Game 5 - Blazers at Grizzlies, April 29, 6:30 p.m. Apr 28, 2015 13:31:32 GMT -8
Post by DiamondThief on Apr 28, 2015 13:31:32 GMT -8
Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies
What: The Blazers are back in the land of Graceland for game 5 against the Grizzlies.
When: Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 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, 3-1.
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 5 p.m. Following the game on KGW, CSNNW will air Talkin' Ball followed by Trail Blazers Pulse.
Pictured above: Blazers' Meyers Leonard; Grizzlies' Marc Gasol.
Links: Kasey takes a look at the ridiculous and false claims of fans jumping off the bandwagon.
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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.
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.
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.
Game 4 -- April 27: Blazers 99, Grizzlies 92
Grizzlies: Marc Gasol 21 pts; Tony Allen 10 reb; Marc Gasol 6 ast.
Blazers: Damian Lillard 32 pts; Nicolas Batum/Meyers Leonard 13 reb; Damian Lillard 7 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 - Blazers 94.0; Grizzlies 101.0
Rebounds - Blazers 45.8; Grizzlies 41.8
Assists - Blazers 17.5; Grizzlies 19.2
Steals - Blazers 4.0; Grizzlies 6.5
Blocks - Blazers 4.8; Grizzlies 6.2
Turnovers - Blazers 10.7; Grizzlies 7.0
FG - Blazers 39.9%; Grizzlies 44.3%
FT - Blazers 84.3%; Grizzlies 87.5%
3PT - Blazers 33.7%; Grizzlies 45.8%
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' Jeff Green; Blazers' CJ McCollum
SF - 9 Tony Allen (5.0 pts, 6.6 reb, 1.0 ast)
PF - 30 Zach Randolph (13.5 pts, 8.5 reb, 1.8 ast)
C - 33 Marc Gasol (19.0 pts, 8.0 reb, 5.5 ast)
SG - 5 Courtney Lee (16.5 pts, 3.0 reb, 1.5 ast)
PG - 12 Nick Calathes (6.8 pts, 1.8 reb, 1.5 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
PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points - Marc Gasol 19.0
Rebounds - Zach Randolph 8.5
Assists - Marc Gasol 5.5
Steals - Tony Allen 1.8
Blocks - Marc Gasol 2.5
FG - Kosta Koufos 70.0%
FT - Zach Randolph 100.0%
3pt - Nick Calathes 66.7%
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 (16.3 pts, 8.3 reb, 4.8 ast)
PF - 12 LaMarcus Aldridge (23.8 pts, 11.8 reb, 2.0 ast)
C - 42 Robin Lopez (5.5 pts, 4.5 reb, 0.8 ast)
SG - 4 Arron Afflalo (2.5 pts, 3.5 reb, 1.0 ast)
PG - 0 Damian Lillard (21.5 pts, 3.5 reb, 5.0 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
PLAYOFF STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points - LaMarcus Aldridge 23.8
Rebounds - LaMarcus Aldridge 11.8
Assists - Damian Lillard 5.0
Steals - CJ McCollum 1.5
Blocks - LaMarcus Aldridge 2.5
FG - Meyers Leonard 73.%
FT - Robin Lopez 100.0%
3pt - Meyers Leonard 87.5%
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 4, we are using minimums of at least five each of field goals, free throws and three-pointers for the percentage leaders. 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.
Portland is fighting for its post-season life and was able to extend it with the game four win. The story of the game was the Blazers' last three lottery picks, Lillard, Leonard and McCollum. Lillard exploded for 32 points, mostly by driving inside and being opportunistic. Leonard posted a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards, but his defense on Gasol was his real highlight. McCollum put together his second strong game, shooting 8-12 from the field and 2-2 from three. Aldridge and Batum had their struggles shooting, but were terrific on the boards and on the defensive end of the floor. Lopez's main job is defense and he's battled Gasol well throughout the series. Afflalo seems to be re-acclimating himself since coming back from injury. He could be a threat for a strong offensive game any given night.
Memphis would love nothing more than to close out the series at home, but they are clearly missing the defense of Conley, who is likely to be out after having facial surgery on April 27. Gasol has put up decent numbers, but Lopez and Leonard made him work for everything in game 6. Aldridge has largely kept Randolph in check, but the former Blazer is still a threat. Lee continues to hurt the Blazers, shooting 8-11 in game 3. The problem for the Blazers is they are giving him open looks from the outside. Calathes was serviceable in Conley's place, but he's not the defender Conley is. Udrih has scored in double figures in all three series games in which he has played. Allen gathered a team-high 10 rebounds in game 3, but is not much of an offensive threat. Green had an off night from the field, but he is a danger to go off.
THE BLAZERS WIN IF THEY
Defend the three, Lillard scores 25 points and the bench scores at least 30 points.
THE GRIZZLIES WIN IF THEY
Find a defensive answer for McCollum, get either Gasol or Randolph going and hold the Blazers to 90 points.
MATCH UP TO WATCH
CJ McCollum vs Beno Udrih.
41 Ken Mauer
45 Brian Forte
13 Ed Malloy
16 David Guthrie (alternate)
Blazers guard Damian Lillard: "I think since the last game when we went 0-3, the big thing we've been talking about is having heart and playing with pride - and just not being swept. Everybody's always saying, `Nobody's ever done it, coming back from 0-3.' We didn't want to focus on that. We wanted to focus on just today, and doing everything we had to do to give ourselves a chance to keep playing."
Grizzlies Zach Randolph: "When you're up 10 points with 6 minutes in the game in this league, you got to finish. Especially in these circumstances and what we're playing for. So it's frustrating."
Check out this Highlight Reel from my father-daughter Blazers night out which included game 4, starting with the band out front of Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, and continuing with game action and the final shot of me as we prepare to head home. - Angi
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