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The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 102-97, at the Rose Garden on Tuesday night, dropping Portland's record to 29-34.
Portland rides a couple of heroic efforts and plenty of chutzpah but the team play of Memphis plus the power of their punishing big players prove too much for the Blazers to overcome.
In a slow, somewhat boring game, the Portland Trail Blazers stayed close for most of the night, but couldn't overcome the talent and defense of the Memphis Grizzlies.
I still think "Express" would have been a great team name.
Several divergent strains are combining to make this night and this game important. Dave runs them down right here.