Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers blog: love ’em & hate ’em

Blazers Finish Strong Against Memphis

The Portland TrailBlazers looked down and out earlier this week against Milwaukee, but the Blazers bounced back with a big fourth quarter to knock off the Memphis Grizzlies last night.

Portland 97, Memphis 93
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 22, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #71 Rodney Mott, #31 Scott Wall
Attendance: 20636

It was a tight game all the way, but the Blazers came up with the stops when they needed to, and they knocked down free throws better than anyone could ever imagine.

In the end, the Blazers won 97-93 over a solid Memphis team who sits fourth in the Western Conference playoff standings.

Love ’Em

1. Perfect Free Throw Shooting

There is no doubt that free throw shooting decides many tight games in the NBA. Thursday night the Blazers won a game because of their amazing free throw shooting. Portland went an amazing 25 for 25 from the free throw line as a team.

It was a close game at the end, but Portland gave Memphis virtually no chance because they literally never missed a free throw.

It’s very tough to come from behind when a team can’t miss from the line.

2. Ball Movement

A real problem area for the Blazers this year has been the lack of ball movement on offense, but they had no such problem last night. The Blazers had 22 assists on 31 field goals. Raymond Felton led the way with nine assists and zero turnovers. This is a much more dangerous team when they move the ball around offensively.

Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trailblazers Love 'em & Hate 'em - (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

3. Wesley Matthews

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Wesley Matthews is playing much better since the coaching change. Matthews scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds in last night’s win.

He also led the team with three steals.

Hate ’Em

1. Rebounding

Memphis grabbed 13 offensive rebounds, while the Blazers had just eight. The Grizzlies guards were able to get second chance opportunities several times, which isn’t a good sign.

2. Points in the Paint

Memphis outscored the Blazers 48-22 inside the paint. Portland shot it extremely well from beyond the arc last night so it didn’t matter this time, but allowing the opponent to have such an advantage in the paint is very dangerous.

Portland gets right back after with a game tonight at Staples Center against the Lakers.

Memphis Portland
Fast Break Points 12 Fast Break Points 2
Points in the Paint 48 Points in the Paint 22
Biggest Lead 7 Biggest Lead 7



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