Clippers Vs. Grizzlies 4-27-13 Playoff Thread Gm. 4

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NBA playoffs: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies preview

By TERESA M. WALKER Posted Apr 26 2013 6:24PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Chris Paul has had a chance to watch the tape, and the Clippers guard is not happy with himself.

He was averaging 23.5 points as the Clippers won the first two games in Los Angeles. Then the series shifted to Memphis, and the Grizzlies held him to eight points with only four assists and five turnovers in winning 94-82 on Thursday night to pull within 2-1 in this first-round series.

"I just got to be more aggressive you know what I mean?" Paul said Friday after practice. "I've just got to be more aggressive. I played 30 some minutes and didn't shoot one free throw. Something ain't right."

The Grizzlies are expecting the Clippers' guard to try to take control from the start Saturday in Game 4. A win by the Clippers gives them the chance to close out this series Tuesday night in Los Angeles. If Memphis can holds its court, then the Clippers will be returning to Tennessee.

Grizzlies guard Tony Allen credited Memphis coach Lionel Hollins with keeping fresh bodies on Paul helping make it as difficult for Paul as possible.

"We got a scheme for him we want to stick to it," Allen said. "And we definitely know that he's going to come in aggressive tomorrow. We know all those guys are going to be aggressive. What we have to do is come in with the mentality we want to hit first and protect our home court."

The team that wins on the boards has won each of the games in this series. The Grizzlies regained their inside dominance Thursday night with a 45-33 edge in rebounding along with a 22-4 scoring difference on second-chance points. They also disrupted the Clippers' offense by staying out of foul trouble until late in the gmae.

Paul is a perfect 12-of-12 at the free throw line in this series, but he didn't reach the stripe even once in Game 3. Memphis made more free throws (28 ) than the Clippers even attempted (23). Paul said that left them taking the ball out of the net all night long foul after foul.

"They were in the bonus with 8 minutes left in just about every quarter," Paul said. "That slows the game down, which obviously feeds into their style, and we can't do that."

The Clippers' guard had 16 assists combined in Los Angeles. Paul wound up matching his four assists in Memphis with four fouls, and the Clippers, a team that ranked fourth in the NBA averaging 23.9 assists a game, finished with only 14. They also had 18 turnovers, though Paul said his mistakes are something he can control.

The Grizzlies cut down on the defensive breakdowns that allowed the Clippers to dominate on the boards in the first two games. Randolph, the league's top offensive rebounder, and Gasol are a big reason why Memphis ranked fourth in the NBA in rebounds per game this season.

Being so long and deep allowed the Clippers to outrebound Memphis 87-61 with guards getting plenty of easy boards off tipped balls.

The struggles rebounding caught the Grizzlies a bit by surprise. Allen and Conley combined for one rebound in Game 1, though Allen has 19 combined over the past two games. Conley had six Thursday night.

"It's tough because it's new to us," Conley said. "We're so used to dominating the glass with Marc and Zach we never had to come back and get rebounds. So with a team that rebounds as good as we do, we have to be around the rim and around the paint just to pick up a loose ball or a tipped ball, and those are the type of plays that help us get over the edge."

Rebounds are at a premium with Randolph literally wrestling with Clippers forward Blake Griffin so much that double fouls have been called on them in each game this series. Gasol also has his hands full with DeAndre Jordan and Ryan Hollins and Ronny Turiaf off the bench.

Griffin said the Clippers did a pretty good job in the first two games helping out their big men and containing Randolph.

"So do that," Griffin said.

Memphis hasn't beaten the Clippers in consecutive games since taking Games 5 and 6 in their opening series a year ago. Randolph said they expect both Paul and Griffin to come out aggressive.

"We got to be ready ourselves," Randolph said. "We got to play defense and match the energy."


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Let's get this done!!! LAC! LAC! LAC!

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Most imporant game of the series so far.

Even if we lose, we would still have homecourt advantage though.

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Please win this so Our crowd can **** on the grizzlies and send them home with some chants!!

