Grizzlies 109 - Trail Blazers 99
Memphis gained most of their advantage in the second quarter and hung tight with the Blazers elsewhere to secure a comfortable win in FedexForum, their seventh in a row at home. The Grizzlies did a nice job of finding and riding the hot hand tonight, and it made for a fun night in Memphis.
Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge put down 51 pts between themselves but needed a total of 44 shots to accomplish that feat. The Griz did a nice job of spreading out their production to mitigate the usual momentum that comes from that level of scoring.
The starting five for the Grizzlies were highly productive, shooting 52.3% for the night, and the Memphis bench chipped in a highly efficient 30 pts. Mike Miller continued his hot streak with a 60% shooting mark and Courtney Lee went en fuego and logged all 16 of his points in the second half. The stat sheet might not necessarily show it, but the Grizzlies were executing their aggression far better than the Blazers.
Grizz Nation should be celebrating and preparing themselves for a SEGABABA in New Orleans tomorrow, against a Pelicans team that has given the Grizzlies fits this season. That being said, a full strength squad of the Bears in Blue should be able to hang with a physical road game against a team that recently lost 8 consecutive games before beating up on 3 of the worst teams in the league.
The Grizzlies seem to be a hitting their stride at the right time of the season. They obviously adapt to Day Light Saving better than most.
PS: So I'm going to go ahead and eat crow for my Mo Williams lamentations earlier this season. Nick Calathes seems to be in a consistent, confident rhythm while Mo Williams left the game with an injury. Given the circumstances, it seems as though we've come out ahead in having to settle for Calathes.