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Grizzlies Win as Blazers Offense Misses Mark

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MEMPHIS) -- The Memphis Grizzlies took game one with a 100-86 victory over Portland Sunday after the Trailblazers couldn't find a groove. 

Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 46 points; however they only converted on 18 of 55 shots (33%).

On the other end of the court, Beno Udrih scored 20 points for the Grizzlies off the bench.

"Beno gets the game ball," Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph said. "With Mike [Conley] being out, [it] helps him get his confidence up and playing."

Randolph added 16 points of his own and grabbed 11 rebounds. Marc Gasol also grabbed 11 rebounds and added 15 points.

The banged up Trailblazers feel that game one was a jolt to the system.

"I think a good wakeup call for us," Aldridge said. "But definitely tonight they manhandled us."

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Portland Trail Blazers Clinch Playoff Spot

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Or.) -- The Portland Trail Blazers are headed back to the NBA playoffs for the second straight season.

With a 109-86 victory over the Phoenix Suns Monday night, the Trail Blazers clinched a playoff spot and will now seek to claim the Northwest Division title.

Seemingly from the start, Portland set out to dominate the game. The Trail Blazers led by 27 at the end of the third period, and five players finished with double digit points.

"I'm not even sure the last time we even won a division title," said Damian Lillard, who scored 19. "I'm sure it's been tough having OKC around. If any year there was a great opportunity, it's this year. We just need to keep playing, focus on ourselves, and everything will work out like it's supposed to."

Portland currently has a 6.5 game lead over the Thunder for the Northwest Division and the two teams will face off on April 13.

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Aldridge Will Start in Place of Davis in Sunday's All-Star Game

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a surprise move, the head coach of the Western Conference All-Stars, Steve Kerr, named Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge a starter for Sunday's All-Star Game instead of the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant.

Kerr originally said Durant would start in place of the injured Anthony Davis but changed his mind on Saturday.

Durant wasn't going to play much anyways because of nagging injuries. The reigning MVP has missed 27 games this season due to injury. In the 26 games he has played, Durant is averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and four assists per game.

Earlier this season, Aldridge tore a ligament in his thumb and was supposed to have surgery, but instead he missed only two games before deciding to put off the operation and play out the rest of the season.

Aldridge has played in 47 games this season, averaging 23.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
The All-Star Game will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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Irving Nets 55 to Lead Cavs to 8th-Straight Win

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, offsetting the absence of Lebron James, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Portland Trail Blazers 99-94 Wednesday night.

The Cavaliers (27-20) have now won eight straight.

Irving was on fire most of the game, scoring 29 of Cleveland's 54 first-half points. He also hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers the win.

Portland (32-14) received an admirable performance from LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge scored 38 points and grabbed 11 boards in the loss.

Irving's 55 points is the most scored by any player in a game this season, and also breaks the Quicken Loans Arena scoring record that was held by Allen Iverson.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Out 6-8 Weeks

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to miss six to eight weeks after he undergoes surgery later this week for a radial collateral ligament tear in his left thumb, the team announced Thursday.

Aldridge, a three-time All-Star, leads the team in scoring (23.2 ppg) and rebounding (10.2 rpg).

Aldridge was injured in th second quarter of the team's 98-94 win over Sacramento Monday.

Aldridge becomes the latest Portland big man to get bit with the injury bug. Center Robin Lopez is dealing with a hand injury that will likely keep him out until February, and center Joel Freeland is expected to miss a couple more weeks with a shoulder injury.

The Trail Blazers are currently in third place in the Western Conference with a 31-13 record.

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ESPN: Blake Griffin Has Small Back Fracture 

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) --  Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew last week from Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup due to a small fracture in his back, according to ESPN.

Griffin, 25, was advised by doctors not to compete and to allow his back to completely heal before the start of the NBA season.  He has spent the summer working out in Los Angeles with Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan.

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which he reportedly suffered during the postseason.

Team USA started training camp Monday in Las Vegas with an extremely thin frontcourt, as fellow All-Stars Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge also withdrew this summer.

