Eric Bledsoe has evolved as the evident leader of the Phoenix Suns down the stretch run and he must rise up once more to take down a very good Portland Trail Blazers team on Friday night.
Phoenix (38-34) enters the evening three games back of Oklahoma City for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoffs and have just 10 games to overcome the deficit. Phoenix and Oklahoma City will play one another on Sunday night in Phoenix.
The Thunder were dealt a major blow earlier on Friday when it was announced that Kevin Durant would be out for the remainder of the year and would return to basketball activities in 4-to-6 months. This is the time for the Suns to overcome the three game deficit and power their way into the playoffs.
First things first, the Suns must keep their sights on the task at hand and that is defeating the Portland Trailblazers in the first of a pair of games between the two teams in the next four days. The teams have split their first two games against one another this year with the home team prevailing in both instances.
Portland (45-25) snapped a five-game losing streak on Wednesday when they took down the Utah Jazz 92-89.
The Blazers currently sit in the number four slot for the Western Conference playoffs. There are four teams (Blazers, Clippers, Spurs, and Mavericks) separated by one game in the standings so there is plenty of room for movement in the playoff seedings in the next two weeks.
Here is where you can catch tonight’s ball game, it is one you will not want to miss:
Date: March 27, 2015
Teams: Suns & Blazers
Tip-Off: 7:00 p.m. MST
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Stadium: US Airways Center
TV Channel: Fox Sports Arizona & NBA TV