Who: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Where: FedexForum in Memphis, TN
When: 7:00PM CT
How to Listen: 92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
How to Watch: FoxSports Southeast
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The Blazers took their own little nosedive after beating the Grizzlies last Thursday and now sit on a 3-game losing streak. Damian Lillard is shooting 51% from three in the month of November. C.J. McCollum is averaging 20 points a game but has gone cold from long range since playing Memphis. Meyer's Leonard suffered a dislocated shoulder on Wednesday and could miss 4-6 weeks if not shut it down completely and go with surgery. We're likely to see some Ed Davis or Blazers' small ball to compensate.
Recently for Memphis
Signs of life. There is brain activity after all. It feels odd to celebrate a 16-point loss to Golden State, but that's how the tone resonates right now with fans. The Grizzlies continue to get anyone shooting well from outside (or inside, really) and they're now without the services of Brandan Wright for a while. The pressure's on Mike Conley to step up, and the Grizzlies hope the swap of Mario Chalmers for Beno Udrih will give Mike a little more support in finding his rhythm.
Keys to the Game
- Be aware of the skill sets of your opponent. Last week when these teams played the Grizzlies were caught cheating off of 3-pt shooters to shade Mason Plumlee and other players who aren't threats from outside. With Meyers Leonard out they've got fewer threats to deal with so hopefully we see some discipline on defense.
- Let JaMychal Green run wild. The guy is ready to take the next step, and a vote of confidence from the coaching staff while Brandan Wright is out is important. Give him minutes and let him play his game. Things shall be happening!
- Make shots? The Grizzlies have one player shooting over 50% from the field and that's Brandan Wright, the guy who is "out for a while." Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph need to abuse their matchups on lighter foes tonight; there's no reason they shouldn't be getting to the rim. If the Grizzlies are an "inside-out" team then they've got to hit the high % shots they hang their hats on. Marc has been especially inefficient on the interior compared to his numbers last year.