Apr 18

Playoff Picture: Round One, Game Two

By sarahhecht
Fans across the league were treated to some incredible basketball in the first game of the 2011 playoffs. Without one blowout win and stand-out performances by some major players it was easy to enjoy games played by teams other than Portland.

Now it’s time for game two. For the Trail Blazers it’s important to get a win down in Dallas. Game film has been watched. The team has practiced. And focus is the name of the game. Seven games is a long series. Game one, and even game two doesn’t make or break it.

In game two the Trail Blazers will make some adjustments and come out on fire. There’s no doubt in my mind we’ll see a noticeably different Portland team.

Which adjustments do you think are the most important? What are your predictions for the Trail Blazers in game two?

Here’s a quick recap of the Western Conference game one results:

The  #8 Memphis Grizzlies toppled the  #1 San Antonio Spurs 101-98.
The  #7 New Orleans Hornets downed the  #2 L.A. Lakers 109-100.
The  #3 Dallas Mavericks beat the  #6 Portland Trail Blazers 89-81.
The  #4 Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the  #5 Denver Nuggets 107-103.

Here’s the Round One, Game Two schedule:

Monday, April 18th
Philadelphia 76ers @ Miami Heat, 4:00pm on TNT
Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls, 6:30pm on TNT

Tuesday, April 19th
New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics, 4:00pm on TNT
Atlanta Hawks @ Orlando Magic, 4:30pm on NBATV
Portland Trail Blazers @ Dallas Mavericks, 6:30pm on TNT

Wednesday, April 20th
Memphis Grizzlies @ San Antonio Spurs, 5:30pm on NBATV
New Orleans Hornets @ L.A. Lakers, 7:30pm on TNT
Denver Nuggets @ Oklahoma City Thunder, 5:00pm on TNT

(All times are PST.)


  1. Sarah:

    The biggest adjustment for the Blazers is stay calm, play uptempo ball and keep driving to the rim even if the refs don't call fouls. Stand up to the Mavs when they get forceful. physical we do ok with pushing grabbing and shoving if we let them get away with it so will the refs.

    Have you heard if Nate got fined or not?

    I think we will play to our ability the next game You are right it is a seven game series, but the sooner we win the easier it is to win the next one.

    If we don't win tomorrow night than we will almsot have to win 2 in a row at home.

    by Hg on 4/18/2011 2:06 PM
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