I know I do, especially after the Blazers' inspirational performance in game 4 on Saturday afternoon. The moment Brandon Roy threw up a desperate three at the end of the third quarter and it bounced in with all the luck in the world, I knew it was going to be a special night.
The question now is, do miracles come in bulk? We are back in Dallas tonight for a do or die game 5. Statistics show that nearly 80% of teams that win game 5 go on to win the series, but the same can be said about game 1.
That's not important here however; what's important are our own stats in Dallas. We split the season series with Dallas, each team winning 2 games at their home. Each game, however, was decided by 8 pts or less. In the four regular season games, Portland shot an average of 47.8% from the field and 30.5% from 3-point range while Dallas shot 51.0% from the field and 34.9% respectively.
In the first round series so far we are once again split at 2 games a piece at each team's home court. Portland is shooting an average of 46.2% from the field and 33.3% from the 3 and an average of 21 free throws attempted per game. Dallas on the other hand is shooting 45.5%, 43% respectively with 22 free throw attempts on average.
The way I see it, up to this point we are a near even match-up with Dallas and tonight's game 5 comes down to the importance of protecting the three and bench productivity (as per usual) but also winning the mental game. We are coming off one of the biggest come back wins in Blazers history (high) and Dallas is coming into this game nervous (low). The pressure is on Dallas, the ball is in their home court after all. If we want to come out with a win tonight we need to capitalize on their vulnerability and come out swingin'!
We've got T-minus 1 hour and a half till tip off! Even though our team isn't at home, we can all support them so they can hear us all the way in Dallas! UPRISE!
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