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Sweep averted, Blazers eye next step

Originally Published: May 13, 2014
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

PORTLAND, Ore. -- After the Portland Trail Blazers' practice Sunday, guard Wesley Matthews ticked off the reasons the San Antonio Spurs had played so well in winning the first three games of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series: their depth, their execution, their ability to take advantage of Portland's mistakes.

"But they're beatable," Matthews insisted. "They are beatable."

Had the Spurs completed the sweep Monday, Matthews would have sounded hopelessly in denial. Instead, ...

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