Not every game can be a classic. The short-staffed Blazers fell to the the always-undermanned Grizzlies, giving up a late surge despite holding a small lead most of the night. With Damian Lillard in Portland for the birth of his child and Moe Harkless out with knee surgery, CJ McCollum had a big night with 42 points, but it just wasn’t enough.
Here were a few essentials from a very non-essential game.
- Not Exactly Playoff Intensity. With the Grizzlies actively tanking, and the Blazers missing key players, both teams were just trying to get through this game intact. For both front offices, they got the result they didn’t want.
- Almost literally unconscious. No, we’re not talking about Mike Conley’s commentary on the Grizz broadcast. We’re talking about Memphis finding a way to look like Stephen Curry behind the three-point line. They nailed 13 of their 25 shots from downtown, while Portland hit... 8 of their 30 attempts? That can’t be right, can it? Apparently it is. That’s what decided this game.
- Alec Would Be So Proud. Wade Baldwin got rotation minutes tonight due to the injury list. And he made the most of it, scoring a career-high 15 points. Against his old team, he led a fourth-quarter surge to keep Portland ahead for a while, and turned heads in Portland. Take a look for yourself.
- You’ll See These Plays In Future Highlight Reels. The Blazers had a couple wild plays tonight, from Jusuf Nurkic and Pat Connaughton. Check ‘em out.
Home for the Blazers! They have a Friday night date with the Clippers.