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Blazers Beat the Grizzlies: The Haiku of Defeat

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The isolation!

They just couldn't run a play;

They cleared out and lost.

Here's your box score:


Final - 1.4.2013 1 2 3 4 Total
Portland Trail Blazers 24 23 25 14 86
Memphis Grizzlies 25 25 22 12 84

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Now, obviously, the haiku is complaining about isolation, but don't read that as an indictment of Rudy Gay. If the Grizzlies hadn't missed the last ten shots of the game -- seriously: they missed all ten of the last ten shots they took in the fourth quarter -- Rudy wouldn't have been in a situation where he had 2.3 seconds to try and make something happen with a contested jumper. The Grizzlies played hard tonight, but they made no shots.

At halftime, the Grizzlies were shooting 51.3%. They ended the game shooting 39.5%. That second half -- Marreese Speights' 18 second-half points notwithstanding -- was ugly.

We'll have some more in-depth recap coverage of this one later. For now, let's release some of our Grizzly angst with a haiku or two.

You can check out Blazer's Edge for the (probably cheerful) Portland reaction.