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Game 1 Open Thread:: Blazers vs. Mavericks

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Playoffs, baby! Tonight, the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Lone Star State to play the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs (Media notes). This year, the Blazers are involved in the series everyone is watching with anticipation. Hang out here and discuss the happenings.

You know, you don't need another person to add any thoughts, since I think Dave, Ben, Mavs Moneyball, and everyone in the fanposts have covered every aspect nicely. But I'll just add this: After taking playoff berths for granted for generations, it wasn't that long ago we were watching the playoffs every year with disinterest, having long since been eliminated. So let's have some fun tonight and enjoy the game.

Injury report: The Mavericks' Rodrigue Beaubois was injured in the season finale, and will not play tonight. This is indeed likely to the Blazers' advantage.

Tip-off: Approximately 6:40pm
Watch: KGW (Portland), ESPN (National)
Listen: 95.5 FM The Game (Portland), NBA Audio League Pass (Free)

The usual rules apply:

  1. No swearing
  2. No pictures
  3. No discussion of Internet streams not provided by the NBA

Go Blazers! -- Tim