The Blazers, the youngest playoff team in ten years, hope to grow up while also contending this spring.
Portland coach Nate McMillan said that he gave his team a light day on Thursday, and that they will begin preparing for the Rockets on Friday.
"What we've done the last month – how we've prepared for the game and our approach – it really doesn't change much. We know that Houston is a really solid team and it's going to be a tough matchup and style of play out on the floor," said McMillan.
Nuggets coach George Karl, who saw the Blazers firsthand on Wednesday night, doesn't think the team's age is a huge factor.
"What team has an established playoff record?" Karl said.
"You want to give Houston that? You want to give New Orleans that? I think both have had one year of success. I think the personality of the playoffs is yet to be determined and will be defined somewhere in the first round. Then, somewhere in the second round you'll see a team grow old. It happens all the time.
"There are a lot of people that grow up on the job in the playoffs," Karl added.