Jerryd. Stinking. Bayless. The Memphis Grizzlies dealt the Trail Blazers’ dwindling playoff hopes a virtual death blow Wednesday night, defeating them 91-85 before 16,214 at FedExForum. And after the dust settled, after a 17-point lead had evaporated, after the hope of a momentum-building road victory slipped out of the Blazers’ grasp, the villain behind the back-stabbing was a one-time Rip City hero: Jerryd. Stinking. Bayless. “He takes everything personal and he uses the smallest thing for confidence,” LaMarcus Aldridge said, smirking, about his former teammate. “So who knows what he told himself about Damian (Lillard) to get motivated. That’s just who he is. He’s the ultimate competitor.” The Blazers were cruising against one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference midway through the third quarter, as their offense was shredding the Grizzlies’ vaunted defense and their defense was sturdy and stingy. When Aldridge drained two free throws with 6:05 left in the third, the Blazers led 63-46 and everything was clicking. Twelve seconds later, Bayless entered the game. And everything changed.
Jerryd Bayless bludgeons Blazers' dwindling playoff hopes
Oregonian | Mar 7