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Grizzlies vs. Blazers Game 5, NBA Playoffs 2015: Memphis tries to advance again

The Grizzlies will get another chance to advance to the second round when the face the Blazers tonight.

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Unless you're really concerned about the Golden State Warriors getting rusty between series, there really is no reason to want the Memphis Grizzlies to hurry up and beat the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

If the Grizzlies wrap the series up in six games or less, Game 1 of the second round will begin on Sunday; if the Grizzlies-Blazers series goes seven games, Game 1 will begin Tuesday.

Just making it to a Game 7 would make the 2015 Blazers just the fourth team to even recover from a 3-0 deficit, which is something that rarely happens in any sport. As fun as it is to witness something historic happen (remember We Believe?), we can pretty much count on the second round beginning on Sunday.

However, the one thing that might dramatically impact the outcome of this series is the health of Mike Conley, who missed Game 4 and still has no (public) timetable for a return.

Would an extended absence for Conley guarantee a seventh game? Hardly — Portland would still have to win in Memphis tonight — but it offers some hope for a Blazers team that didn't look to have much through most of three games.

Of course it's to the Grizzlies' advantage to remain as vague as possible on the subject of Conley so perhaps we'll learn a bit more about his status tonight, if Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry is correct.

Tonight's schedule

Once again, this will be your playoff open thread for the night. Vote in the (somewhat silly) poll below if you want to kill time.

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