Mutombo’s ending

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

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The Blazers pulled off a win tonight at the Rose Garden in Portland, but the NBA lost one of it’s most respectable players. Houston’s Dikembe Mutombo injured his knee and it will likely end his 18-year NBA career. His injury came midway through his 1,297th game.

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.

Playoff Tickets

About 250 Portland Trail Blazer fans camp outside the Rose Garden as they wait in line to buy tickets for the playoffs. The first person in line showed up at noon and will have to wait a full 24-hours in line.  Bruce Ely/The Oregonian

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About 250 Portland Trail Blazer fans camped outside in the cold at the Rose Garden to wait in line to buy tickets for the playoffs. The first person in line showed up at noon and will have to wait a full 24-hours in line. Thanks to Tom Boyd for the heads up on this. I was supposed to go in the morning, but Boyd heard on the radio that people were already out there after tonight’s game. I decided it would make much better pictures in the middle of the night than in the daytime.

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.