Split in Dallas important for Blazers
The Blazers are 3-24 in playoff series when losing Game 1, including 1-17 in the first round. So, winning Game 2 on Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center is critical for the visiting team.
"It's always important to split, especially against a team like that," Portland guard Andre Miller said. "You don't want to go down 0-2 because they [always] throw something into the loop. They got a trick defense or something to switch the game up."
Miller said the team can't get caught up in the foul situation. In Game 1, Portland was called for 26 fouls and Dallas attempted 29 foul shots, including 19 in the fourth quarter.
"The game is over," he said. "Now you learn from it. I thought we played physical on defense and we kept them out of the paint. I guess when they get close to the paint there were fouls."
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