Opinion: Trail Blazers need to get nasty vs. Warriors to avoid humiliation

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OAKLAND – It is time for the Portland Trail Blazers to get nasty because, hey – if not now, when?

After a sleepy start to their Western Conference finals series against the Golden State Warriors, the Blazers have a couple of options. Become serious about making the remaining games as unpleasant an experience as possible for Golden State’s offensive threats, or allow their excellent season to slip quietly into the night.

Getting nasty doesn’t mean the Blazers need to start picking fights. Portland is more about skill and speed than brute force. Putting themselves in the face of the Warriors in the same muscular manner as the Houston Rockets did in the previous round isn’t really a viable option.

“It didn’t feel like we were being the more aggressive team,” forward Moe Harkless said, reflecting on Game 1 while looking ahead to the second clash Thursday night. “We can’t sit back and wait for things to happen. We have to go out there and make things happen.”

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