Jeff Green (basketball)

Blazers advance 4-2 with 106-103 victory over the Clippers

Even as they huddled after the victory that sent them through to the next round, the Portland Trail Blazers were drawing inspiration from the doubters.

The confetti fell on them from the ceiling and Damian Lillard told his gathered teammates he was proud of them for shutting out the "outside noise," like those who never thought the Blazers would make it to the playoffs — let alone the second round.

Now they'll have to shut out those who think they have no chance against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

"We're just going to go out there and we're going to compete and we're going to put our best foot forward," Lillard...