The Trail Blazers were given the ax last night as the Grizzlies blazed into the second round of the NBA playoffs. The game ended with a 99-93 defeat for Portland with the sounds of, “win or go home”, cascading in their ears.
The absence of the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley apparently had any bearing on their play. They entered the game with a stunning hunger to demolish the Trail Blazers quickly and wholeheartedly. They put up 10 unanswered points to begin the game. However, the Blazers had an answer for every curve propelled toward them by Memphis. They fought back to narrow the gap several times throughout the game before succumbing to the loss.
Various players contributed to the Grizzlies’ win at some point. Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, and Tony Allen all used their personal niches to cause problems for Portland down the stretch.
The Grizzlies are now staring into the eyes of a resting giant--the Golden State Warriors. Regardless of the final outcome, this series is sure to be an entertaining ride.