NBA Game 71 Summary: Phoenix Suns 93, Portland Trail Blazers 87

March 22nd, 2010 by Busta Bucket Leave a reply »

In the last two weeks since getting trounced by Denver on March 7, the Blazers have  had a lot of rest and beat plenty of non-playoff worthy opponents. A five game winning streak kept Portland's hopes alive to move up in the Western Conference playoff seeding.

But last night was a different test: a nationally televised game against a playoff team from the West. There was plenty of good to take away from this game, but ice cold shooting late would be the downfall of the Blazers in Phoenix.

For the most part, it looked like the time off last week benefited the Blazers. Veterans like Camby, Howard, and Miller were playing at a high level, keeping the team in the game.

The Phoenix Sun shot the ball poorly throughout the first three quarters, allowing the Blazers to lead most of the game. But they couldn't hold off the Suns in Phoenix any longer. It showed that this team can only survive for so long when Brandon and LaMarcus are struggling to make their jumpshots.

This game to me was an indicator of things to come.

Playing a playoff team on the road and getting tested in more th ...

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