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  1. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s passion no match for Dallas execution

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:37 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    Like Brandon Roy before him, Portland’s Gerald Wallace gave it everything he could on Thursday night. There was the 9-0 run by himself at the start, the playing through back pain, the great fourth quarter effort that culminated in 32 points (on 17 shots). But as it has been for most of this series, even…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s offense had better turn up soon

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dallas is the team in control here. Not just because they are up 3-2 in games, but because they have controlled play for all but one quarter in recent games and for most of this series. Dallas has shot better, rebounded better and defended better. Portland had Brandon Roy in the hot tub time machine…

  3. NBA Playoffs: No comeback this time, Dallas gets defensive in win

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas has basically won seven of the last eight quarters against Portland. The series is 3-2 and headed back to Portland because of Brandon Roy’s epic fourth quarter Saturday (which John Hollinger of ESPN said so well was not Roy’s best quarter it was anyone’s best quarter). Monday night there was no Roy making plays…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Will the Mavs come undone?

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    There aren’t many choke job opportunities in your every day life. Think about it. You can say someone choked on that stage, but they never go through 80% of speech or performance and then just when the crowd is preparing to give them a standing ovation trip on a banana peel or make a racist…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Brandon Roy and the Rose Garden Time Machine

    Apr 23, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Portland 84 Dallas 82. You could not have written it better. Well, maybe if it was Game 7. But then it would be in Dallas and that’s a whole different result. In sports, a lot of us have become repulsed by cliches, by ridiculous preconceived storylines forced down our throats. But there is still something…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Aggressive Trail Blazers make a series out of it

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

    Portland just came out aggressive. Finally. Sometimes it’s not about the Xs and Os, it’s about energy and execution. Portland had that in the Rose Garden. Credit the home crowd (always one of the best in the league). Credit desperation. Credit Everclear. (The band, not the drink.) Whatever it was Portland came out far more…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Blazers have to walk fine line of emotions vs. Mavs in Game 3

    Apr 21, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Brandon Roy‘s upset. Brandon Roy’s sorry. Brandon Roy’s a role player. There’s a lot going on, emotionally, in Rip City, as there always is. But if the Blazers want to get back into this thing and prevent Dallas from putting distance between themselves and Portland, Nate McMillan’s crew is going to have to walk a…

  8. Brandon Roy fights off tears when sat for much of Game 2

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy is not that Brandon Roy anymore. He’s not the three-time All-Star, the guy who can regularly take over games, who was an elite guard, who was a building block of the Portland franchise. His knees have robbed him — and us, for he was a joy to watch — of that. Roy himself…

  9. Mark Cuban’s least favorite referee assigned to Mavs game

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Brown

    My mind in these situations always floats back to a junior high basketball coach. We were sitting in the basement locker room of our gym when I was in 8th grade and we were convinced the referees had robbed us of a win with a bad call at the end of the game. “If you…

  10. Nate McMillan fined $35,000 for ripping officials after Game 1

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Nate McMillan might as well have pulled out his checkbook while he was talking to the media after his Trail Blazers’ Game One loss to the Mavericks Saturday. The amount to write in — $35,000. That’s what the league announced. That’s pretty steep, but NBA Commissioner David Stern had warned that after last year (where…

  11. NBA Playoffs Blazers-Mavericks: This one’s going to be rough

    Apr 17, 2011, 1:47 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Nicolas Batum, Gerald Wallace

    The Pacers nearly knocked off the Bulls, but that one feels certain. The Sixers hung with the Triad. But again, you get the feeling Philly’s overwhelmed. The Hawks took one from the Magic, but you kind of knew that one was going to be back and forth. Blazers-Mavericks? That’s the one that showed it’s going…

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