Three takeaways from Portland’s late victory over Colorado to reach the final of the Western Conference

But no one in Burgundy could produce the decisive final touch to open the scoring and leave the game in no man’s land. And if you’ve ever seen Timbers from the Giovanni Savarese era, you know that it’s an invitation they often grab – even when playing at short rest, at miles high. They are opportunistic survivors, and you better draw some real blood when you skip them.

“You’re trying to get used to the height and we’re even playing four days ago, so it was not really easy to get in the first half and be as sharp and precise as we would like to be,” Mabiala said. “So we just didn’t want to shut into the first half, go back to the locker room during the break, make some adjustments.”

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