In the end, this was not much of a game. Or a much of a series really.
Portland was not really in the same league as San Antonio. Not with the way the Spurs were able to focus in, choke off the Blazers’ potent offense and score at will. Or even not score at will. The Spurs had a stretch in their 104-82 series clincher where they could not get a field goal. And yet their lead was hardly threatened.
The Blazers scored 38 points in the second half, falling deeper into the pit of the Spurs trap.
Even with Tony Parker leaving the game in the second quarter with a strained hamstring. The Spurs insist he would have been ready had there been a Game Six. No need for that anymore.
Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each had 22 points. Leonard went into his beast mode with a foray of fast break runs toward the rim and dunks. Patty Mills scored 18 points in Parker’s stead.
LaMarcus Aldridge completed a strong postseason with 21 points and Damian Lillard had 17 points. The Blazers though scored only eight points off the bench. A problem Portland will have to remedy this offseason.
The Spurs though can rest a bit before the Western Conference Finals begin next week.