Game 2 - Blazers at Grizzlies, April 22, 5 p.m. Apr 19, 2015 22:29:08 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Apr 19, 2015 22:29:08 GMT -8
Game 2 - Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies
What: The Blazers are in Memphis to try to even the series against the Grizzlies.
When: Wednesday, April 22 at 5 p.m. (PT).
Where: FedExForum; Memphis, Tennessee.
Blazers Media: TV - KGW. Radio - Rip City Radio 620 AM.
Grizzlies Media: TV - SportsSouth. Radio - ESPN Radio 92.9 FM.
National Media: TV - TNT.
This series: Grizzlies lead, 1-0.
This Season: Grizzlies won the season series, 4-0.
Note: Coverage in Portland on CSNNW will begin with Rip City Live at 3:30 p.m. Following the game on KGW, CSNNW will air Talkin' Ball followed by Trail Blazers Pulse.
Pictured above: Blazers' Nicolas Batum; Grizzlies Beno Udrih.
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The Blazers finished 51-31 overall and 19-22 on the road this season. They averaged 102.8 points (8th in the NBA) and allowed 98.6 (8th). The Blazers won the Northwest Division title and earned the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
The Grizzlies finished 55-27 overall and 31-10 at home this season. They averaged 98.3 points (17th in the NBA) and allowed 95.1 (2nd). The Grizzlies finished second in the Southwest Division and earned the fifth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Game 1 -- April 19: Grizzlies 100, Blazers 96
Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge 32 pts; LaMarcus Aldridge 14 reb; two with 4 ast.
Grizzlies: Beno Udrih 20 pts; two with 11 reb; two with 7 ast.
Game 2 -- Blazers at Grizzlies - Wednesday, April 22, 5 p.m. (KGW, TNT)
Game 3 -- Grizzlies at Blazers - Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. (KGW, ESPN)
Game 4 -- Grizzlies at Blazers - Monday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. (KGW, TNT)
Game 5* -- Blazers at Grizzlies - Wednesday, April 29, TBD (KGW)
Game 6* -- Grizzlies at Blazers - Friday, May 1, TBD (KGW)
Game 7* -- Blazers at Grizzlies - Sunday, May 3, TBD (KGW)
* if necessary
SEASON SERIES RESULTS
Nov. 28 -- Grizzlies 112, Blazers 99
Jan. 17 -- Grizzlies 102, Blazers 98
Feb. 22 -- Grizzlies 98, Blazers 92
Mar. 21 -- Grizzlies 97, Blazers 87
MUST READ LINKS
Blazers-Grizzlies First Round Playoff Summary
2015 NBA Playoff Schedule and Results
Blazers' Chris Kaman; Grizzlies Marc Gasol
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
SF - 88 Nicolas Batum (15 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast)
PF - 12 LaMarcus Aldridge (32 pts, 14 reb, 1 ast)
C - 42 Robin Lopez (2 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast)
SG - 23 Allen Crabbe (7 pts, 1 reb, 0 ast)
PG - 0 Damian Lillard (14 pts, 8 reb, 3 ast)
G - 5 Steve Blake; 10 Tim Frazier; 3 CJ McCollum
F - 33 Alonzo Gee; 11 Meyers Leonard
C - 19 Joel Freeland
G - 4 Arron Afflalo (shoulder) - out
G - 2 Wesley Matthews (achilles) - out
F - 1 Dorell Wright (hand) - out
C - 35 Chris Kaman (ankle) - out
PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points - LaMarcus Aldridge 32.0
Rebounds - LaMarcus Aldridge 14.0
Assists - Nicolas Batum 4.0, Steve Blake 4.0
Steals - Allen Crabbe 2.0
Blocks - LaMarcus Aldridge 4.0
FG - Allen Crabbe 100.0%
FT - Nicolas Batum 100.0%, Robin Lopez 100.0%
3pt - Allen Crabbe 100.0%
REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points - LaMarcus Aldridge 23.4
Rebounds - LaMarcus Aldridge 10.2
Assists - Damian Lillard 6.2
Blocks - Robin Lopez 1.4
Steals - Damian Lillard 1.2
FG - Robin Lopez 53.5%
FT - Damian Lillard 86.4%
3pt - Meyers Leonard 42.0%
SF - 32 Jeff Green (11 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast)
PF - 30 Zach Randolph (16 pts, 11 reb, 0 ast)
C - 33 Marc Gasol (15 pts, 11 reb, 7 ast)
SG - 5 Courtney Lee (9 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast)
PG - 11 Mike Conley (16 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast)
G - 3 Jordan Adams; 12 Nick Calathes; 15 Vince Carter; 2 Russ Smith; 19 Beno Udrih
F - 9 Tony Alen; 0 JaMychal Green; 30 Jon Leuer; 1 Jarnell Stokes
C - 41 Kosta Koufos
no injuries reported
PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points - Beno Udrih 20.0
