Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Apr. 7th: Blazers vs Grizzlies

Just reaching the playoffs for the first time in six years isn't good enough for the Portland Trail Blazers, who still have a chance to open the postseason at home.
The Trail Blazers look to rebound from a tough loss Tuesday night and run their winning streak over the Memphis Grizzlies to seven games.

Portland (48-28) secured its first playoff berth since 2003 before even taking the court Sunday by virtue of Phoenix losing to Dallas earlier in the day. The Trail Blazers reached the playoffs in every season between 1983 and 2003 before the postseason drought.

The Blazers haven't lost back-to-back games since falling to Houston and San Antonio on Feb. 24 and 25. They've won six straight over the Grizzlies (22-54), including three this season, and have won their last four visits to Memphis.

The Grizzlies, though, have played well recently. They matched a season high with their fourth straight win Saturday, 107-102 over Milwaukee.

Rudy Gay scored 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting and Marc Gasol added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Memphis trailed by four at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Bucks 38-18 in the second.

The Grizzlies, who are 28th in the NBA in scoring at 93.9 points per game, have averaged 110.0 in the last four contests.

Includes last minutes of New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls

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