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Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Officials timeout now to get LaMarcus' blood cleaned up on his elbow. So yeah, that Z-Bo/LaMarcus battle down low has been blood brutal.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Z-Bo probably doesn't get enough credit for his role in the Memphis defense. Has done well crowding LaMarcus Aldridge tonight.

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Gasol wasn't pleased about having to defend 3 Blazers on that last possession that ended in Batum's 3. Let teammates know it in timeout.

Portland trying to chip away

After making just one 3-pointer in the 1st half, the Blazers already have one just 4 minutes into the 2nd half. But the Grizzlies still lead by 16 and show no signs of slowing down. Follow live

Not Lillard Time yet

Damian Lillard ended the first round in style last year, with his series-winning buzzer-beater against Houston. He hasn't exactly picked up where he left off.

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J.A. Adande @jadande

Popovich said it feels weird to be the 6th seed because he felt his team played well. Called it a tribute to the Western Conference

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Grizzlies up 58-39 at half, holding Blazers to 32%.shooting. Question is can Memphis handle prosperity? The inevitable foe run is looming.

Grizz grind way to big lead

Memphis has held Portland to 32% shooting to open up a 19-point lead at halftime. Surprise contributor Beno Udrih leads the Grizzlies with 13 points and 3 assists in 8 minutes off the bench. Follow live

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LaMarcus Aldridge is 0-8 when starting his offense from the left side. He has the most points from that left side in the league

J.A. Adande @jadande

1 of the reasons Doc Rivers thinks it's hard to repeat as champs is "some (players) never come off the trophy tour."

Things are looking Grizzly for Portland

Beno Udrih's evolution into a perpetual motion device is still on track, as he has 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Memphis has held Damian Lillard to 3 points and 2 assists midway through the second quarter as the Grizzlies' lead hovers comfortably in double digits. Follow live

Blazers are on restriction

Portland's shooting woes have been especially bad everywhere except right at the rim, as Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge can attest. The two Blazers starts are a combined 0-for-11 outside the restricted area as the Grizzlies continue to cruise. Follow live

No answer for Beno from Blazers

Beno Udrih has 8 points off the bench, all on jumpers, to help the Grizzlies to a 10-point lead after the first. Portland's 25% shooting ties a season low for a quarter, and the Blazers' 15 points tops their worst quarter of the year by just 3 points. Follow live

Atlanta, Korver carve out win

Kyle Korver scored a game-high 21 points in the Hawks' 99-92 win over the Nets. Atlanta is 5-0 against Brooklyn this season and has won 5 of its past 6 Game 1s.