Spurs fans, I have an announcement to make: The operation was a success, and the Portland Trail Blazers season died. The San Antonio Spurs promptly dismissed the Portland Trail Blazers 104-82 to win the Western Conference Semifinals 4-1. With four blowout victories, they stood head and shoulders over the Blazers throughout this series.
For the third straight year, the San Antonio Spurs will be in the Western Conference Finals.
Now, they can sit back, rest and thankfully (more on that later) watch who they will match up with in the next round. With the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder going through such a taxing series, it will be a very important time for the Spurs to relax and prepare for the next round (The Thunder have advanced as of this writing.)
Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 22 points apiece. Patty Mills scored 18 points and Tim Duncan finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 21 points and Damian Lillard had 17 points and ten assists. The story of night, though, is the status of the hamstring of Tony Parker. He left in the first half and did not return.
On this one night, despite Parker not scoring, it did not matter. Here’s what I learned.