Getting outhustled and committing a lot of turnovers in Friday’s loss to Phoenix was not very pretty for the home team.
The Suns play a harder schedule down the stretch than any of the Western Conference teams trying to make the playoffs and a loss to Portland would have made them the team most likely to miss out on the postseason.
Phoenix had their number this year, but luckily for the Blazers they won’t meet in the playoffs unless they both get through the first round.
Their win last Sunday over Memphis was their best win in nearly two months considering how Memphis had handled them this season.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard also had a dynamic duo performance in their win against the Lakers.
In front of a national TNT audience under the bright lights of Staples Center, Aldridge (31) and Lillard (34) combined for 65 points.
Lillard’s dunk on Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol in the first half of that game was also worry of a bravo.
By the Numbers
10 — Blazers playoff tickets go on sale on trailblazers.com at 10 a.m. on Monday.
12 — The playoffs begin 12 days from Monday.
4 — The number of games that remain this season.
The Week Ahead
Wednesday vs. Sacramento (7 p.m. on CSNNW): Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is considered by some opponents to be the best offensive center in the league, but the Kings are still terrible.
Friday at Utah (6 p.m. on CSNNW, recently changed from KGW): Utah has the record many expected but rookie point guard Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward and Co. have had good home wins this season, including against Miami.
Sunday vs. Golden State (6 p.m. on CSNNW): If the Blazers take care of business against the teams they should, this game won’t mean as much. But it could decide which team gets the fifth seed and who gets to play Houston.