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April 26, 2015 Updates

Greg Oden could be preparing himself for another NBA comeback attempt. If he does, Mike Conley wouldn't be surprised. "He's talked about that he's not ready to leave the game. I can tell you that," Conley said. "He wants to play." The Memphis Grizzlies point guard and Oden have been close friends since their childhood days in Indiana. The two were basketball teammates through middle school, AAU, high school and college. Oregonian

Conley said the two stay in touch. "He texted me after Game 1 (of the playoff series against Portland). He told me 'Good game,' " Conley said. "I see him every time I go back to Columbus in the summertime." Oregonian

And after Game 2 in Memphis, Olshey gave the team the option to stay the night and fly home on the team charter, or return to Portland on their own. Take it for what it's worth, but only one player wasn't on the team charter: Aldridge. "I didn't want to stay in that hotel one more night,'' Aldridge said on Saturday. "So I bought my own ticket and flew home.'' Having stayed in Memphis hotels, I don't halfway blame Aldridge for wanting to get back to Portland as soon as possible. But it also doesn't scream brotherhood, or togetherness, either. Oregonian

Memphis took a 3-0 lead in its first-round playoff series against Portland with a 115-109 victory on Saturday night. But it came with a cost: Conley left the game in the third quarter with a facial injury and was hospitalized for further evaluation. The Grizzlies were already without backup point guard Beno Udrih, who sprained his right ankle in Game 2 and sat out Saturday's game. Game 4 is set for Monday in Portland. "Without Mike, without Beno, I know how competitive we are," said Marc Gasol. "I'm sure guys will be ready." USA Today Sports

Conley, who had 14 points, went down on the court after he appeared to be caught by Portland guard CJ McCollum's elbow while going after a loose ball. Conley stayed on his hands and knees for several moments before heading to the locker room with a towel to his face. The Grizzlies said he was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. No other details were immediately available. Conley later posted to Twitter: "Proud of my guys for stepping up! Huge win tonight. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. I will be fine!" USA Today Sports

Warriors forward David Lee served as a spectator during the first-round series against the Pelicans, but he is ready to play after recovering from a lower back strain. In a potential Western Conference semifinal series against Memphis, which leads its first-round series against Portland 3-0, Lee could very well see action. Draymond Green picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter of each of the Warriors' past two wins against Memphis and was replaced by Lee, who ended up playing double-digit minutes in both games. "It's a team that plays big and that we're going to need every big on the roster ready to go, myself included," Lee said of Memphis. San Jose Mercury-News

April 25, 2015 Updates

All in all, Randolph remembered, they intended for this player to one day assume the mantle as the next dominant Trail Blazers power forward, a role Randolph then occupied, that had been handed down from Wallace before him. LaMarcus Aldridge would extend a proud lineage. He was "up next." "Um, I'm glad Zach knew, because when I was drafted, all I heard was, 'He's a project, he's soft,'" Aldridge said this week, as his Trail Blazers trail Randolph's Grizzlies 2-0 in a Western Conference first-round series that resumes Saturday at Portland's Moda Center. "And I didn't play [that first year]. I was in and out of the lineup. So I'm glad Zach knew, because I definitely didn't know." It seems unlikely, if not impossible, that Aldridge didn't know management's intentions when he first came aboard. But the news hit him like a ton of bricks when Randolph's recollection was shared with him before a postseason practice. ESPN.com

McMillan remembered the relationship between those two players as positive and supportive, even though it easily could've gone the other way. "Zach could've really been a nasty guy, had a nasty attitude about these young guys who were coming to take his position with this organization," McMillan said. "He knows they're going to be the future of the organization because he was once in that same position when he came in and Rasheed and those guys were there. He could've had an attitude toward the organization, but he didn't." ESPN.com

April 23, 2015 Updates

His shot is off. His pace has been rushed. And the combination of Mike Conley and Beno Udrih have run circles around him and the Blazers' defensive schemes. "Obviously,'' Lillard said, "I'm not helping the team. But I have to stick with it.'' Oregonian

 

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