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Game 3 Open Thread: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers

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Time to learn if there is any hope left.

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports


After two straight lopsided losses in Memphis, the Portland Trail Blazers tip off at home for the first time this postseason.


The Blazers lost Game 1 by a score of 100-86, and Game 2 with a very similar score, 97-82.


Portland continues to be led by LaMarcus Aldridge, playing through a thumb injury to attempt to keep the team alive in each game. But the back court players, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Steve Blake, have seen extraordinary struggles to hit even open shots, leaving the team desperate for points.


Blazers shooting guard Arron Afflalo will return to the starting lineup for Game 3 after missing the end of the regular season and the playoffs so far. And backup center Chris Kaman, injured during practice earlier this weeks, hopes to return Saturday as well.


For the Grizzlies, Beno Udrih will miss the game.


If the Blazers can't come together and find a way to solve the riddle of the Grizzlies tonight, their hopes will be effectively over: No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven playoff series.


How To Watch Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies:


Location: Moda Center, Portland OR


Time: 7:30 pm, PDT


TV: ESPN | KGW (in Portland)


Online Streaming: WatchESPN (and ESPN apps for Android, Apple and Windows)


Radio: Rip City Radio, 620 am