Chris Vernon

Cut it out, BENO! Women are passin out in here

Peter Edmiston

BENO IS JUST MURDERING BLAZERS

Geoff Calkins

Z-Bo. Z-Bo, says the crowd, while the man himself thumps his chest. Good sign.

Peter Edmiston

Blazers going to need Natch the Bear to hit several Grizzlies with actual chairs.

Geoff Calkins

If fairness, when Lillard said he'd show up, he didn't specify when.

Geoff Calkins

Griz announcing a sellout. A for all the talk of empty seats early, it might actually be a sellout.

Peter Edmiston

Mike Conley's playing with an injury that feels like he's stepping on a golf ball, Lillard's playing as if he's stepping on a sea urchin

Eli Savoie

Grizzlies doing it to Portland here in game 1 http://t.co/vCCVusyTDN

Peter Edmiston

Blazers obviously dealing with tons of injuries but Lillard hasn't shown up yet. He's playing as if he's hurt.

Peter Edmiston

ZBo did a nice job of bullying LMA out to the 3 point line on that post catch.

Chip Crain

This just happened, Grizz owner @RobertPera gave his celebrity all star game jersey and shorts to @BeauregardJones http://t.co/HKqVDFh3r1

Peter Edmiston

Feels like a solid 75% of POR possessions have involved a high-arcing post entry pass to LMA

Chip Crain

Halftime painter with a @Marc Gasol http://t.co/xFa0AbZt5N

Peter Edmiston

Would've really loved it if Bob Ross lived long enough to paint some happy bushes while thrusting techno beats pulsate

Geoff Calkins

Also, I don't want to spoil anything, but I can tell you Natch will get his comeuppance from Grizz.

Eli Savoie

Through one half: Hoop City >>>>> Rip City

Geoff Calkins

Halftime show, Beno will catch bowls on his head while riding a unicycle.

Peter Edmiston

19 point Grizzlies lead seems about right. Blazers have been a complete mess. Chris Kaman their best player. That's not great.

Geoff Calkins

That's the half, Griz 58, Blazers 39.

Peter Edmiston

That was almost Steph Curry-esque, Mike. Except for that last part.

Peter Edmiston

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

Geoff Calkins

Griz point guards, 22 points, 5 assists. Portland point guards, 5 points, 4 assists.

Chris Vernon

Just saw this bein held up in stands. http://t.co/aJUxnr46TO

Peter Edmiston

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.

Geoff Calkins

Mike drives, gets bucket, foul and then . . . flexes. Because Memphis.

Peter Edmiston

Daily double for Kaman - destroyed Conley on the screen, then gets the OReb.

Peter Edmiston

Vince Carter performance thus far not really inspiring a great deal of confidence that he's been sitting on untapped wells of lively energy.

Ronald Tillery

Damian Lillard taking wild shots and has misfired on first 6 attempts

Peter Edmiston

Conley stuffed Lillard on that drive. On one injured foot. Lillard's been terrible to start this game.

Peter Edmiston

Now Vince Carter is making shots? What a world!

Peter Edmiston

Yellow card for Rolo, please.

Chip Crain

Beno just en Fuego tonight

Ronald Tillery

The Beno Udrih Takeover. He's 6 for 6 from the field with 13 points off the bench

Peter Edmiston

People are telling Beno to shoot when he's standing on the bear. He'd probably make it.

Peter Edmiston

I always remember what Beno told me after the Blazers game in January - "Basketball's an easy game if you make it easy."

Eli Savoie

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

Peter Edmiston

At this rate, Portland's going to struggle to hit 100 in both games combined here at the Forum.

Chris Vernon

One of Grizzlies coaches told me Aldridge is best first qtr guy in league at 64%. He was 3/11 in first qtr.

Peter Edmiston

I'd say the Blazers were pretty POR that quarter. (I'm so sorry)

Geoff Calkins

Aldridge and Lillard have 9 points in 20 minutes. Beno has 8 in 4.

Peter Edmiston

Beno - 4 made baskets (out of 4) Blazers - 6 made baskets (out of 24) Grizzlies up 10, probably the lowest possible lead.

