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Memphis working on a 3-0 lead

The Grizzlies have a late lead, but star point guard Mike Conley has left the game with an injury.

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Silver says NBA will talk Hack-a-Shaq solution

NBA commissioner Adam Silver expects the NBA to explore rule changes at upcoming meetings that would address rampant use of Hack-a-Shaq strategy that slows games and hurts entertainment value.

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#NBAFrontOffice: Thunder's next steps

ESPN.com's NBA Front Office convenes to discuss the firing of Scott Brooks by the Oklahoma City Thunder. What is the way forward for OKC, and what type of replacement should they target?

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J.R. Smith swishing shots of redemption

Cavs newcomer J.R. Smith set the tone before the ball was tipped in Game 3. His special flair is being embraced as endearing rather than dubious.

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Everything going Grizzlies' way
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When it's your night, it's your night. Jeff Green closed the third quarter with this bumbling, fumbling circus shot in the air that somehow found the bottom of the basket.

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Conley doubtful to return

An update from ESPN's Chris Broussard reveals that Portland's trainers do not believe Mike Conley's nose is broken but his left eye and orbital area is swollen and pretty heavily damaged. Conley hasn't been ruled out of the game but is doubtful to return. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Grizzlies up 10 entering 4th. Conley still not on the bench. Crucial stretch right here. Blazers desperately trying to make it a series.

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When Mike Conley Jr. is on the floor, Grizzlies have outscored the Blazers by 14 points. They are -4 when he’s off.

Blazers fighting to stay relevant
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Nineteen of Portland's 26 third-quarter points came from either LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum. Those three will need to burn even brighter in the final period as the Grizzlies still lead by 10 points. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Kevin Pelton @kpelton

With Mike Conley headed to the locker room after a collison with C.J. McCollum, Grizz down to just Nick Calathes at PG for time being.

McCollum KOs Conley with an elbow

UFC 186 isn't in Portland but C.J. McCollum just hit Mike Conley with a nasty elbow as Conley was helping on transition defense. Conley was shaken up but made it up to his feet and back to the locker room, holding a towel to his bleeding face. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Blazers' mouse in the house

C.J. McCollum found out the hard way that a guard doesn't challenge a big who has an open runway to the rim. He should be thankful that Kosta Koufos isn't a resident of Lob City.

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Grizzlies holding steady in Portland

Memphis is matching Portland shot for shot in the third, maintaing a 14-point lead. All the Grizzlies starters but Tony Allen are in double figures. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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D-Rose takes the blame for loss
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Derrick Rose had a chance to win Game 4 late but the ball was stripped by Khris Middleton. The Bulls PG said postgame, "I put that all on me. Just wasn't paying attention to the ball. ... But if anything, this is a learning experience. ... I swear I'm built for it."

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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Grizz set a franchise playoff record w/ 62 points in the first half, their most in any postseason half ever. Previous high: 58 four times.

Grizzlies try to keep Blazers at bay
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Memphis' trademark brand of basketball is in effect, collecting 4 blocks and outscoring Portland 30-14 in the paint for a 13-point lead at half. But Damian Lillard's finally arrived. The 21 PPG guard is up to 14, two shy of his 2015 postseason average. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Damian Lillard 5 of 6 from field ... he was 5-21 and 5-16 from field in the other 2 games of this series. Blazers-Grizzlies on ESPN

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Nick Calathes has filled in nicely for the injured Beno Udrih with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.

If you like free throws...

... then this is the quarter for you. An Arron Afflalo foul on Jeff Green put Portland into the penalty -- a place Memphis was just minutes into the second. The Grizzlies are on an 11-4 run and have a 12-point lead midway through the period. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Michael Wallace @WallaceNBA_ESPN

Koufas dunking, Lee stroking 3s, Calathes picking up where Beno left off. Gasol & Z-Bo enjoying surprising boost from supporting cast.