The Trail Blazers’ hopes of winning a playoff series for the first time since 2000 were dashed Wednesday night, as Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin steadied the Rockets to a 108-98 Game 5 victory before 18,230. But the Blazers insist their confidence remains resolute in the best-of-seven series.
“I think, if anything, it gives us confidence,” Damian Lillard said of the Blazers’ Game 5 defeat. “Because we didn’t play very well … and we were still down one with three or four minutes left, with a chance to win the game. So any time you can do that after not playing well, I think you’ve definitely got to have some confidence based off of that.”
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN