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The Portland Trail Blazers Can Still Advance Without Brandon Roy

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 The Portland Trail Blazers Can Still Advance Without Brandon Roy
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After finding out Brandon Roy will require surgery and be out for at least the first round of the playoffs, Blazer fans already came to the conclusion that they will not get out of the first round. Blazer fans should be pessimistic about this first round match up against the Suns, but they shouldn't lose hope. The Trail Blazers took 2 out of 3 against the Suns including one on the road without Roy, so it proves that we can win without Roy against Phoenix. Also, without Roy the Blazers will have a much more balanced attack looking to score a lot in the paint because Phoenix lacks a defensive presence at center. Look for Andre Miller and LaMarcus Aldridge to find easy baskets in the paint. However, the Suns are still great on the offensive ends leading the NBA in field goal percentage and points per game. But, the Blazers are one of the best defensive teams in the western conference holding the Suns to 98.7 points a game in their three meetings in the regular season. When the Suns can't score 100 in a game it decreases their chance of winning because they try to score points and not look to play good defense. If the Blazers can steal a game in Phoenix the Blazers will be in great position to advance to the second round, hopefully with Brandon Roy back.

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