The Playoff Implications of Portland’s Victory Over Los Angeles

April 11th, 2010 by T. Leave a reply »
In their 80th game of the regular, the Portland Trail Blazers nudged the Los Angeles Lakers for a 91-88 victory.

With the NBA playoffs only a week away, this game had countless playoff implications for both teams.

To start with, Portland played the entire second half without their star guard, Brandon Roy. Roy was suffering from sore right knee and did not return after halftime.

The fact that the remaining Trail Blazer players were able to beat the Lakers in the second half without their go-to guy should be a huge confidence builder heading into the playoffs.

Portland struggled in their series against Houston in the first round of the playoffs last year when Roy wasn't on the court and they mainly relied on him for their offense in the series.

It's good to see that this year's team is able to not only play but beat the top team in the Western Conference without Brandon Roy on the floor.

The next important result of the game is that Portland took the season series from Los Angeles edging them 2-1.

This is important because the Trail Blazers could end up facing the Lakers in the first round of the play ...

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