Matt Eppers, USA TODAY
Published 6: 12 a.m. ET Aug. 12, 2020
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Damian Lillard shot the Portland Path Blazers into sole possession of eighth put in the Western Conference with a noteworthy 61-point performance Tuesday evening. They bear been in role to total so since the Memphis Grizzlies stumbled but again.
Memphis entered the season restart with a 3½-sport lead on Portland for eighth and appeared to be in elegant form to get assist to the playoffs. Two weeks later, the Grizzlies are in hazard of lacking out on the postseason.
The Grizzlies couldn’t obtain any rhythm Tuesday and bear been never truly a menace in a 122-107 loss to the Boston Celtics. Memphis fell to 1-6 at some point of the restart. Starting up forward Jaren Jackson Jr. used to be lost for the season with a knee injury after three games, derailing an upstart crew that had hopes of creating the playoffs in what used to be belief to be another rebuilding 300 and sixty five days.
With their season on the brink, the Grizzlies play their final seeding sport Thursday towards the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks.
“I bear treasure every sport we play, (we’re) the underdog,” said Ja Morant, the leading candidate for Rookie of the 300 and sixty five days. “We bear been projected to be 27th this 300 and sixty five days and we’re here. So as that’s how we’ve been attacking every sport. I bear treasure our next sport might maybe presumably well also simply no longer be no loads of.”
The Grizzlies are tied with the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs. Light, Memphis controls its bear destiny. A procure Thursday clinches a region in the West play-in. The Grizzlies might maybe presumably well lose Thursday and silent get the play-in, however they would wish again.
First-300 and sixty five days coach Taylor Jenkins is conscious of he might maybe presumably well also simply no longer be in a position to engage one thing else assist towards the Bucks.
“We now bear obtained of project towards the correct crew in the league on Thursday and no topic we throw out at them, we obtained to throw it all out at streetlevel and peep what occurs after that,” Jenkins said.
Nets 108, Magic 96: Brooklyn took engage watch over with a 16-0 bustle in the first quarter and rolled as both teams played with limited rosters whereas making ready for the playoffs.
Spurs 123, Rockets 105: Keldon Johnson had 24 components and DeMar DeRozan had 23 as San Antonio kept alive its probabilities of a 23rd consecutive playoff berth.
Suns 130, Sixers 117: Devin Booker scored 35 components as Phoenix stayed alive in the trail for the West play-in by bettering to 7-0 in the Orlando bubble.
Celtics 122, Grizzlies 107: Boston shot 51% overall to procure its fourth straight whereas denying stumbling Memphis of project to clinch a region in the West play-in.
Blazers 134, Mavericks 131: Damian Lillard exploded for 61 components and Portland held on unhurried to capture over sole possession of eighth put in the West.
Bucks 126, Wizards 113: Milwaukee won with a rotation of basically reserves after Giannis Antetokounmpo used to be ejected for headbutting Moe Wagner.
Kings 112, Pelicans 106: Harrison Barnes scored 25 components for Sacramento in a matchup of teams eradicated from playoff competition the day before.
All times Jap. All games additionally on hand on League Pass.
- Pacers vs. Rockets, 4 (NBATV)
- Raptors vs. Sixers, 6: 30 (ESPN)
- Heat vs. Allege, 8
- Clippers vs. Nuggets, 9 (ESPN)
Say of the playoff trail
Within the East, seeds 4-6 are the completely spots left to be slump. The Miami Heat bear the within be conscious for the No. 4 seed, a sport sooner than the Indiana Pacers and two games sooner than the Philadelphia 76ers.
Throughout the West standings, seeds 2-6 are silent up for grabs. The Los Angeles Clippers can lock up the No. 2 seed with a procure over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. A Nuggets procure would pull them within a half-sport of 2nd put. The Houston Rockets silent bear of project to transfer up to third, however they’re additionally silent jockeying for role with the Oklahoma Metropolis Allege and Utah Jazz. The Dallas Mavericks are slotted into the No. 7 seed.
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