Portland Lives to Fight Another Day

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May 12, 2014.  The San Antonio Spurs looked to sweep their fifth playoff series out of their last nine, but the Portland Trailblazers had other plans.

In games one through three, the Blazers had only held a lead for 33 seconds.  In game four, however, they lead for almost the entire game, and convincingly at that.  One point up by twenty, the Blazers downed the Spurs 103-92.  The Spurs actually shot a higher percentage from the field (44% to Portland's 43%) but the story of the game was from beyond the arc, where Portland shot 33% to San Antonio's miserable 16%, and points in the paint, where Portland demolished the Spurs 62-44.  Portland also did a great job at slowing down Spurs' Point Guard Tony Parker, holding him to only 14 points.  Portland head coach Terry Stotts finally makes a defensive adjustment putting Nicolas Batum on Parker and the Blazers finally fought through the Spurs screens stopping Parker from making the easy 12 foot jumper he killed them with in the three previous games.  Damian Lillard was outstanding shooting 11-21 and dropping 25 points.  While I don't see San Antonio going 3-18 from three again, hats off to coach Stotts and the Blazers for finally making some adjustments.

The series is now heading back to the AT&T Center in San Antonio Wednesday night with the Spurs still holding a commanding 3-1 series lead.  Look for game five to be much more competitive than the last four games.  Spurs are a veteran team who is looking to closeout the series and Portland is a desperate team hanging on to their playoff life.  No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit and I don't see it happening this year.  I see San Antonio closing this out at home Wednesday in a very very close game