Blazers could oust Rockets at home

Houston Rockets center Omer Asik, left, and Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez jockey for position on a free throw during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore., Friday, April 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Houston Rockets center Omer Asik, left, and Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez jockey for position on a free throw during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Portland, Ore., Friday, April 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The most important day of the Portland Trail Blazers season is finally here.

Up 3-2 in the Western Conference semis, it’s no secret Friday night will be the best chance to send the once-favored Houston Rockets packing.

But following a 108-98 loss in Houston, Game 6 in Portland is likely to be as pressure-filled for the Blazers as it is for the Rockets.

Blazers vs. Rockets: 3 keys to the series

The series has been an exercise in offense, led more than often than not by heavyweights LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight Howard. Aldridge, who sped out of the playoff gate with an average of 44.5 points in the series’ first two games, sputtered mightily in Game 5, shooting just 3-for-12 from the floor in 38 minutes.

Aldridge output puts him in Magic, Jordan territory

The Blazers did get unexpected output from Wesley Matthews, who pitched in 27 points to keep the game close.

Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Moda Center.

KOIN 6 Sports Director Dan Christopherson will be at the game. Stick with KOIN.com for continuing Blazers coverage.

blog comments powered by Disqus