The Trail Blazers had dropped five straight games and were embarking on a six-game road trip on April 27. But they opened the excursion with 21-point victories over the Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, followed by a 19-point thumping of the Brooklyn Nets and finished with a 5-1 mark. Stotts said that he never doubted the team could turn its fate around. "You keep coaching the team, " Stotts said. "I didn't think we were that far away.
"Obviously, we are aware where we are and where everybody else is - you need to be aware of that - but you can't get ahead of yourself. So now we move on to Phoenix and see what happens there. " Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Highlights of the Portland Trail Blazers' clash with the Utah Jazz in Week 21 of the NBA. The Suns (48-21) are waging their own postseason battle as they sit just 1 1/2 games behind the Jazz for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. While Phoenix asserted that it would be a part of the postseason months ago, Portland were looking like they could be relegated to the play-in round just last month.
I'm a big believer in confidence and you have to instill confidence in the team and keep the faith. That's your job as a coach. " Highlights of the Phoenix Suns against the Golden State Warriors in Week 21 of the NBA. Portland definitely had the confidence in its win over the Jazz as it overcame a 12-point, first-quarter deficit. All-Star guard Damian Lillard stood out with 30 points and he has tallied at least 30 in six straight games and seven of the past eight.
Phoenix have lost back-to-back games and three of its past four. The defense has been a problem as the Suns have allowed 135, 123 and 122 points in the recent setbacks. In Tuesday night's 122-116 road loss against the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix allowed 62 points in the paint, 29 second-chance points and 12 offensive rebounds. The Suns scored just 32 in the paint.
Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns with unfinished business ahead of playoffsThe Portland Trail Blazers picked a really good time to become one of the NBA's hottest teams. The Trail Blazers will look to record their sixth straight win and 10th in the past 11 games when they visit the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. Portland (41-29) and the Dallas Mavericks share the fifth-best record in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Lakers just one game behind. All three teams have just two games remaining and the team that finishes seventh will be part of the NBA's new play-in round. "We're just worried about the next game, " Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said after Wednesday's impressive 105-98 road win over the Utah Jazz.
Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers Preview The game will be available to watch on Root Sports Plus, Bally Sports Arizona, and NBA League Pass. Injuries and Player Availability.