Warriors try to clinch playoff spot in Portland
(Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors will qualify for the postseason
for the first time since 1994 with a victory, as they visit the Portland Trail
Blazers tonight at the Rose Garden.
If Golden State, which is one game ahead of the Clippers for the eighth and
final playoff berth in the West, wins and the Lakers lose at Sacramento, the
Warriors would be the seventh seed in the postseason. Even if the Warriors
lose this evening they can still reach the playoffs if the Clippers drop one
at home to the Hornets.
A Lakers win coupled with a Warriors victory would make Golden State the
eighth seed and the Lakers No. 7.
The Warriors would face the top-seeded Mavericks if they are No. 8 and the
second-seeded Suns if they are No. 7.
On Tuesday, Mickael Pietrus scored 22 points off the bench and was one of
seven Warriors in double figures as Golden State inched one step closer to a
playoff berth by crushing the Dallas Mavericks, 111-82, at ORACLE Arena.
Matt Barnes recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while
Jason Richardson scored 14 and Stephen Jackson netted 13 for the Warriors, who
have won four straight and eight of their last nine games overall. Baron Davis
had 12 points and Monta Ellis and Al Harrington both netted 11 in the victory.
Golden State is a dismal 11-29 on the road this season. The Warriors have won
three of their last four as the visitor.
Portland tries to get back on the winning track before it goes on vacation. On
Monday, Carlos Boozer scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the
Utah Jazz to a convincing 130-93 win over the Trail Blazers at EnergySolutions
Travis Outlaw had 26 points to lead Portland, which has lost five of its last
six games overall. Martell Webster added 14 points and Dan Dickau netted 13 in
The Trail Blazers, who failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth
straight year, are 18-22 at home this season.
Golden State and the Trail Blazers split a pair of meetings this season. The
teams have also split the last six contests at Portland.