When the Portland Trailblazers think they know the answers, basketball betting favorites the Golden State Warriors change the questions. The Blazers have learned the hard way that you don’t throw rocks at a man with a machine gun. The Warriors are so quick, they could spit in the wind, duck, and let it hit the old lady behind them. They are so fast they could turn the light off and be in bed before the room's dark. The Warriors don't need to know how tough they are to know how tough they are.
But let’s not take anything away from the Blazers; they are strong as an ox and almost as smart. They were hungry, physical, and not pretty to look at in defense or offense on game 2 of their second round NBA playoffs series against Golden State. For three-plus quarters, Portland played in a manner in which they could have believably defeated the Warriors. They created open shots for CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard – who ran amok around Golden State’s defense, scoring 25 points (including 17 in the third quarter). In a nutshell, the Trailblazers gave it their very best – sadly for them, even their best wasn’t enough. Arguably, the only thing they actually achieved was angering the Warriors.
As Lillard put it, GS is “a different monster.” The way the Blazers were felled after suicidally charging the Warriors, I would suggest that monster is akin to the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog – and as well all know, the only way to kill such a nasty, big, pointy toothed monster with a vicious streak a mile wide is with a Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. But I digress. The loss was especially painful because Portland managed to build a 17-point lead in the second quarter which can be likened to a fort. The Blazers held the fort and resisted the Warriors’ siege for most of the game, but like at the Alamo, the continued waves of attacks hit too hard, too often (and speaking of the Alamo, the Spurs suck).
It must been pretty painful for people betting on NBA who put their basketball betting money on the Blazers, to have seen their pick come so close only to come short in the very end. At least Portland has the consolation of fighting the good fight – but then again, that and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee. The series, which Golden State leads 2-0 will proceed to Oregon’s Moda Center on Saturday for game 3. Will the change of scenery improve the Blazer’s chances? Hard to day, but one thing’s for sure; the Warriors are going there to do two things: chew bubble gum and kick ass. And it seems as if they’re all out of bubble gum.