Finally, the Memphis Grizzlies returned home to FedEx Forum following a very successful, historic road trip. This time playing a very familiar foe in the Portland Trail Blazers, whom the Grizzlies will have played three times in their last four games. With huge playoff implications on the line, could the Grizzlies sweep the season series against Portland, and edge closer to seventh in the West?
Grizzlies big man Jonas Valanciunas started the Grizzlies offense, but in multiple ways. He didn’t do a lot around the rim, but from the mid-range, and three point land. Jonas shot 4/4 in the first quarter, and dropping nine first quarter points.
Outside of Valanciunas, the Grizzlies struggled on both ends of the floor to find any kind of consistency as Damian Lillard started to heat up against Memphis. The Trail Blazers led Memphis 38-23 after one quarter at FedEx Forum.
The Grizzlies rough end to the first quarter would rear its ugly head in the second quarter at FedEx Forum. A 15-point Blazers lead would turn into a 31-point lead in the second quarter at one point. The Grizzlies couldn’t get a defensive stop, and offensively couldn’t hit shots that they would normally make. Portland outscored the Grizzlies 36-23 in the second quarter as the Grizzlies trailed Portland 74-46 at the half in Memphis.
A better offensive quarter from the Grizzlies in the third quarter as they came out trailing by 28 points. Memphis had a little bit more energy, and look a little bit more free on the offensive end, as their defense fueled their offense. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies were down so much, but were able to cut that huge Portland lead down to 19 at the end of three. Portland led Memphis 102-83 heading to the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies regressed to the mean in the fourth quarter, as the Trail Blazers came out of the gates attacking offensively. Memphis couldn’t string consecutive stops defensively to fuel any kind of offense in the fourth quarter as Memphis would drop their second straight. Memphis would fall at FedEx Forum to the Trail Blazers 130-109.
The Grizzlies will be back in action on Friday night as they look to get back on track against the Orlando Magic at FedEx Forum.