Game Thread GAME# 60: GRIZZLIES @ BLAZERS - APRIL 25, 2021 - SUNDAY, 1:00 PM, NBCSNW

Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by Darkwebs, Apr 23, 2021.

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Do you think the Grizzlies will finish ahead of the Blazers at season's end?

Poll closed Apr 25, 2021.
  1. Yes

    82.6%
  2. No

    17.4%
  1. Darkwebs

    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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    2020-21 REGULAR SEASON RECORD
    MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
    30 - 28
    (17-12 Road)
    PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

    32 - 27
    (16-15 Home)

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    PROBABLE STARTERS---------


    ---- MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES ----
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    JA MORANT (PG) , GRAYSON ALLEN (SG)

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    DILLON BROOKS (SF) , KYLE ANDERSON (PF)

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    XAVIER TILLMAN (C)


    ----PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS----
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    DAMIAN LILLARD (PG) , C.J. McCOLLUM (SG)

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    NORMAN POWELL (SF) , ROBERT COVINGTON (PF)

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    JUSUF NURKIC (C)

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    WHEN: 1:00 PM (PDT), SUNDAY, 4/25/2021

    WHERE: Moda Center, Portland, OR
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    -- MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES --
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    FRAZIER , JONES , MELTON
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    BANE , KONCHAR , McDERMOTT
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    WINSLOW , CLARKE
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    JACKSON Jr. , TILLIE


    ---- PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS ----
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    SIMONS , BLEVINS , ELLEBY
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    LITTLE , HOLLIS-JEFFERSON , JONES Jr.
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    ANTHONY , LEAF
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    GILES III , KANTER


    INJURIES

    GRIZZLIES
    Jonas Valanciunas (concussion protocol): QUESTIONABLE
    TRAIL BLAZERS
    Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture): OUT





    HEAD COACHES
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    TAYLOR JENKINS --- TERRY STOTTS




    :reading:OFFICIAL GRIZZLIES' GAME NOTES
    :reading: OFFICIAL BLAZERS' GAME NOTES






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  2. Darkwebs

    Darkwebs Awakened to emptiness Staff Member Moderator

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    Yet another one-posession loss. The slumping Blazers are on a 4-game slide, which matches their biggest losing streak of the season. They have lost 8 of their last 10 games. Yikes!

    I fully expect a revenge win here, but the damage has already been done. Portland has now fallen behind Dallas into the 7th spot, and if the season were to end today, the Blazers would be have to go through the Play-in to get into the Play-offs.

    Dallas has an easy remaining schedule and Portland has a tough one, so if the Blazers want to avoid the Play-in, they'll need to raise their level of play considerably. We've seen it in years past where they have gone on incredible runs in the latter part of a season, and they'll need to do it again if they want to get a ticket straight into the Play-offs.
     
  3. Natebishop3

    Natebishop3 Don't tread on me!

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    Take the L. Get a pick. Clean house.
     
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    KSF-ERIC Well-Known Member

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    We don’t have a pick in this draft. We aren’t going to fall to 11th. We’d be favored in play-in.
     
  5. EGame

    EGame "You're the only one of these fools I trust"

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    When does RHJ second 10-day contract expire? Does anyone think that he'll be signed for the rest of the season?
     
  7. HolyBackboard

    HolyBackboard 2 Hot 2 Stop It

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    Yes we do. It's Lottery protected through 2027. Right now, I'll take the Lottery Pick over a first round exit (again).
     
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    I hope not. We need a backup center who can give us 15 minutes of defense when we're facing teams who just abuse Kanter.
     
  9. Mr. Robot

    Mr. Robot Well-Known Member

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    isnt this b2b, thats what it says at espn
     
  10. blazerkor

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    We're playing the Grizz twice in a row but the first game was on Friday night and the second game is on Sunday afternoon. So in a way, we are playing them in back to back games but we are not playing back to back days which is usually what someone means when they say that we're playing b2b.

    When we here stats about the second night of a b2b, it has to do with fatigue because of the close proximity of the games. There are stats that talk about it and all sorts of things but this isn't one of those. This is just like when we played NOLA on 3/16 and 3/18. Neither of those games came the day after another but we did play the Pelicans twice in a row.
     
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  11. Mr. Robot

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    https://www.espn.com/nba/team/schedule/_/name/por

    then its mistake by espn

    or not, its an early sunday game, so its b2b, just not the b2b nights

    technically, in my country its b2b (but not b2b nights), as last game was played saturday morning (were 9 hours before portland, so it was friday night in portland) and sundays game will be at night 10.00 pm
     
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  12. stampedehero

    stampedehero Make Your Day, a Doobies Day Staff Member Moderator

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    Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers - Box Score - April 23, 2021 - ESPN<<<<and so it continues.
     
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    Who is going to stro it up for the Blazers? It seems unlikely we will get the monster game from Nurk in back to back games, so it will have to come from elsewhere.

    Meanwhile, the Melo Legacy Tour continues to sink the Blazers. 13 points in 19 minutes... and still a -12. Defense means nothing to sho many on this roster. MElo, MEj, Stotts... it's pathetic.
     
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    James lamphear Well-Known Member

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    If we don't make the playoffs then your in the lottery. So if we 9 or 10th we will be late lottery pick. Play-in games are not the playoffs.
     
  15. UKRAINEFAN

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    We might be favored, but there won't be much incentive to win. and at 10th place I think we have to win twice.
     
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    Portland was favored last night
     
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    My assumption is that we would have to lose in the play-in to retain our status as a lottery team.
     
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    ok...what would be the worst possible outcome for this season? (ignoring management and coaching ramifications)

    I'd say it would be losing their draft pick in what's considered an excellent draft, then getting curb-stomped 4-0 or 4-1 in the first round. So, is there much doubt that's exactly what will happen?

    I guess we can carry it a little further for those who like torture:

    1) losing their draft pick in what's considered an excellent draft, then getting curb-stomped 4-0 or 4-1 in the first round
    2) Olshey doesn't fire Stotts
    3) Seattle doesn't fire Olshey
    4) Powell and Jones opt out and sign elsewhere
    5) Olshey re-signs Zach for 15M/year
    6) Blazer broadcasting signs Jordan Kent to a 10-year deal
     
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    This is true and this is very possible the way we are playing. But get better chance we must stay 7 or 8 where we have two chances to go by winning 1 game. 9 or 10 has to win 2 games to go.
     
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    See, this is the kind of post that brings me hope because I just don't see it going the worst way possible by all six of your criteria. Right now this team is on such a downward trajectory that I wouldn't be surprised if we missed the playoffs and retained our pick. If that were to happen, I don't see how even Olshey would survive. Maybe the new GM would be able to talk Powell into re-signing (he's not opting in) and Jones opting in (he's not getting more money elsewhere). Obviously trading CJ would be part of the pitch to Powell.

    If I had to guess I would venture to say that terrible things 1 and 3 happen. We'll make the playoffs, get crushed in the first round and Olshey will save his job by doing whatever slimy thing he has to (in this case throwing Stotts under the bus even though Stotts is Olshey's fault). I don't think Olshey will be able to keep Powell because Olshey will keep on saying that CJ is untouchable but my gut tells me that if Olshey has a new coach in place, he'll sell DJ on the idea that the new coach will not only start him but use his strengths on offense instead of making him stand in the corner.
     

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