with the win and they remain the 5th seed in the West. The Lakers remain in 2nd but they fell to two and a half games behind San Antonio in 1st.

The  Atlanta Hawks lost to the  Houston Rockets 109-114 in Houston.  The Rockets are holding on. Even with their win they still stand in 9th in the Western Conference. They’re three full games behind Memphis in the 8th seed, so they have some work to do to make it to the post season.

The  Indiana Pacers fell to the  New Orleans Hornets 96-108 in New Orleans. The Hornets jumped back into 7th place in the West with their defeat of the Pacers. They’re tied with Memphis is winning percentage but take the lead with the conference record tie breaker.

The  Dallas Mavericks were stomped by the  Portland Trail Blazers 96-104 in Portland. The score in this one doesn’t paint the whole picture. The Trail Blazers dominated this game from start to finish. Portland keeps 6th place in the West and Dallas maintains 3rd.

Today’s games with Western Conference potential playoff teams:

Well this is easy... there aren’t any.

Here are the playoff match-ups as of today:

(Tables courtesy of


  1. I am with you Sarah - I will be able to breath a little easier when we are locked into the top 8 :) - with our win tomorrow night - we should be locked :) Blazers did an awesome job last night - great team work - ball handling - loved it!! It is... as always... a Great day to be a BLAZER!

    by Dio Freeman on 4/4/2011 8:32 AM
  2. No game tonight because of the NCAA finals. I am all for Butler the underdogs.

    I think the Lakers was on a B2B with the second game going to Denver which has been a problem for the Blazers twice this year and gives Denver a big advantage, but I am not going to take anything away from Denver, anytime you can beat the Lakers it is good. Although a part of me was hoping that the Lakers would win and SAS would lose to closer move the Lakers to 1st because I fear the Blazers may drop to seventh, and I don't want the lakers in the first round.

    Like you I will breathe easier when we get in and take anybody we play.

    by Hg on 4/4/2011 9:15 AM
  3. ROLL ON BLAZERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WE need to slam the door on teams and not leave any doubt of the possible "next game outcome".

    by mbmurr1 on 4/4/2011 9:29 AM
  4. I have no doubts we will make the playoffs. The part I'm worried about is our opponent. I actually *kinda* wanted the Lakers to defeat Denver so they could catch the Spurs. If San Antonio dropped to 2nd, that means if we stayed in 6 or 7, we could possibly play Dallas & San Antonio in consecutive rounds. That's our best shot at reaching the conference finals in my opinion.

    by DHawes22 on 4/4/2011 2:26 PM
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