The Portland Trailblazers got off to a scary start of game two and that was before they even stepped foot on the court.
“We get in the locker room [and] it’s a damn snake,” guard Mo Williams wrote on Instagram. “A snake in the locker room. Man, we was scared as hell.”
The scare was not enough to combat the Spurs who again flummoxed the Blazers in the first half jumping out to a 51-70 lead. The Spurs never looked back and the Blazers never got closer than eight points.
The Spurs next face the Blazers this Saturday in Portland at the Moda Center, Rose Quarter. Great seats and cheap tickets are still available!
After dismantling the Portland Trailblazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals 92-116, the San Antonio Spurs are hoping that they can bring the same momentum that took down the Dallas Mavericks and set the tone for the series against the Trailblazers.
Game two, scheduled for tonight, will be a challenge for the Spurs as they know that Portland will come out with a lot of fire.
“The key tomorrow is just match their energy,” Parker said after practice Wednesday. “They’re going to come back and they’re going to be very motivated. The way we handle the win, that’s going to make the difference for us.”
For Portland’s La Marcus Aldridge, a former Texas hoopster, coming out strong will be the key to leaving San Antonio with a win.
“Most of the guys on our team haven’t even been in the second round and they’ve won championships,” said Aldridge, one of the most experienced Blazers who had 32 points and 14 rebounds. “They’ve been here. I think they definitely came out and they let us know how it’s going to be. I think every guy on the team understands that.”
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The San Antonio Spurs will are facing a tough week with the surging, well sprouting LA Lakers Tuesday followed up by the seriously surging NY Knicks.
The Lakers are rolling into town with Bernie Bickerstaff as the interim head coach but the world already knows that Mike D’ Antoni has been hired on to replace him once D’ Antoni has fully recovered from reconstructive knee surgery.
The Spurs (6-1) are coming off a Saturday night 112-109 victory over the Portland Trailblazers where Gary Neal came off the bench to score 27 points (20 in the second half) and the Spurs climbed out from under a 14-point deficit. Duncan was his usual effective 22 points, nine rebounds self.
”He carried us on his back,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about Neal. ”Sometimes a player will do that, and he picked a good time for it.”
The Lakers (3-4) are also coming off a victory over the Sacramento Kings 103-90 where Dwight Howard had 23 points and 18 rebounds and Kobe kicked in 20 points all before they knew that Mike D’Antoni was their new leader.
”My job is to coach the team until they ring the bell,” Bickerstaff said. ”But listen. What’s the reality here? I mean, we all know what’s going on and I understand that. But I consented to do this for the organization, and I’m not worried about the big picture.”
Spurs at the Lakers Tuesday night 10:30 pm Eastern Standard time.
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