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Apr 21

0-2, This Is How It's Supposed To Go

By sarahhecht
This is how it’s supposed to go.

It’s a seven-game series. The Trail Blazers are down 0-2 and have yet to play a game on the Rose Garden floor. So I say again, this is how it’s supposed to go.

Home court advantage is called an “advantage” for a reason. The team with home court opens up the grueling seven-game series with the deck stacked in their favor.  They have to capitalize. The Mavericks did.

Now it’s Portland’s turn. Dallas comes to Portland to try to win in the loudest arena in the NBA. The circumstances they face in the Rose Garden are night and day compared to American Airlines Arena. This time the crowd isn’t cheering for them, but instead against them.

Think about the differences between a home game and an away game, all amplified in the playoffs. Cheers versus boos. Home sweet home versus hotels. The comfort of family versus loneliness. Then there’s that intangible feeling, you know, the one you get at the end of a long day. When you hop in bed, pull up the covers and just sink. You’re just good and content. That’s a feeling you only get at home, and it’s an advantage.

This is how it’s supposed to go.

Games three and four favor the Trail Blazers. Our city. Our court. Our fans. Now we get to win two. The advantage is in our favor.

LaMarcus Aldridge said it best when talking about home court and the Trail Blazers’ 0-2 status. “The NBA is tailored for home court to win. They went home and took care of their two games,” he said. “And now were home, so we have to take care of our two games. Then all you have to do is just try to steal one and things change.”

Come Sunday we’re in a 2-2 series. Just like it’s supposed to be. Then the momentum is with us. We’ll head back to Dallas to try for a win. Just one win. One.

Four. That’s the number of chances the lower seeded team has to steal a game from the home team on the road. With home court protected, that’s all it takes.

Ninty-six percent. That’s another number that’s been spinning wildly around Rip City. It’s the percentage of teams that lose the series after dropping their first two game. Yes, it’s a scary statistic, I agree. But it’s a bit misleading...

Yesterday on Just Casey guest John Hollinger addressed the statistic perfectly, “A lot of those series in the 96 percent are mismatches in talent, this one’s not.”

The first two games were close. Were it not for stand out (irregular) performances by Jason Kidd and Peja Stojakovic the outcomes would have been different. We know it. They know it.

So tonight we’re going to do exactly what we’re supposed to do. Win. Then we’re going to do it again on Saturday.

As for coming back and winning a series after being down 0-2, “It’s been done,” said Hollinger.

Yes, John. It has. By none other than the 1977 World Champion Portland Trail Blazers.

Uprise.

4 Comments

  1. Winning these two games is key to reseting the series, and gaining momentum. It's our time to hold down the RG and to get our game rolling like we've done all season.

    by ShalamarClark on 4/21/2011 2:22 PM
  2. Yes! You're right, Sarah, this is a great blog, even if you did say so yourself!!

    by occassia on 4/21/2011 2:26 PM
  3. Another advantage; our P.A. guy only talks if someone scores, fouls, etc. In other words, he does his job and lets the crowd cheer DEFENSE! or LET'S GO BLAZERS! The Mavs P.A. guy should be ashamed of himself.

    by blazerdarren77 on 4/21/2011 2:59 PM
  4. Time to Uprise and Surprise the rest of the league. 2-2 by Sunday...I'll take it.

    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 4/21/2011 3:50 PM
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