That'll do, Blazers. That'll do.
After running on fumes for the past six months, the Portland Trail Blazers ended their season last night, falling to a vastly superior Phoenix Suns team by a score of 99-90. While he was in the starting lineup, Brandon Roy clearly was not his old self, and an aggressive Suns' defense scheme kept Portland's starters off the scoreboard (their bench outscored them, 49-41) for the majority of the night. As was the case throughout the series, Jason Richardson scored at will (28 points, including five three-pointers) and the Suns overcame an off-night from Steve Nash (more turnovers than assists, you won't see that happen again) and now advance to the second round against their longtime postseason rivals, the San Antonio Spurs.
While it wasn't enough to break their decade-long streak of first round playoff exits, Portland did have a remarkable season (all injuries considered). Good job, Blazers.
* As I mentioned in last night's blog, we'll be covering the team throughout this sure-to-be-dramaitc offseason. This includes everything from the Kevin Pritchard situation (DO NOT fire that man), the upcoming draft, free-agency, and the Summer League in Las Vegas. Stick around.
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