LaMarcus Aldridge can't shake Tiago Splitter. Tony Parker is squeezing his way through the holes of the Portland Trail Blazers defense, but even then it's arguably the San Antonio Spurs bench unit that's made the difference in putting Portland in a 3-0 hole and on the brink of elimination.
Coach Terry Stotts' Blazers enter Game 4 at the Moda Center with pride to play for, but in how the Spurs have played through two rounds, there's nothing indicating that any concessions will be made. Portland will have to do something different, be it changing up the rotations or finding a surprise bench scorer or two -- after the five starters and Will Barton's 22 points scored in 30 minutes played this series, the other Blazers have combined to score just 21 points in three games.
More simply, it could come down to Damian Lillard and Aldridge finding their footing and that old efficiency in their pick-and-roll game that helped them blow by the Houston Rockets in the first round. Defensively, they'll have to coerce Gregg Popovich's well-balanced crew into a bad shooting night. The status quo for San Antonio doesn't change much, because the status quo has been more than successful.
TV schedule: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Jaime Maggio
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