NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, March 14th (All times eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (23-37) at Memphis Grizzlies (35-27), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Portland Trail Blazers try to post a home-and-home sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies tonight when the teams meet at FedExForum.
On Saturday, Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds, as the Blazers trounced the Grizzlies, 80-66 at the Rose Garden.
Richie Frahm added 14 points, while Joel Przybilla and Theo Ratliff each had a dozen for the Blazers, who ended a six-game skid with the victory.
The game marked the first win for interim coach Kevin Pritchard, who took over when Maurice Cheeks was fired on March 2. Pritchard had lost his first four games on the bench, and the Blazers had dropped six straight overall.
The Blazers blew the game open in the third quarter, using 26-5 run to turn a 45-42 deficit into a 68-50 lead.
Portland, which has lost three straight on the road, begins a three-game trip tonight and will visit Houston on Wednesday.
Lorenzen Wright had 21 points to pace Memphis. Shane Battier and Brian Cardinal each had 11 points Saturday for the Grizzlies, who registered a season-low in points.
Memphis shot just 37 percent from the field, lowlighted by a 3-for-11 effort by Mike Miller. The Grizzlies also turned the ball over 17 times.
The Grizzlies currently sit seventh in the Western Conference standings -- two games behind sixth-place Houston.
Memphis has lost two of its last three games overall, but has won two straight at home. The Grizzlies will visit New Orleans on Wednesday.
Saturday's win ended a three-game series losing streak against Memphis for Portland.
The Blazers have, however, lost three of their last four road games against the Grizzlies.
03/14 15:05:39 ET