The game starts at 7:30 PM on ESPN and KGW. If you do not have cable or want a good Portland establishment to enjoy with friends, here are several suggestions from our sponsors.
Watch Trail Blazers Games in Portland:
Tanker Bar (Se Hawthorne & 48th) | (503) 445-4635 | More info: tankerbar.com
Tanker Bar will be playing all games on their 6 large LCD TVs. $1 Hamms and happy hour food during all games. 15 beers on tap, Buckhunter.
Blitz (Ladd, Pearl, Tigard, NW 21) | More info: blitzbarpdx.webs.com
Blitz's FOUR locations will be happening as always with tons of televisions, drinks specials, and games (ping pong, shuffleboard, buckhunters, horseshoes in Tigard, and more).
East Burn (East Burnside & 18th) | (503) 236-2876 | More info: www.theeastburn.com
East Burn will have the game on a large projection screen on their heated patio and also downstairs. Recess discount menu from 3-6PM. They have daily drink specials (pdf of specials here).
Preview: Portland Trail Blazers vs Golden State Warriors
By Cain Stoneking
Portland Trail Blazers (27-31) vs Golden State Warriors (22-34)
Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., ESPN, KGW
BLAZERS BUS SPECIAL: FREE bus rides from Blitz Ladd to ALL home games. Bus departs 30 & 90 min before tipoff. More info: blitzbarpdx.webs.com
The Blazers had one of their worst games all season on Monday. Not one player could find the basket and no one was willing to defend. The Blazers were only in that game because Houston had a hard time making shots as well but as soon as they did, the Blazers were in trouble fast. This game might be a little easier on the Blazers but it appears they will be without Batum and Aldridge, their two highest scorers. That makes this game really anyone’s for the taking.
The Warriors are just plain awful. In their last seventeen games, they are 4-13. That is ridiculous and only the Bobcats are worse. They have been in tank mode for draft picks for a long time, yet their early success has hindered that as they are only the ninth worst team in the NBA. As of late, they are a top five worst team, maybe top three. A full Blazers squad would stomp this team in no time. This team can’t do anything well and is really looking forward to next season.
Starting Lineup: Charles Jenkins, Klay Thompson, David Lee, Dorell Wright, Jeremy Tyler
Bench: Brandon Rush, Richard Jefferson, Nate Robinson, Andris Biedrins, Mickell Gladness
X's and O's:
All the Warriors do well is shoot threes, so all the Blazers have to do is close out around the perimeter. The Blazers don’t have to pack it in on defense and team defense should not be an issue either. As long as they stay in front of their man and guard the arc, they should win. On offense, someone will have to step up if Aldridge and Batum miss the game. But against this team, any Blazer could look like an all-star. Look for Hickson to have a great game.
The Blazers can play as loose and as free as they want. The only thing that would bring them down about this loss is it is against one of the worst teams in basketball right now. If the players on the court have any pride at all, they will win this game.
It is surprising and shocking this game is on ESPN considering these are two lottery teams with nothing to play for. There is an old movie called ‘White Men Can’t Jump¬Â and one of the more memorable lines is ¬Å“Sometimes when you win, you really lose…¬Â That could be said for this game. The winning team just loses more ping-pong balls during the draft.
Games this week:
@ Sacramento 4/15
@ Phoenix 4/16
Blazers coverage by Cain Stoneking, a life-long Oregonian who breathes Blazers basketball. During the offseason he enjoys backpacking and playing music in his local band Foxtrot. Follow him on twitter at Letsgoblazers, or write to him at email@example.com.
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