Well, it looks like the Portland Trail Blazers have a pulse.
The San Antonio Spurs did not get the sweep that many predicted (myself included).
Now, the series now is back in San Antonio for Game 5. I really don’t see any reason to panic here if you are a Spurs fan. This was a little more about the Trail Blazers and they way they played as opposed the Spurs losing this game. They looked looser and played like they had nothing to lose, which they didn’t.
We get to see now if Portland played not to get swept, or are they playing to get back in this series. The Trail Blazers were led by Damian Lillard who scored 25 points in what was easily his best game of the series. LaMarcus Aldridge backed him up with 19 points. Nicolas Batum who has been the best player for Portland in this series had his first career playoff double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Tony Parker had 14 points to lead the Spurs while Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw had 12 points. Kawhi Leonard finished with 11 points.
This game was about adjustments on the Blazers side of the ball that San Antonio needs to address. Let’s get to the three lessons.