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NBA playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies preview

By TERESA M. WALKER Posted Apr 24 2013 6:07PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Grizzlies have had a chance to sleep in their own beds and are ready to get back to playing Memphis basketball. That means rebounding, dominating the paint and some sticky defense.

Keeping Zach Randolph on the floor and out of foul trouble also would be a big help.

The Memphis All-Star has been limited by foul trouble as the Los Angeles Clippers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in this first-round series. Randolph averaged 11.2 rebounds a game during the regular season but has 12 total in the series. He said Wednesday the officiating has been different from the Grizzlies' series against San Antonio in 2011 and last year against these same Clippers.

"Even last year, they let us play a little bit more, and it seems like this year, they kind of focusing ... on me and Blake," Randolph said of Clippers forward Blake Griffin. "So it's kind of been like that. Little ticky tack here and there."

Coach Lionel Hollins has his own idea on his Grizzlies can adjust to the officiating Thursday night with Game 3 here in Memphis.

"Stop committing ticky tack fouls," Hollins said. "When you know the referees going to call them, you got to stop committing them."

Randolph wasn't fully recovered from an injured knee when the Clippers beat Memphis in seven games to open the postseason a year ago. He's healthy now but was limited to less than 25 minutes as Los Angeles routed the Grizzlies in Game 1. He played nearly 31 minutes in Monday night's 93-91 loss as he and Griffin picked up double fouls for a second straight game, but Randolph was on the floor the least of any of Memphis' starters.

"We just got to come out and play basketball ...," Randolph said. "They had their crowd behind them. We fought hard both games. We had a chance to win. They won on their home court. That's what we've got to do the same thing."

Getting Randolph in foul trouble has been part of the Clippers' plan to chip at the Grizzlies' edge both in rebounding and scoring in the paint. The Clippers had a 50-46 scoring edge in the paint winning Monday night, and Griffin said they want to attack Randolph so that the forward has to either foul or get out of the way.

"As long as he's not getting the rebound, we're headed in the right direction," Griffin said. "I just have to keep my body on him, make sure he's accounted for at all times, and gang up on him like we did last time. He's tough to handle."

Griffin fouled out in the opening game but scored 21 points with eight rebounds in Game 2. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Griffin has to pick his spots against Memphis.

"If they're going to single-cover him, then he's got to attack and make them pay for that and try to get guys in foul trouble," Del Negro said. "If they're going to double him, he's got to make plays and get the ball out, and we've got to do a good job making teams pay for that. Blake's going to do what helps us win. If they double him, he's got to make the right play. If they single-cover him, he's got to make them pay for that too."

The Clippers dominated on the boards to open the series, beating the Grizzlies with their own style. Mike Conley said guards must help out Randolph and center Marc Gasol, named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, with the Clippers so long and adept at tipping balls out near the 3-point line with no Memphis guard to be found.

"We have to do a better job coming back and picking up those 50-50 balls," Conley said. "If we can do that, we'll be in business."

The Clippers practiced in Los Angeles before catching a flight to Memphis for what guard Chris Paul, who scored the game-winning shot Monday night, called a business trip looking for a 10th straight win overall and a 3-0 series lead. Complacency is not an issue for the Clippers.

"We have enough veteran leadership to know how important these games are," Paul said.

So do the Grizzlies, who trailed the Clippers 3-1 a year ago before winning two straight to force a Game 7 that Los Angeles won here in Memphis.

"It's a huge game for us," Conley said. "We get to be in front of our home crowd ... Game 2 we feel like we were one or two plays away from winning that one. It's a tough loss, but we have to put that in the backseat now and worry about what's going on tomorrow. We're playing another tough game. We know it's going to be a dog fight, and we need to win it."


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Steal this one!!! it's the 13 th round and the grizzlies are rocked !! Knock them out

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Hope we sweep the Memphis,this is for Kenny and Barkley

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I know right

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Hope so also! If we can win game 3, Memphis will officially be done. Lets get this win!!! Play desperate like we are down 0-2 in this series!

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Only game i see Memphis winning in this series is this one.. Would love to be wrong though..

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lobcityhawaii wrote:
worm wrote:
Hope we sweep the Memphis,this is for Kenny and Barkley

Hope so also! If we can win game 3, Memphis will officially be done. Lets get this win!!! Play desperate like we are down 0-2 in this series!

This.

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I wouldn't doubt this game will end up being the most physical of the series. Memphis has a wounded ego, the refereeing has been a total shammockery (thank you Ben Wallace) and they'll probably end up smothering CP3 with two defenders all night. I doubt Tony Allen will let that game winner he gave up go... We need to beat them up in the post and knock down our outside shots! Lets go CLIPS!

