Trail Blazers stand 3-1 in playoffs series

By Rebecca Ramirez, staff writer

Last night the Portland Trail Blazers won their third game against the Houston Rockets, making the score for this playoff series a lucky 3-1. The Trail Blazers began the series on Sunday, April 20, and have been busy breaking records since then.

Lamarcus Aldridge scored an average of 44.5 points during the first two games of the series, breaking the all-time single-playoff scoring record. Players like Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard were put in a gritty defensive position against Houston players such as James Harden, and Robin Lopez got very physical with Dwight Howard.

Standing one win away from winning a playoff series, the Blazers are close to setting another standard for the franchise; the Trail Blazers have not won a playoff series since 2000 when coached by Mike Dunleavy. Now coached by Terry Stotts, the Blazers have until Wednesday to prepare for another, and hopefully the last, game against the Rockets. The series has proven to be both thrilling and challenging, each game being decided by 5 points or less.

Today the legacy of the Trail Blazers hit a hard loss: Jack Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led Portland to the victory of the 1977 NBA Championships, the only Blazers Championship victory, died today. At 89 years old, Ramsay lost his battle against cancer.