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PBT Extra matchups to watch: Can Memphis keep Damian Lillard in check?

Damian Lillard, Marc Gasol

Damian Lillard, Marc Gasol


In Game 1 of the Portland vs. Memphis series, not only did Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley play, but he also moved incredibly well. Especially for a guy battling a foot injury through the end of the season. Then there was Tony Allen, who was back and looking sharp for Memphis.

All that spelled trouble for Damian Lillard, and Portland as a whole.

Lillard shot 5-of-21, harassed at times, and with that forcing the issue and missing his shots. Portland has LaMarcus Aldridge, but he has his own challenges with the Grizzlies front line of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Aldridge played Memphis to a standstill up front, but Memphis won the backcourt game.

Lillard is key in Game 2. Can he keep getting into the paint (he did that fairly well) and this time finish when he does? If so, Portland can make Game 2 interesting, if not they will go home for Game 3 in a deep hole.