Mike Conley and Tony Allen, despite pre-playoff concerns about their availability, excelled. Arron Afflalo didn’t play. And Memphis got a resounding 100-86 win.
The Trail Blazers aren’t getting any good news for Game 2 tonight.
Jason Quick of The Oregonian:
Wesley Matthews is out for the season, and Portland probably needs to advance further to get back Dorell Wight.
But Afflalo’s absence looms large. C.J. McCollum seemed to be playing over his head while starting and shooting just 1-for-8 in Game 1. Plus, if McCollum starts, that’s one less spark off the bench.
Chris Kaman, who injured his ankle in practice this week, is a big body to throw at Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. But more playing time for Meyers Leonard might be preferable, anyway.