Chris Vernon

BENO THE MID-RANGE ASSASSIN

Geoff Calkins

I wish I could do anything as well as Beno shoots the leaner.

Peter Edmiston

Very interested to see what sort of Vince Carter performance we see tonight. Has a huge bearing.

Chip Crain

Got to love @jtimberlake http://t.co/LgO6mC1gJ6

Peter Edmiston

LaMarcus Aldridge on pace for like 45 shots and maybe 25 points

Geoff Calkins

Now that Tony has checked in, the rest of the Grizzlies can stop missing layups. He's got that.

Geoff Calkins

Tony Allen checking in, if you wondered what that roar was.

Chris Vernon

Here comes Tony Allen. Hide the wife and kids

Geoff Calkins

Mike Conley. Beep, beep.

Ronald Tillery

Energy in FedExForum is electric....but lots of empty seats

Peter Edmiston

I don't know how this is a 2 point game. Grizzlies really squandering a very slow Blazers start.

Eli Savoie

Marc and Zach combine to take Grizzlies first 5 shots. I'd say they're trying to set the tone for the series

Geoff Calkins

Game time. http://t.co/7Zo4gywbWf

Peter Edmiston

Brick, turnover, turnover to start. A good ol' ZBo bullyball backdown settles things.

Eli Savoie

Prediction: Grizzlies win tonight and win series in 5

Peter Edmiston

Rather late arriving playoff crowd. Traffic issues?

Chris Vernon

Legggggggooooooooo. Think Grizz win by double-digits

Chip Crain

We see you Robin http://t.co/p5wIqZh9fz

Ronald Tillery

Jeff Green listed as starter for Griz alongside Conley, Lee, Z-Bo and Gasol....CJ McCollum starting for Blazers instead of Allen Crabe

Ronald Tillery

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”

Eli Savoie

A beautiful day, crawfish festival and a Grizzlies playoff game is just about a perfect storm

Chip Crain

He is ready @Marc Gasol http://t.co/pRKH4GUOI6

Peter Edmiston

Just saw @Damian Lillard go out of his way to take a pictures with two kids (Griz fans, too). Had to wait, kid didn't have it ready. Very nice

Geoff Calkins

Fans seem ready. http://t.co/vFc09Z3Je1

Chip Crain

Just talked to @Mike Conley and he is ready http://t.co/Lcq50xDYef

Geoff Calkins

Arron Afflalo is out tonight. Tony Allen and Mike Conley are game-time decisions, but I expect them to give it a go.

Ronald Tillery

As expected, Tony Allen and Mike Conley will go for Griz

Ronald Tillery

Blazers coach Terry Stotts says Aaron Afflalo will not play in Game 1 vs Griz

Peter Edmiston

No Afflalo officially, per Terry Stotts.

Chip Crain

Downtown is out strong already representing for #GrizzNation the sun is out, the time is now, why not us.

Chip Crain

Heading downtown for this game & it feels like Christmas. The playoffs just bring a completely different level of excitement.

Chris Herrington

Orange and peach phosphate. Pre-game milling about at A.Schwab. instagram.com/p/1q34PsHwyW/

Ronald Tillery

It's not a football Sunday but Griz coach Dave Joerger wants an all-out blitz on the Blazers in Game 1 gogrizzlies.com

Chip Crain

What will this year hold? #ThePlayOffsAreComing http://t.co/vC4N1tCj22

Chip Crain

Everyone is ready for the playoffs, even the furry ones #ThePlayOffsAreComing http://t.co/RLeqrLMMpJ

Chris Herrington

Guns N Roses pinball is operational at Rec Room and it is awesome. instagram.com/p/1qjWrLnwwA/

Chip Crain

Roll-call shoutout what section are you rapping tonight

Beno Udrih

Took this yesterday & wanted to share it with u so here we go #GrizzNation!!! #GNG #TogetherWeRise #MemphisVsErrbody http://t.co/KwXFpjdANW

Peter Edmiston

Good to see Tim Krul is one of us. #BoycottSpurs

Chip Crain

Remember to hydrate because playoff fresh causes dehydration

Peter Edmiston

Don't screw this up, Tottenham. We're a disgrace to the sport. Please, heap on the misery.