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If they are all over CP which is pretty likely then its time for Billups and Jamal to do some damage.

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^^ my sentiments exactly... and I hoping Eric " the Grizzly assassin" Bledsoe will have a monster game.

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I just thought that after I posted my comment..........bring out The Bled Wink

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Bad News: We have a 46% chance of winning Game 3.

Good News: We have a 96% chance of winning the series!

http://www.clipsnation.com/2013/4/24/42 ... e-the-odds

Of course, the team needs to forget about history and fight hard every game...hopefully make a little history of their own.

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Need an unsuspecting scoring boost to steal this one.

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I'm pretty confident in this one. Guys need to stay focused- aggressive but yet don't turn the ball over too much. Keep the Grizz off the offensive boards, and attack their big men. The Clipper starters and the bench unit have both been doing a good job. Battle to a tie or a basket or two ahead vs the Memphis starters, and let our bench extend the lead vs their bench + Gasol/Randolph. Once we pry the floodgates open a bit- and hitting some 3's will help- we'd be in business.

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We have won 4 straight at Memphis. Lets make it 6!

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We need to take 1 of the 2 games in Memphis and try to win in 5 at home. I'd prefer a sweep but I really think Memphis isn't going to make it easy, especially tonights game.

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Agree. It's not going to be easy. Their home crowd will be in it. A sweep is possible though cause as long as we play well, we automatically win since we are clearly the better team. But the refs will probably favor them.

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i wish i was as confident as you guys for game 3. im actually really worried about this one because we already know its going to be a hostile environment at memphis and plus we all know the calls are not going our way. prove me wrong clips!!!!! lets steal one

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We just need to win this series in 5 games or less. OKC is probably going to beat Houston in 4. We need as many minutes and seconds of rest for our team as possible in between series'.

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Referees of the night:

Ron Garretson

Tony Brothers

Eric Lewis

http://www.nba.com/news/referee.html

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I feel this game is easier to win than game 4. Win this one then win game 5 at home.

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we need one of those "on fire from deep" shooting nights

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I'm nervous not gonna lie

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http://www.nbastuffer.com/2012-2013_NBA ... Stats.html

Ron Garretson seems to favor the home team a lot.

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CP3Heliflopter wrote:
clipperBryan32 wrote:
Referees of the night:

Ron Garretson

Tony Brothers

Eric Lewis

http://www.nba.com/news/referee.html

http://www.nbastuffer.com/2012-2013_NBA ... Stats.html

Ron Garretson seems to favor the home team a lot.

Yup, I don't expect many calls tonight especially since we are on the road and up 2-0, despite all that I know we'll get the W tonight!

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Look for Billups and Bledsoe to go berserk tonight...

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CP3Heliflopter wrote:
clipperBryan32 wrote:
Referees of the night:

Ron Garretson

Tony Brothers

Eric Lewis

http://www.nba.com/news/referee.html

http://www.nbastuffer.com/2012-2013_NBA ... Stats.html

Ron Garretson seems to favor the home team a lot.

Great...just our luck then...

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Butler, Bledsoe and Billups will produce more than last game. BG, CP3 and JC will be a little less than last. Clipps Win.

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This is actually what I would prefer,,then we can root and cheer when we beat them down here at home.

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Sweep these Road games and get some rest Very Happy.

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Look for the refs to go berserk tonight , and not in a good way for us.

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Chauncey, Jamal, Barnes, CP3, and Butler will take care of that.

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Grab this one... series over.

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Lets do this Clip Nation, Championship teams win on the road. Lets prove we are a Chmpionship team tonight.

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Yes! Let's win our 10th straight game!!! Let's do this and own the griz despite the refs most likely favoring them!

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God I hate TNT! So many f***** commercials they are squeezing in! Game gonna start 20 damn minutes late even though Miami was done over 10 min ago!

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Blake- nice start!

david
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DJ- good challenge on the Gasol fallaway!

david
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Not a good shot by Chauncey, but great steal by CP.

david
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Not getting good shots right now....

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Wtf CP? Just shoot the dam 3.

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gotta hit those wide open threes

david
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Caron had the short corner 3- can't argue w/ that open look.

Clippersfan86
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Brick city WTF!

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They're denying the ball- gotta adjust.

CP3Best
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Stop making the damn pgs post up and the bigs pass, that's stupid.

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Chauncey B-b-b-billups!

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do not pass to dj at all unless lob

griffin needs to move the freak around , standing still for no reason

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DJ nice block- another open 3 missed- damn.

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david wrote:
CP3Heliflopter wrote:
Wtf CP? Just shoot the dam 3.

Caron had the short corner 3- can't argue w/ that open look.

I was talking about before when CP3 had a good look and didn't shoot and settled for a contested fadeaway jumper.

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