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Grizzlies doing it to Portland here in game 1 http://t.co/vCCVusyTDN
Blazers obviously dealing with tons of injuries but Lillard hasn't shown up yet. He's playing as if he's hurt.
ZBo did a nice job of bullying LMA out to the 3 point line on that post catch.
Feels like a solid 75% of POR possessions have involved a high-arcing post entry pass to LMA
He painted Kevin Love?
Would've really loved it if Bob Ross lived long enough to paint some happy bushes while thrusting techno beats pulsate
Also, I don't want to spoil anything, but I can tell you Natch will get his comeuppance from Grizz.
Through one half: Hoop City >>>>> Rip City
Halftime show, Beno will catch bowls on his head while riding a unicycle.
19 point Grizzlies lead seems about right. Blazers have been a complete mess. Chris Kaman their best player. That's not great.
That's the half, Griz 58, Blazers 39.
That was almost Steph Curry-esque, Mike. Except for that last part.
Courtney Lee hasn't hit 2 three pointers in the first half of a game since January 26th. He's only done it 3 times in a full game since 3/14
Griz point guards, 22 points, 5 assists. Portland point guards, 5 points, 4 assists.
Just saw this bein held up in stands. http://t.co/aJUxnr46TO
Speed dribble by Conley. Looks like he's got that burst. And he's really defended Lillard on ball very, very well. Easily a top 2 Griz PG.
Mike drives, gets bucket, foul and then . . . flexes. Because Memphis.
Daily double for Kaman - destroyed Conley on the screen, then gets the OReb.
Vince Carter performance thus far not really inspiring a great deal of confidence that he's been sitting on untapped wells of lively energy.
Damian Lillard taking wild shots and has misfired on first 6 attempts
Conley stuffed Lillard on that drive. On one injured foot. Lillard's been terrible to start this game.
Now Vince Carter is making shots? What a world!
Yellow card for Rolo, please.
Beno just en Fuego tonight
The Beno Udrih Takeover. He's 6 for 6 from the field with 13 points off the bench
People are telling Beno to shoot when he's standing on the bear. He'd probably make it.
My next puppy: Beno.
I always remember what Beno told me after the Blazers game in January - "Basketball's an easy game if you make it easy."
Beno has 4 field goals on 4 attempts. Aldridge and Lillard combined for 3 field goals on 15 attempts. Advantage Grizzlies. 25-15 after 1
At this rate, Portland's going to struggle to hit 100 in both games combined here at the Forum.
One of Grizzlies coaches told me Aldridge is best first qtr guy in league at 64%. He was 3/11 in first qtr.
I'd say the Blazers were pretty POR that quarter. (I'm so sorry)
Aldridge and Lillard have 9 points in 20 minutes. Beno has 8 in 4.
Beno - 4 made baskets (out of 4) Blazers - 6 made baskets (out of 24) Grizzlies up 10, probably the lowest possible lead.
BENO THE MID-RANGE ASSASSIN
I wish I could do anything as well as Beno shoots the leaner.
Very interested to see what sort of Vince Carter performance we see tonight. Has a huge bearing.
LaMarcus Aldridge on pace for like 45 shots and maybe 25 points
Now that Tony has checked in, the rest of the Grizzlies can stop missing layups. He's got that.
Tony Allen checking in, if you wondered what that roar was.
Here comes Tony Allen. Hide the wife and kids
Mike Conley. Beep, beep.
Energy in FedExForum is electric....but lots of empty seats
I don't know how this is a 2 point game. Grizzlies really squandering a very slow Blazers start.
Marc and Zach combine to take Grizzlies first 5 shots. I'd say they're trying to set the tone for the series
Game time. http://t.co/7Zo4gywbWf
Brick, turnover, turnover to start. A good ol' ZBo bullyball backdown settles things.
Prediction: Grizzlies win tonight and win series in 5
Rather late arriving playoff crowd. Traffic issues?
Legggggggooooooooo. Think Grizz win by double-digits
We see you Robin http://t.co/p5wIqZh9fz
Jeff Green listed as starter for Griz alongside Conley, Lee, Z-Bo and Gasol....CJ McCollum starting for Blazers instead of Allen Crabe
Asked Joerger if he had a read on which Marc Gasol he’ll see:“I would say the one we always see in the playoffs. Engaged and in attack mode”
A beautiful day, crawfish festival and a Grizzlies playoff game is just about a perfect storm
Fans seem ready. http://t.co/vFc09Z3Je1
Arron Afflalo is out tonight. Tony Allen and Mike Conley are game-time decisions, but I expect them to give it a go.
As expected, Tony Allen and Mike Conley will go for Griz
Blazers coach Terry Stotts says Aaron Afflalo will not play in Game 1 vs Griz
No Afflalo officially, per Terry Stotts.
Heading downtown for this game & it feels like Christmas. The playoffs just bring a completely different level of excitement.
Roll-call shoutout what section are you rapping tonight
You had one job, Spurs.
Remember to hydrate because playoff fresh causes dehydration
Don't screw this up, Tottenham. We're a disgrace to the sport. Please, heap on the misery.