Memphis Grizzlies 109, Portland Trailblazers 105: Game 37

January 6th, 2010 by Busta Bucket Leave a reply »
On the tail end of a back to back that started in Los Angeles, the Blazers wasted away an 8-point lead in the final four minutes, losing to Memphis, 109-105. Brandon Roy had 27 points and 9 assists, but managed zero field goals in the final quarter.

This was a bizarre game. It was close throughout the first half, then Memphis started to pull away in the 3rd quarter. The arena didn't seem worried, there was a feeling of "I smell a comeback" as Portland was down 8 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Sure enough, Portland went on a Monster run for the first 8 minutes of the 4th quarter, everyone came alive, Martell Webster was hitting, and the Blazers had a comfortable 8 point lead.

That's when it all went terribly wrong.

As soon as the Blazers started to slow it down and play not to lose, the game got ugly.

Brandon Roy deferred, guys were over passing and not getting easy shots, and the game collapsed before our eyes. I recall thinking negative thoughts after the first two buckets by Memphis. Portland would not adjust, they played the equivalent of a prevent defense and it failed like it always does.

When it got to th ...

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