Playoffs Game 6

Portland Trail Blazer play the Houston Rockets in game six of the NBA basketball playoffs.  Bruce Ely/The Oregonian

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The Portland Trail Blazers ended their season after loosing game 6 in Houston Thursday night. Although it would have been great to see a game seven, I am looking forward to the summertime in Portland. Anyone that has spent a summer there knows what I am talking about. While having post-game drinks with fellow photographers Jamie Francis, Eric Kayne and designer Tanyia Johnson I added up the number of basketball games I photographed this season. 52 Blazer games, 6 NCAA tournament games, 2 OSU games and 2 Portland State games for a total of 62 basketball games since Halloween. Already looking forward to next season …

Playoffs vs. Rockets Game 1

Portland Trail Blazer hos the Houston Rockets as they head into the NBA basketball playoffs.  Bruce Ely/The Oregonian

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The Portland Trail Blazers did not match up well against the Houston Rockets at the Rose Garden as the two teams met in the first round of the playoffs. Game 2 will be in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday night.

Goodbye

NBA official Jack Nies gets a hug from the other officials as he wraps up a 29 year career as he retires. Photo by Bruce Ely of The Oregonian

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During the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder I overheard Portland Trail Blazer GM Kevin Pritchard ask official Jack Nies if the game would be his last. Turns out that it was indeed his last game of a 29 year career. I thought it made a nice picture as the other officials working the game gave Nies a hug at the end of the game.