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It's a testament to the nature of sports and athletes in general that LaMarcus Aldridge will probably only be thinking about his sixth and final foul after the Portland Trail Blazers ' 122-120 victory in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Houston Rockets .
An awkward moment for the Angels: Ian Kinsler went to steal second and thanks to a comedy of errors, ended up at home.
Everything seemed pretty loosey-goosey as the Trail Blazers wrapped up their practice session Saturday night at the Toyota Center.
Tim Duncan used all four years of eligibility at Wake Forest en route to four championships, while Kobe Bryant won five titles without ever setting foot on a college campus.
It pays to have uber-rich teammates. Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, who makes less than $1 million per year on his current contract, will be driving Dwight Howard's white Ferrari during the playoffs after Parsons' personal SUV was damaged in an accident outside the Toyota Center.
As the oldest of four boys, DeAndre Jordan is used to setting an example. He not only had to show his brothers how to behave and act, he had to share his time and put his desires aside.
When LaMarcus Aldridge stood before a horde of microphones and television cameras earlier this week at the Trail Blazers' practice facility, he skirted questions about his postseason past and dodged queries about his role in the franchise's most recent first-round failures.
Maybe the real magic happens later in the playoffs, when the top teams have sifted through the weaker ones and the superstars face off with everything on the line.
So our Pelicans , plagued with major season-ending injuries to most of the startA ers, ended the season on a high note with a 105-100 win over Dwight Howard and the playoff-bound Rockets.
While fans who didn't have CSNH couldn't see Pat Beverley, right, and the Rockets as they marched to the playoffs during the regular season, they'll have more options with at least Games 1-4 of the opening round being available on TNT and ESPN.
Finally, we can breathe a sigh of relief. The NBA 's hectic regular season slate has concluded, and it's time for playoff basketball.
After starting off as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers wilted a bit after the All-Star break.
Tyreke Evans had 25 points and 10 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans closed out a difficult season with a crowd pleasing 105-100 victory over the playoff-bound Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
For a team with numerous lingering questions heading into the postseason, the Houston Rockets are decidedly in a good place from a matchup standpoint.