Game 4 - Grizzlies at Blazers, April 27, 7:30 p.m. Apr 26, 2015 19:00:08 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Apr 26, 2015 19:00:08 GMT -8
Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers
What: The Grizzlies are in Portland looking for the sweep over the Blazers.
When: Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. (PT).
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter; Portland, Oregon.
Grizzlies Media: TV - SportsSouth. Radio - ESPN Radio 92.9 FM.
Blazers Media: TV - KGW. Radio - Rip City Radio 620 AM.
National Media: TV - TNT.
This series: Grizzlies lead, 3-0.
This Season: Grizzlies won the season series, 4-0.
Fact: The winner of this series will face the Golden St. Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals. The Warriors swept the New Orleans Pelicans in their first round series.
Note: Coverage in Portland on CSNNW will begin with Rip City Live at 6 p.m. Following the game on KGW, CSNNW will air Talkin' Ball followed by Trail Blazers Pulse.
Pictured above: Grizzlies' Courtney Lee; Blazers' Nicolas Batum.
Links: Kasey takes a look at the ridiculous and false claims of fans jumping off the bandwagon.
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The Grizzlies finished 55-27 overall and 24-7 on the road 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.
The Blazers finished 51-31 overall and 32-9 at home 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.
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 -- April 22: Grizzlies 97, Blazers 82
Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge 24 pts; LaMarcus Aldridge 14 reb; Nicolas Batum 7 ast.
Grizzlies: two with 18 pts; Zach Randolph 10 reb; Mike Conley 6 ast.
Game 3 -- April 25: Grizzlies 115, Blazers 109
Grizzlies: Marc Gasol 25 pts; Marc Gasol 7 reb; three with 4 ast.
Blazers: Nicolas Batum 27 pts; LaMarcus Aldridge 7 reb; Damian Lillard 9 ast.
REMAINING SERIES SCHEDULE
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
Points - Grizzlies 104.0; Blazers 92.3
Rebounds - Grizzlies 42.3; Blazers 44.3
Assists - Grizzlies 19.3; Blazers 17.3
Steals - Grizzlies 6.7; Blazers 3.7
Blocks - Grizzlies 7.3; Blazers 6.3
Turnovers - Grizzlies 6.3; Blazers 10.7
FG - Grizzlies 44.5%; Blazers 39.4%
FT - Grizzlies 85.5%; Blazers 82.4%
3PT - Grizzlies 44.1%; Blazers 34.2%
REGULAR 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
Grizzlies' Marc Gasol; Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge.
SF - 9 Tony Allen (5.3 pts, 5.7 reb, 1.0 ast)
PF - 30 Zach Randolph (14.0 pts, 8.3 reb, 2.0 ast)
C - 33 Marc Gasol (18.3 pts, 8.3 reb, 5.3 ast)
SG - 5 Courtney Lee (15.7 pts, 3.3 reb, 1.3 ast)
PG - 12 Nick Calathes (5.0 pts, 1.3 reb, 1.0 ast)
G - 3 Jordan Adams; 15 Vince Carter; 2 Russ Smith; 19 Beno Udrih
F - 0 JaMychal Green; 32 Jeff Green; 30 Jon Leuer; 1 Jarnell Stokes
C - 41 Kosta Koufos
G - 11 Mike Conley (face) - out
G - 19 Beno Udrih (ankle) - questionable
PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points - Marc Gasol 18.3
Rebounds - two with 8.3
Assists - Marc Gasol 5.3
Steals - Tony Allen 1.7
Blocks - Marc Gasol 3.0
FG - Kosta Koufos 66.7%
FT - Zach Randolph 100.0%
3pt - Courtney Lee 71.4%
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%
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
SF - 88 Nicolas Batum (17.7 pts, 6.7 reb, 5.0 ast)
PF - 12 LaMarcus Aldridge (25.7 pts, 11.7 reb, 2.3 ast)
C - 42 Robin Lopez (5.3 pts, 5.0 reb, 1.0 ast)
SG - 4 Arron Afflalo (5.0 pts, 6.0 reb, 1.0 ast)
PG - 0 Damian Lillard (18.0 pts, 4.0 reb, 4.3 ast)
G - 5 Steve Blake; 10 Tim Frazier; 3 CJ McCollum
F - 23 Allen Crabbe 33 Alonzo Gee; 11 Meyers Leonard
C - 19 Joel Freeland; 35 Chris Kaman
G - 2 Wesley Matthews (achilles) - out
F - 1 Dorell Wright (hand) - out
C - 35 Chris Kaman (ankle) - probable
PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points - LaMarcus Aldridge 25.7
Rebounds - LaMarcus Aldridge 11.7
Assists - Nicolas Batum 5.0
Steals - CJ McCollum 1.3
Blocks - LaMarcus Aldridge 3.3
FG - Allen Crabbe 80.0%
FT - Nicolas Batum 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%
NOTE: For the playoff stats after game 3, 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.
Memphis is looking to sweep the Blazers and punch their ticket to the Western Conference semifinals. They will have to do it without their floor general, Conley, who will undergo surgery to repair fractured bones in his face. Conley took an inadvertent elbow from McCollum in the second quarter of game 3, and was later taken to a Portland hospital. Gasol had his best game of the series in game with 25 points. Lee added 20 and has been a thorn in the Blazers side on both offense and defense in each game of the series. Randolph has been somewhat effective in the series, but could be due for a strong game any given night. Without Urdih in game 3, the Grizzlies turned to Calathes off the bench and he came through with 13 points. Allen and Green have had their moments, and Koufos has been affective in spelling Gasol and Randolph.
There is nothing like a due-or-die game, but Portland was not looking for game 4 to be it. Four Blazers scored 21 or more points in game 3, but there was little offensive punch elsewhere. Batum set a new career playoff high with 27 points, including going 6-12 from behind the arc. McCollum scored 26 with 10 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Lillard woke up and scored 22 to go along with his 9 assists and will need to at least duplicate that for the Blazers to have a chance. Aldridge struggled from the floor, but contributed 21 points 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Leonard, who had been a bright spot in the first two games, played just five minutes, which had fans scratching their heads regarding Stotts' substitution patterns. Lopez has focused on the defensive end of the floor, which has taken away from his offensive potency. Kaman did some nice things in his time on the court and the Blazers will need him even more in game 4.
THE GRIZZLIES WIN IF THEY
Defend the three, contain Lillard and force the Blazers to take contested shots.
THE BLAZERS WIN IF THEY
Lillard takes advantage of Conley's absence, make 12 threes and dish out at least 24 assists.
MATCH UP TO WATCH
Zach Randolph vs. LaMarcus Aldridge.
43 Danny Crawford
11 Derrick Collins
8 Marc Davis
59 Gary Zielinski (alternate)
Grizzlies center Marc Gasol: "Without Mike, without Beno, I know how competitive we are. I'm sure guys will be ready."
Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge: "I've got to give credit to Memphis, they definitely forced us into some tough shots. I was watching film from the first half: Every time I took a shot they had a guy right there, and sometimes three guys. They have some defensive goals and it's tough."
Wesley "Iron Man" Matthews delighted fans prior to game 3 when he entered the arena wearing a mask from the movie Iron Man. It was Matthews first appearance at Moda Center at the Rose Quarter for a game since he tore his Achilles on March 5 against the Dallas Mavericks.
Prior to Game four of the series between the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets on April 26, TNT listed their "Playoff News & Notes." Blazers fans can only acknowledge and shake their heads at former embattled Blazer Raymond Felton's "Food" injury.
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