It’s a win-or-go-home scenario for the Grizzlies as they face the Trail Blazers in the first play-in tournament in NBA history.
No. 9 Memphis finished within four games of No. 8 Portland in the Western Conference standings, triggering the play-in tournament ahead of the first round of the 2020 NBA playoffs. The Trail Blazers only need to win one game in order to advance, but the Grizzlies must defeat the Trail Blazers twice if they want to secure the final playoff spot in the West.
The big matchup to watch in Saturday’s game is the point guard battle between Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard and Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant. In his past three games, Lillard has averaged a ridiculous 51.3 points on 56.1 percent shooting. Morant, meanwhile, ensured the Grizzlies would capture a play-in berth with a triple-double (12 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) against the Bucks in Memphis’ final “seeding game.”
Can Morant and the Grizzlies pull off the upset with back-to-back victories? Or will Lillard’s hot streak continue?
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Trail Blazers vs. Grizzlies in Game 1 of the NBA’s play-in tournament. Follow along below.
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Trail Blazers vs. Grizzlies live updates, highlights from Game 1
(All times Eastern)
2:55 p.m. — OK, Dame. This is just rude.
2:45 p.m. — And here we go. CJ McCollum hits a couple of free throws on the opening possession.
2:25 p.m. — Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who announced Saturday morning his grandmother had died from the coronavirus (COVID-19), will start in the play-in game.
1:55 p.m. — Memphis football is here to support the Grizzlies.
1:45 p.m. — There was some hope that Tyus Jones would be available for the play-in game, but he is listed as out on the official injury report.
MORE: Explaining the NBA’s play-in tournament format
What time does Trail Blazers vs. Grizzlies start?
- Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ABC
The play-in game between the Trail Blazers and Grizzlies will start at 2:30 p.m. ET, or 11:30 a.m. PT. If Memphis wins Game 1, the second game will start at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
|Game 1||Saturday, Aug. 15||2:30 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Game 2*||Sunday, Aug. 16||4:30 p.m. ET||ESPN|
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