Western Conference Playoffs, Round 1, Game 4, Memphis at Portland
Series Status: Memphis leads 3-0
Game Info: 7:30 PM, TV on KGW/TNT, Radio on 620 AM
TNT Announcers: Kevin Calabro, Brent Barry, Lewis Johnson
Vegas Line: Portland -3
The Skinny: Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our Blazers dead. In regular season there’s nothing so becomes a team, As modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of playoff elimination blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the Wesley; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Disguise fair Rolo with hard-favour’d rage; Then lend the Lillard a terrible aspect; Let pry through the portage of the head. Like the Batum from deep cannon; let the Aldridge o’erwhelm it. As fearfully as doth a Lillard shot. O’erhang and jutty his confounded hoop family, Swill’d with the wild and wasteful growl towel. Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide, Hold hard the breath and bend up every possession. To his full height. On, on, you noblest Blazers. Whose blood is fet from fathers of 1977 titles’ proof! Champions that, like so many Trail Blazers, Have in these parts from morn till ever fought. And sheathed their swords for lack of argument: Dishonour not Rip City; now attest. That those whom worn the pinwheel before did beget you. Be copy now to men of grosser blood, And teach them how to war. And you, good Meyers, Whose limbs were made in Illinois, show us here The mettle of your pasture; let us swear. That you are worth our cheers; which I doubt not; For there is none of you so mean and base, That hath not noble lustre in your eyes. I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot: Follow your spirit, and upon this game 4, Cry ‘Victory for Portland, Rip City, and Saint George!’
Series in Review (Home team in bold for completed games, *=If necessary):
Game 1-Memphis 100-Portland 86.
Game 2-Memphis 97-Portland 82
Game 3-Memphis 115-Portland 109
Game 4-Monday at Portland-7:30 PM (TNT/KGW)
Game 5*-April 29 at Memphis
Game 6*-May 1 at Portland
Game 7*-May 3 at Memphis
Song of the Day: “Bust a Bucket”. If this is the last game of the year, we’re damn well going out with this song. Enjoy:
‘Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.’”-Julius Erving.
Go be professionals on Monday Blazers, give em hell more last time and if it ends, it ends, we’ll see what the summer holds, whatever happens, good or ill, I remain a Blazers fan for life.