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News » Portland Trail Blazers Getting Inside 2009-04-13


Portland Trail Blazers Getting Inside 2009-04-13


Portland Trail Blazers Getting Inside 2009-04-13
Plenty is on the line when the Trail Blazers play host to Oklahoma City on Monday night at the Rose Garden.

Portland (52-28) is still within range of the Northwest Division championship and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs out of the Western Conference, providing Denver is upset at home by Sacramento on Sunday.

If Denver (53-27) beats the Kings, the Nuggets would clinch a share of the division title and the West's No. 2 seed. That would render Denver's regular-season finale, Wednesday at Portland, meaningless from the Nuggets' end.

If Portland wins its last two games, it would earn at least a share of the division title and the No. 4 seed in the West.

The Blazers, who are still battling Houston and San Antonio for playoff seeding, can fall no lower than the No. 5 seed in the West. In case of a tie, Houston holds the tiebreaker over Portland, but the Blazers hold the tiebreaker over the Spurs.

TRAIL BLAZERS 87, CLIPPERS 72: Rarely has a final score been more misleading than the one posted at Staples Center on Saturday night. With 7:30 to go, after a driving layup by Eric Gordon, the Clippers led 68-66 and had everyone in the building thinking upset. Then the Blazers, led by Rudy Fernandez, went on an 18-0 tear that buried the lowly Clippers.

It was the eighth win in nine games for Portland (52-28), which ends with a 20-21 regular-season road record. Both teams were playing the second of back-to-back games, and Portland was playing its fourth in five nights, three of them on the road, plus Friday's home victory over the Lakers.

"It feels like we've been out on the road for six games," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "It was a grind tonight. We weren't sharp, but we kept fighting, and we had some guys step up the second half and break it open."


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 13, 2009

 

 
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