The shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers blew a fourth-quarter lead against the even-more-shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies 88-86 in a deeply disheartening game. With Moe Harkless on the sidelines, Evan Turner started his first game in Portland. And with Mike Conley and Vince Carter missing for Memphis, the Grizzlies struggled to find points from anywhere on the floor. Marc Gasol was their only dominant offensive player. But Memphis ripped through a late 14-2 run to take the lead. With the game tied and the clock winding down, Damian Lillard clearly fouled Toney Douglas with 0.5 seconds left, and that sealed the Grizz win. The misfiring and poor-defending Blazers headed to the airport looking for answers.
The Blazers were led by CJ McCollum (24 points), Lillard (19 points), Evan Turner (15 points, 10 rebounds) and a resurgent Ed Davis (10 points, 10 assists) off the bench.
Two more games left on this road trip, Saturday in Indiana, then a Monday date across the US against the Clippers. Stay tuned this evening, as we’re going old-school with Dave Deckard analyzing tonight’s Blazer performance.