Friday at 1 p.m., quiet time on NBCSNW –
The Trail Blazers and Grizzlies screenings will guide the NBA restart for both teams as the battle for the eighth and final in the playoffs begins.
Memphis went 1-2 for their misleading games in Orlando, while the Blazers finished with a 0-3 record and didn’t have a completely healthy group in any of those three races.
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But now Portland says he is healthy and ready to go.
What about Memphis?
They’re without Tyus Jones (right knee; Pain) and Justise Winslowa (left hip; displacement), but they also seem to have a little extra motivation when it comes to restarting the NBA.
Rookie favorite of the year And Morant has continued the show in Orlando with Grizzlies filming. Morant closed the stakes in a double-double game. The 20-year-old point guard reached with 22 points, 12 assists, three returns and one theft.
And now we know the truth about how Morant reacts to the reboot of the NBA 22-team format with potential play-in games.
Morant joined ESPN’s The Jump Saturday, where he discussed what he thinks is unfair that the 3.5-game pad built by Memphis during the Western season feels almost irrelevant now that the NBA has set up eight seed games that could lead to potential playable games.
This is what Morant had to say when Rachel Nichols asked her if the NBA restart format was fair:
Honestly, I don’t think so, but we can’t control it. The only thing we can control is how we go out and attack each of these games before making a decision. – Memphis beginner Ja Morant
For Thursday’s seed games, the Grizzlies had a 3.5-game lead over Portland, New Orleans and Sacramento.
Memphis must maintain a 4.5-game lead on the ninth seed by the end of the seed games to avoid gaming / playable games that decide the rankings of the eighth and final playoff team in the Western Conference.
“I just feel like it’s an extra chip,” Morant said when asked if the shape could give the team more motivation. « You know – more fuel for the fire, more motivation for us. But when I come into this season, I think we’re expected to be 29th and you’re looking at us now. So we only use it as fuel, continue working. We are all very hungry. We know what we can do. Just go play. ‘ «
All three games in Memphis will be played against teams chasing them in the standings in the first week of the restart.
Eight Memphis Sowing Games:
- Friday, July 31st vs. Trail Blazers
- Sunday, August 2 vs. Spurs
- Monday, August 3 vs. Pelicans
- Wednesday, August 5 vs. Jazz
- Friday, August 7 vs. Thunder
- Sunday, August 9 vs. Raptors
- Tuesday, August 11 vs. Celtics
- Thursday, August 13 vs. Bucks
Grizzlies-powered Jaren Jackson Jr., who averaged 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game before the league’s suspended game, discussed Grizzlies ’mindset when the Blazers faced their first seeding game as he recalled their only other battle of this. the season when Memphis defeated Portland at their home field, 111-104 in mid-February.
“It was a big game, I remember it at home,” Jackson said after Thursday’s rehearsal. “It’s going to be something similar. I think anytime we could have played them in these games, it could have been good, but if we play them now, that’s cool too. »
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Memphis also understands that this is not the same Portland team they found back in February. Now that the Blazers have two 7-footers in Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins, they are now finally healthy and ready for noise.
Portland is a talented team. Apparently the team that played at the Western Conference Finals last year. We have done research. We know this is not the same team we faced during the season, but we will continue to focus on us. We have done our due diligence to prepare for them and I know our friends are excited to meet them tomorrow. – Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins said on Thursday after training
You can explore the Blazers and Grizzlies on Trail Blazers ’official network, NBC Sports Northwest. Coverage will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday with ‘Blazers Game Day’ followed by ‘Blazers Warm-up’ at noon and Blazers Pregame at 12:30 p.m.
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