In a statement, USA Basketball said Love was unable to participate "because of his current status," an obvious reference to the trade talks that have been centered around the Minnesota Timberwolves forward.

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Aldridge Waiting to Sign Next Year with Blazers

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Portland Trail Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge won't sign a contract extension this offseason, but will look for one in the 2014-15 season.  

"I'm happy to stay, happy to be here, happy with the direction the team has gone the last year or two," Aldridge told The Oregonian on Tuesday. "This has no impact on my interest in staying in Portland. I just want to get a five-year deal. I feel like that's the best decision on my part."

Aldridge was offered a three-year extension worth $55 million, the Oregonian reports. He's seeking a five-year deal worth $108 million next year with Portland.

"I don't want it to be perceived that I'm not happy or I'm not staying on because I'm not signing a three-year deal," Aldridge told the paper. "It's just financially smarter to wait...and I'm looking forward to signing the five-year deal when the chance comes."

Aldridge is hoping to surpass Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler as the greatest player to ever wear a Trail Blazers jersey.

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Bench Steps Up as Spurs Oust Trail Blazers 

Chris Covatta/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) --  For the third straight year, the San Antonio Spurs will be playing for the Western Conference crown.

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green each scored 22 points, and the Spurs overcame an injury to Tony Parker, to eliminate the Portland Trail Blazers with a 104-82 Game 5 victory on Wednesday night.

Parker left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury, but the bench stepped up to help the Spurs close out the Western Conference semifinals. They outscored Portland's reserves 40-7.

"My mindset was just trying to be aggressive on the offensive end," Leonard said. "Just knowing Tony was out, he's very aggressive and still try to stick with our system. Play our offense, move the ball, just try to be a little more aggressive."

LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trail Blazers with 21 points, but experience topped youth in this series. San Antonio had four blowout victories in five games.

"They definitely showed us about moving the ball around," Aldridge said "They made five or six passes every possession down. It just makes your defense tired and just makes guys make mistakes. They definitely showed use where we are trying to go."

San Antonio will face the winner of the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers in the next round.

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Parker's 33 Points Lead Spurs over Blazers in Game 1 

Chris Covatta/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Experience usually trumps youth during the NBA postseason, and the San Antonio Spurs are a prime example of that. Tony Parker scored 33 points and dished out nine assists as the Spurs rocked the Portland Trail Blazers 116-92 on Tuesday night to take Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Parker scored 13 points in the first quarter as the Spurs jumped out to a double-digit lead and never looked back: they never trailed and led by at least 20 points for the entire second half.

"I think Game 7 (against Dallas) gave us a lot of confidence for our team," Parker said. "I think team-wise we played our best game in Game 7. I think tonight was a little bit of the same thing. Defensively, it was one of our best games because Portland has a lot of shooters, a lot of scorers."

Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 32 points and 14 rebounds.  Damien Lillard chipped in 17 points, but the team looked nothing like the won who topped the Houston Rockets in the first round.

"They did what championship teams do," Aldridge said. "They came out and set the tone early. Most of the guys on (Portland's) team haven't even been in the second round and they've won championships. They've been here. I think they definitely came out and they let us know how it's going to be."

Game 2 is set for Thursday night.

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Trail Blazers Knock Off Rockets in OT, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 10 rebounds to help lift the Portland Trail Blazers over the Houston Rockets 123-120 in overtime Sunday; Portland took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

It was a back-and-forth fourth quarter, with the lead changing four times. Dorell Wright's free throw with eight seconds remaining put Portland up by two, but Dwight Howard's slam with three seconds to play sent the game into overtime.

In extra time, the Trail Blazers rushed out to a seven point lead and never looked back.

Nicolas Batum scored 25 and Damian Lillard had 23 points and eight assists for Portland in the win.

James Harden led all Rockets with 28 points, while Dwight Howard had 25 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

The Blazers are looking to win a playoff series for the first time since 2000. They can do it by winning Game 5 Wednesday night in Houston. Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. ET.

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