Memphis Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers Blog: Love’ Em & Hate’ Em

Second Of 3 In A Row

The Grizzlies cruised into the Rose Garden riding a 7-game winning streak, but LaMarcus Aldridge‘s hot start was too much for Memphis’ tired legs as the Trail Blazers pushed their record to 11-7 with a 97-84 win on Tuesday.

Portland 97, Memphis 84
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Where: Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon
Officials: #74 Curtis Blair, #24 Mike Callahan, #63 Derek Richardson
Attendance: 20602

Portland applied the physical aspect of the game for the second outing in a row, and despite Memphis’ ability to force turnovers, they played miserably everywhere else.

Love’ Em

1. Marcus Camby

Just one night after being a non-factor for the second game in a row by picking up 3 personal fouls in 13 minutes, and contributing just 6 rebounds during his brief stay on the floor.

Camby becomes the transcendent star for one evening, ripping down 22 rebounds and adding 5 blocks, creating good  tempo for Portland’s transition game.

2. Cooling the hottest team in the league

 This was a big challenge and the Blazers stepped up to it. Once again defense made up for not taking good care of the ball. along with great playing performances inside.

Memphis vs. Portland

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers Blog: Love’ Em & Hate’ Em

All of the post-ups were working.

The ball movement was good as well and other than the 8 first quarter turnovers, a really good game.   

Hate’ Em

1. Turnovers and 3-pointers

The Blazers committed a ton of turnovers in the game, many in the passing lanes and many leading to fast breaks. Memphis will do that to you.

They also provided enough footage for the blooper reel from the arc, going  5-22 for a pitiful 23 percent.

 2. Marc Gasol

For winning the Western Conference player of the week award Monday, but then followed up with just seven points and 2-for-7 field-goal shooting.

Two wins in three nights provides a good backdrop for Wednesday’s game at Golden State. Fatigue shouldn’t be an issue, as it is a short flight and all five starters should be feeling good after playing between just 30-32 minutes against Memphis.

If the Blazers win, it’ll be something — a back-to-back-to-back sweep.


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