Sports.ws Game Report
[MEMPHIS] — The Memphis Grizzlies played host to the Portland Trail Blazers last night and Grizz fans will wish that they could have another crack at this one. The narrow 109-112 defeat was and still is a tough one to swallow. The loss bumps Memphis's record down to 27-21 on the season, while the victory gives Portland a 21-27 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Grizzlies would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.
An impressive performance from Marc Gasol led all players in the contest and his 32 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 0 steals in 40 minutes will make many-a-fantasy owner proud. Still, one can't be overly enthusastic about the numbers considering that even Gasol himself would presumably trade the solid figures for a different result on the scoreboard. Needless to say, Memphis will take any win they can get their hands on considering where they find themselves in the conference but this just wasn't one of them.
Unable to match Gasol's numbers, Damian Lillard can rest assured that he bested his rival where it actually counts. Lillard's 33 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists led the Trail Blazers in the winning effort.
From a personal standpoint, Allen Crabbe made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 6 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.
Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Grizzlies can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Memphis wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.
The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the . The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the .
Gasol 61.5 FP
Lillard 46.5 FP
Randolph 45.0 FP
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