Rebounds - Marc Gasol 11.0, Zach Randolph 11.0
Assists - Marc Gasol 7.0, Beno Udrih 7.0
Steals - Tony Allen 3.0
Blocks - Marc Gasol 3.0, Kosta Koufos 3.0
FG - Nick Calathes 100.0%
FT - Zach Randolph 100.0%
3pt - Courtney Lee 100.0%
REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points - Marc Gasol 17.4
Rebounds - Zach Randolph 10.5
Assists - Mike Conley 5.4
Blocks - Marc Gasol 1.6
Steals - Tony Allen 2.0
FG - Kosta Koufos, 50.8%
FT - Courney Lee 86.0%
3pt - Courtney Lee 40.2%
NOTE: For the playoff stats after game 1, we are not using minimums for the statistical leaders. However, if a player made 2-2 from the free throw line and another made 1-1, the player who made more and attempted more is listed as the leader. For the regular season, we use a different standard than the NBA for the individual regular season statistical leaders. Our leaders apply to players who have played half of their team's games (41), as well as other basic statistical minimums. Leaders who are listed as "out" due to injury are not listed.
There is no other way to say it, Portland laid an egg in the first game. Lack of execution on both ends hurt the Blazers. You can criticize Aldridge for shooting 38.2 percent, but when he is the only one bringing offense for you for the majority of the game, you have to be happy with his 32 points in game one. He brought it on the defensive end too, blocking 4 shots to go with his 14 rebounds. Batum found a bit of a groove in the second half and will need to at least duplicate his 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in order for the Blazers to win. Lillard will most certainly have to improve on his 5-21 shooting in order to even the series. Afflalo is projected to be back and that should in the least make the Blazers deeper, though I expect him to start. Kaman had a strong showing in game one and I do not think we should think anything different in this game. Leonard was effective with 9 rebounds. He should see a good run. McCollum is going to have to do better than the 1-8 he shot from the field in the first game. Crabbe was solid, hitting all three of his shots and coming away with two steals.
Memphis looked like a team which should have won its division. The Grizzlies got out to a quick, early lead, then never let up. Their bench outscored the Blazers bench, 33-21, 20 of those points came from Udrih. The backup guard has given the Blazers problems all season and game one was certainly no exception. Not only did he score 20 off the bench, he had a co-team high 7 assists. With Conley, Allen and Green hobbled, the Grizzlies needed someone to step up and Udrih was the guy. The Blazers will need to find a way to slow him down in order to get the upper hand in this game. Gasol and Randolph had serviceable nights, but both proved that they can have their moments. They each may be in store for bigger outings in game 2. In addition to his 15 points and 11 rebounds, Gasol also had 7 assists. Conley didn't have the dimes we are accustomed to seeing, but he played some great defense on Lillard and scored 26 points in just 24 minutes. Lee did his job; hit a couple of threes and played some great defense. Allen was active and should be again, especially on defense. .
THE BLAZERS WIN IF THEY
Speed up the tempo, keep Randolph off the boards and shoot at least 46 percent from the field.
THE GRIZZLIES WIN IF THEY
Win the rebounding battle, defend the three and two players score 20 more more points.
MATCH UP TO WATCH
Damian Lillard vs. Mike Conley.
25 Tony Brothers
20 Leroy Richardson
22 Bill Spooner
6 Tony Brown
Blazers coach Terry Stotts on Udrih: "He did a little bit of everything. He's an NBA player. He's been here a long time, and he's effective.
Grizzlies coach David Joerger: "We tried to show Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge a lot of crowds and had people in front of them as much as possible trying to make it frustrating,"
A little hard criticism from Yeseeka on Trail Blazers pulse regarding Damian Lillard's performance in game one. Also seen is CSNNW's tweet regarding Lillard's shooting at a point in the third quarter.
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