The Grizzlies have one of the best defenses in the league and they showed it off to the Blazers first hand on Wednesday. In Grind City the Grizzlies help Portland to a season-low 83 points and 36% shooting from the field. Now the Blazers limp back home after an 0-2 road trip to take on the league's best team, the 22-7 Toronto Raptors.
Here are some quick thoughts from our reporters on the scene...
Dwight Jaynes, Trail Blazers' Insider: Nothing but Lillard and CJ isos in the final three or four minutes. Another late game breakdown. Ugly loss.
Jamie Hudson, Trail Blazers' Reporter: Without CJ McCollum on Wednesday night in Memphis it would've been a really ugly game for the Blazers. Just as we have seen in the last couple games, the Blazers ran out of gas in the fourth. It looked like for both Jusuf Nurkic and Damian Lillard, the second night of a back-to-back was not only effecting their legs, but their shots as well, but you also give credit to the Memphis defense.
Peter Socotch, Producer on the Road: CJ McCollum continues his dominance against the Grizzlies. And while his 40 points were impressive, it came out of basic survival for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard couldn't get his shot to drop, even after he changed shoes at halftime. Nurkic was 1 for 15... my goodness. The bench didn't do much once again, although I did like what Stauskas provided throughout the night. The Blazers are up the river without a paddle. If you thought they got right, guess again.
***Be sure to check back here throughout tonight for locker room videos with Coach Stotts and the players, plus locker room reports from Jamie Hudson and Dwight Jaynes***
NEXT UP: The Blazers return home to take on the Toronto Raptors on Friday, December 12th. Tip-off is set for 7:00pm with coverage beginning at 6:00pm on NBC Sports Northwest.