Grizzlies, Blazers travel to Portland for Game 3

( – The Portland Trail Blazers will have their opportunity
to get back in the series Saturday night when the Memphis Grizzlies visit the
Moda Center for Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinals.

The Blazers, who are the fourth seed by virtue of winning the Northwest
Division, but don’t have homecourt advantage because Memphis finished with a
better regular-season record, have had a tough go of it through two games.

After a 14-point loss in Game 1, the Blazers played a little better, but still
fell to the ultra-physical Grizzlies, 97-82, in Wednesday’s Game 2. Portland
is averaging just 84 ppg in this series.

“Obviously it’s disappointing to lose but we played a much better game than we
did in Game 1,” said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. “We showed signs
that when we go back to Portland, continue to improve and give them a shot in

Mike Conley shook off the throbbing pain in his right foot to help the
Grizzlies to another easy victory. Conley had 18 points and six assists and
went 6-for-11 from the field.

He missed the last four games of the regular season with a sprained right

Marc Gasol posted 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Zach Randolph
provided 10 points and 10 boards and Courtney Lee netted 18 points for
Memphis, which took its first 2-0 playoff series lead in franchise history.

“We are going to try to break down the game, the things we did right today and
the things that we did wrong, and the adjustments they made from Game 1 to
Game 2,” said Gasol. “We are going to try to dissect everything and just take
it one possession at a time. We aren’t going to look at it big picture yet. We
are going to try to take it as small as we can and try to attack them where we
feel we can do a really good job on both ends of the floor.”

LaMarcus Aldridge tallied 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Portland, which
was without Arron Afflalo and Chris Kaman due to injury. Afflalo was held out
for a fifth straight game due to a right shoulder strain.

Afflalo declared he will play on Saturday.

Blazers star guard Damian Lillard struggled from the floor again, scoring 18
points on 5-of-16 shooting after going 5-of-21 from the field in Game 1.
Lillard is 1-of-11 from beyond the arc so far in the series.

“It’s one of those situations where you’ve got to keep playing,” said Lillard.
“They’re doing a great job defensively. I’m trying to figure out the
coverages, listening to the way they communicate to figure out what they’re
trying to do. The looks that I am getting are the shots that I’ve got to be
able to make. It’s obviously not helping my team and I’ve got to stick with

Memphis is 6-0 against the Blazers this season, including two wins in

Game 4 will be Monday night.