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Memphis at Portland
When: 10:30 PM ET, Monday, April 27, 2015
Where: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to control Portland and attempt to finish off a four-game sweep of the host Trail Blazers in Monday’s Game 4 of the Western Conference first-round series. The Grizzlies have defeated Portland seven consecutive times this season but will be without point guard Mike Conley, who suffered a left eye injury on Saturday and has returned to Memphis.

The rest could do Conley good as he also continues to be bothered by a painful foot injury. The fifth-seeded Grizzlies can opt to hold him out due to their commanding 3-0 lead as it remains to be seen what type of fight the fourth-seeded Trail Blazers will put up with their season on the line. “Obviously, nobody’s come back from 3-0,” Portland point guard Damian Lillard accurately pointed out to reporters. “The easy thing to do would be to say nobody has ever come back from 3-0, but it’s not impossible.” The contest could be the last as a member of the Trail Blazers for star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who is headed to free agency.


TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT, SportSouth (Memphis), KGW (Portland)

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES: The loss of Conley could have been a disaster in Game 3 with backup Beno Udrih out with a sprained ankle, but third-stringer Nick Calathes stepped up with a surprisingly good effort in the 115-109 victory. Calathes played 27 minutes and contributed 13 points, four rebounds and three assists without committing a turnover. “I thought his composure was tremendous,” Memphis coach Dave Joerger told reporters. “He didn’t have a turnover, so to come in cold, get 13 points, three assists, no turnovers and run the club … he’s a very, very solid NBA point guard.”

ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS: Aldridge is averaging 25.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in the series but has shot below 40 percent in each game and has experienced long stretches of inconsistency like his 1-of-10 shooting in the first half of Game 3. Reports are flying that Aldridge is committed to testing the free-agent market and that could be a factor in why he’s pressing with his shot in the series. Small forward Nicolas Batum exploded for 27 points and tied the franchise playoff record of six 3-pointers in Game 3 and he is averaging 17.7 points in the series.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Memphis C Marc Gasol scored 25 points in Game 3 and is averaging 18.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and three blocks in the series.

2. Trail Blazers reserve SG C.J. McCollum scored 26 points in Game 3 after totaling eight on 4-of-21 shooting over the first two games.

3. The Grizzlies were 39-of-43 from the free-throw line in Game 3 with Gasol going 13-of-14 and SG Courtney Lee making all nine of his attempts.

PREDICTION: Grizzlies 97, Trail Blazers 92
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Memphis 58-27 W4 33-10 25-17 6-3 52-24 9-7 38-17
Portland 51-34 L7 32-10 19-24 2-2 49-32 11-5 31-24
Last Meeting
Memphis Portland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/25/15 MEM 115 POR 109 115 38 46.8 109 35 46.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis M. Gasol 25 35.3 13
Portland N. Batum 27 50.0 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis M. Gasol 7 1 6
Portland L. Aldridge 7 1 6
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Conley 4
Portland D. Lillard 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis M. Gasol 1538 48.9 389
Portland D. Lillard 1830 43.2 369
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis Z. Randolph 798 238 560
Portland L. Aldridge 786 194 592
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Conley 403
Portland D. Lillard 532
Quickchart Matchup
Memphis Off vs  Portland Defense
98.5 Points For
98.8 Points Against
45.7 FG%
44.0 FG%
42.6 Reb
44.5 Reb
Portland Off vs  Memphis Defense
102.4 Points For
95.0 Points Against
44.8 FG%
44.0 FG%
44.5 Reb
42.5 Reb