Game Thread GAME# 71: BLAZERS @ SUNS - MAY 13, 2021 - THURSDAY, 7:00, TNT & NBCSNW

Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by Darkwebs, May 12, 2021.

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In your opinion, who's the better coach?

Poll closed May 19, 2021.
  1. Terry Stotts

    23.1%
  2. Monty Williams

    76.9%
  1. Darkwebs

    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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    2020-21 REGULAR SEASON RECORD
    PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
    41 - 29
    (22-13 Road)
    PHOENIX SUNS

    48 - 21
    (26-9 Home)


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    PROBABLE STARTERS---------


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    DAMIAN LILLARD VS CHRIS PAUL

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    C.J. McCOLLUM VS DEVIN BOOKER

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    NORMAN POWELL VS MIKAL BRIDGES

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    ROBERT COVINGTON VS JAE CROWDER

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    JUSUF NURKIC VS DeANDRE AYTON


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    WHEN: 7:00 PM (PDT), THURSDAY, 5/13/2021

    WHERE: TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA, PHOENIX, AZ
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    --------------RESERVES--------------
    - PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS -
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    SIMONS , BLEVINS , ELLEBY
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    LITTLE , HOLLIS-JEFFERSON , JONES Jr.
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    ANTHONY , LEAF
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    GILES III , KANTER


    - PHOENIX SUNS-
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    PAYNE , CARTER , GALLOWAY
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    MOORE , ALEXANDER
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    CRAIG , SARIC
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    SMITH , KAMINSKY



    INJURIES
    TRAIL BLAZERS
    Nassir Little (back): QUESTIONABLE
    Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture): OUT
    SUNS
    Cam Johnson (right wrist sprain): OUT
    Abdel Nader (right knee arthroscopy): OUT



    HEAD COACHES
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    TERRY STOTTS --- MONTY WILLIAMS


    :reading:OFFICIAL SUNS' GAME NOTES
    :reading: OFFICIAL BLAZERS' GAME NOTES








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  2. Darkwebs

    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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    After beating the team with the best record in the league, the Blazers have now won 9 of their last 10 games.

    Portland will play the penultimate game of their regular season against the 2nd best team in the NBA on the 2nd night of a back-to-back. But they will not have the advantage of the opponent's major contributors being injured, like the game versus the Jazz. So this will be a true test of what level Portland is playing at.

    As for the standings, the Blazers now control their own destiny, as the 5th seed is the Blazers' to lose. All they have to do is win the remaining two game of the season. So although this game isn't a must-win, it's a cannot-lose if they are serious about staying in 5th place.
     
  3. Strenuus

    Strenuus Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator

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    Easiest poll question ever.
     
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    Fairly-Hard Former Member Gone New!

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    So obviously the Jazz didn't just hand that last game over. I don't expect the Suns to rest anyone either. Another dog fight!
    Good news- Blazers play well on the second game on the second night and they play well on the road!
    Bad news- Blazers have to play this game as the second game on the second night and it's on the road!
    Go Get Em Blazers!
     
  6. blazerkor

    blazerkor Well-Known Member

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    This game is monstrous for us. We've got to give up less wide open threes than we did against Utah. We've got to win this game. We are not guaranteed a spot in the playoffs right now. So we need this win and we need it big time!!!
     
  7. wizenheimer

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    yeah...this is a huge game for Portland, especially if you assume Dallas will win their final 2 games. If Dallas does, and Suns beat Blazers, Dallas is 5th seed and Blazers will be 6th seed....providing they don't lose both remaining games and Lakers win both of theirs.

    Blazers control 5th seed but they have to win both games. It would suck donkey balls for Portland to do all this and end up drawing the Clippers in the 1st round
     
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    It would suck a lot more to lose this game, lose against the Nuggets and end up in the play-ins.
     
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    no problem...Blazers have a great record against the Warriors in the post season....walk in the park
     
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    Strenuus Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator

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    needn't the font that illuminates the color of sun drenched grass.
     
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    If we lost to the Warriors that would be three losses in a row and I would seriously be sweating the Grizz game that I'm presuming we'd be having. I will say this, if the Rockets would have gotten that shit done tonight, I wouldn't feel the tension I feel right now and I kind of love some late season tension... it's like a game that's a nail biter. We've kind of got a nail biting regular season right now.

    Sure, I'd love it if we were contenders and this was a time when we were all debating whether we should be sitting our guys or keeping them sharp but you've got to take the fun where it is and this not knowing shit is pretty fun.
     
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    KSF-ERIC Well-Known Member

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    This is a different Warriors and a different Blazers.
     
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    If we win tomorrow and Mavs lose on Friday, we’re 5th. Can play Blevins 48 minutes on Sunday.

    edit: we could still end up in 3way. That sucks. Stupid division tiebreaker. Need Lakers to lose in Indiana on Saturday too. Could happen. Important game for Indiana.
     
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    Strenuus Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator

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    Lol. Now you use this argument. How fitting.
     
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    If we get the 5th seed we still might need to beat the Nuggets to keep them in the 4th seed... if Nuggets win and Clippers lose Clippers are the 4th seed.
     
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    Big game, a win gets us close to a Nuggets 4-5 matchup against a team without Murray. Same side of the bracket as Utah and maybe GS.

    Other side of the bracket would be Phx, Clippers, Dallas, Lakers. Those might be 4 hardest opponents in the conference.

    Looks like a similar setup as our WCF run.

    Step1 is beat Phoenix.

    Go Blazers!
     
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    Kanter drop coverage works against Steph
     
  18. illmatic99

    illmatic99 formerly yuyuza1

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    Last ten games.

    1st in ORTG
    9th in DRTG
    1st in Net rating
     
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    Just win baby.
     
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    I think Kanter will be effective on the boards against Saric and Kaminsky. My worry is both will be getting wide-open 3's.
    Same with Crowder. They all shoot the 3-ball well.
     
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