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Would u still have Dallas going down in 5 to the lakeshow if both advance? - Yes. I'm a bit more...

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Would u still have Dallas going down in 5 to the lakeshow if both advance? - Yes. I'm a bit more concerned with L.A. and a bit more positive on Dallas, but this is such a bad match-up for the Mavs that it overwhelms the first two items. You seem to be leaning toward the Mavs. What makes you so confident? And what can the Blazers do tomorrow night to win you back? - When home-court team wins Game 5 after splitting the first 4 games, they're 66-6. So that's in Dallas' favor. And if you look at the five games, they've had a chance to win every one. For the series as a whole, they've just been better. Blazers have to find a way to stop Dirk and JT if they want to stay alive. Could the answer for Portland be not putting ridiculous lineups in? Nate ended the game half way through the second when he put in Aldridge with all small players. That is why the Blazers got killed on the boards. He played Roy way to long - he couldn't defend and he killed the offence. Also Nate tried Camby and Johnson for a few minutes and it was great but never went back to it. Thanks - trying to find hope. - They basically have eight usable players. Nine with Johnson. So there aren't a ton of combinations available. After what happened in Game 4, he had to give Roy some run, and I don't think a Camby-Johnson combo can work for long unless they give out bonus points for a low body-mass index. And as for Aldridge and the smalls -- that's been Portland's most effective look all season. The Blazers' problem isn't coaching, it's that the other team is better than they are. John Hollinger, ESPN.com
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