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Where: Game 4 – Moda Center, Portland.
When: Tuesday May 13, 03:30 BST
The Portland Trail Blazers are in a hole, and they know they must win Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs in order to avoid a series sweep.
Both Tony Parker and Boris Diaw have insisted that the seven-game opening round series against the Dallas Mavericks was a turning point for the Spurs, as after the heartbreak of last season their backs were against the wall and they had to fight.
Fight they did after securing a dominant 119-96 win in Game 7, and they haven’t looked back since having raced into a 3-0 series lead against the Trail Blazers.
Ultimately, coach Gregg Popovich would love to afford some of his veteran stars some rest should they complete a series sweep, but given Portland’s run this season they will undoubtedly expect a reaction of sort before it’s all said and done.
However, if the Blazers are to do so, then they must find a way of slowing down Parker who has been influential thus far while the bench has also stepped up to continue the momentum.
In addition, the effort on the defensive end has increased with the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard not having the same effect, while the injury sustained by back-up point guard Mo Williams is also a blow.
Nevertheless, Lillard has insisted that Monday night’s encounter is a new game and they must play for pride at the very least despite the fact that the belief is still there that they can cause problems.
However, veteran Spurs forward Tim Duncan wants to close it out at the first time of asking as he believes it would be the right way to finish the series and get some valuable rest.