Portland Trail Blazers will play the Los Angeles Clippers in the sixth game of their NBA Play-Offs campaign at the Moda Center in Portland on Friday, April 29, starting 10:30 pm ET.
The Trail Blazers already lead the series 3-2 against the “injury-plagued” Clippers side. As per the official NBA reports, “Damian Lillard’s fourth-quarter outburst” proved beneficial in the fifth game and will be looking to seal the first round series in favour of them.
“I’ve always been able to put the first three-quarters behind me and come up big when my team has needed it,” Lillard said. “I just had to be patient. It wasn’t even so much missing the shots that were bothering me, it was just that I couldn’t get any attempts because they were so aggressive. But I stayed with it, kept my mind right and I saw one go in. That was it.”
The Clippers are already missing their ace players, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. “We just made some simple mental mistakes and with Blake and Chris out, we cannot really afford to make mistakes,” said Clippers guard Austin Rivers. “We played pretty good defence overall, I just think we need to be better offensively.”
C.J. McCollum was particularly impressive with 27 points and averaging 24.3 after the Blazers slumped to 2-0 in the series. They are likely to avoid going to Los Angeles for the seventh game.
“We’ve got a unique opportunity to play an elimination game at home, and now we want to make sure we take full advantage of it,” McCollum said.
Clippers Probable Starters: Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce, Deandre Jordan, J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers
Trail Blazers Probable Starters: Al-Farouq Aminu, Maurice Harkless, Mason Plumlee, CJ McCollum, Damian Lillard
Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Friday, 29 April 2016
Time: 10:30 PM ET
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, OR
Live Stream: NBA Live
TV: ESPN,TSN3/5,KGWHD,PRIME TICKET
Radio: KEIB 1150,Rip City Radio 620