PORTLAND — How fitting that an "American Idol" contestant performed the national anthem Wednesday before the Trail Blazers hosted the Memphis Grizzlies, now that the remainder of the season has transformed into one long audition. In all likelihood, the Blazers will not make the playoffs, and with losses piling up like a 94-76 defeat to the Grizzlies, players can very well start making those Vegas vacation plans. And this realization means that more opportunities await the youngest players on the Portland roster. So with the Rose Garden as their stage, and coach Terry Stotts as the judge, the Blazers gave effort and fought back but ultimately could not compete with one of the gold standard teams of the Western Conference.
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