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First and foremost SHOWUP (im looking at you CP and Blake)

2nd comeout with energy leading to

3rd sense of urgency thus play GREAT defense

4th Focus. dont allow the refs bs to get to you.

5th ebled needs to be ebled

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Our stars need to step up big time. CP3 was terrible last game though he was fantastic the first two games. BG had a good scoring game but he barely grabbed boards.

CP3 with 20pt/10assists, BG with 20pt/10 reb next game hopefully.

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blake used to be relentless on the boards, wtf happened

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Wouldnt that make it not them ost important game of the series so far? Id say that both of the games we won at home were more important. Yea it will be nice to win this and take it home and win in staples, but even if we lose this one we can go home and still win it on our own court eventually

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Right now it is the most important because this is the next game.

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Chris, Blake and Jamal will be much sharper today, will be a great game.

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They better be. A win tonight would be sooooooo good!

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I have a feeling that Caron will have a huge game tonight. Look for a big dunk and some threes.

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@Ohmeomy: Wearing Lucky Jacket on TV today. Virtually guarantees Clipper win v Grizzlies in P-O game 4. Prime Ticket w/Tip @ 1:30 and pre-game @ 1pm.

Hahaha! Put the team on your back, Ralph!

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Well, at least according to Charles we ahve very little chance and even less from Kenny.. Some old time Clipper must have done something to their mothers in the past.

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i hope the refs actually try to call an even game. key word being try. we got this. i expect double doubles for cp3 and BG. i have a feeling BG will posterize michelle gasol for all the s*** talk that p***y was talking to BG. better ball movement and penetration and we will win.

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According to my 2k game against the computer on hall of fame, the Clippers will win a close game. If things go how they did in the game, we'll trail throughout most of the game but take and hold the lead in the final minute. So far, My 2k predictions have had 100% accuracy this season but I haven't done it since I lost to the Nuggets back in January and we ended up losing to the nuggets to end our streak. Silly, I know.

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^ i hope thats the case. Smile

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Justin Timberlake: "I own the Grizzlies"

L.A. Clippers: "So do we"

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hahaa! lol

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I'm nervous about this game

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Referee's of the night:

Monty McCutchen

Pat Fraher

Bennett Salvatore

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

*I'm not a big fan of Monty McCutchen, he's the same dude who waived off Blake's game winner when Dirk flopped. That being said, we are getting the W today ClipperNation, RISE!!!

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We don't win this were in trouble. With Westbrook going down this is a big opportunity for us to close this series out in 5 games and probably get an extra days rest if we play OKC as I don't think they will sweep Houston now with Westbrook out. And with Westbrook out, it makes playing OKC in round 2 a little more favorable. I figured we'd win against them anyways, but this makes it juuuuuust a little bit less difficult.

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Leeeeeeeeettttttsssss dooooooo thiiissss!!!

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Crap this game is at 430 lol I have to go to work at 5 Sad

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We're up 2-1 and the higher seed with HCA but still, we barley have a chance?

Charles and Kenny are just standing by the Grizzlies (I'm guessing they picked the Grizzlies to win at the beginning of the series.) Now they're just too ashamed to admit that they might have actually been wrong about a team.

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I like this,,CP3 says in the pregame show he has to be more aggressive,,,"I played 30 minutes and didn't get to free throw once",,,,,,,,,,,well duh Chris, they ain't gonna call fouls for us, only against us

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Yeah I agree when he shoots 0 free throws, you know the refs are being one sided. Hopefully they call it fair today. Sheez that's not even asking for much.

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Cp3 needs to shoot MINIMUM 20 shots a game for us in the playoffs. He's the best shooter we have on the team, he can create shots and get to the line. He also shoots an amazingly high percentage from all areas of the floor historically. And if he can draw fouls on Conley and Allen the Grizz are going to be in trouble.

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Grant Hill NEEDS minutes! He's our 2nd best defender and makes hardly any mistakes. Vinny needs to be more creative and try new things. Hill and Green not playing last game was idiotic.

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If we play good defense, force the Grizzlies to commit turnovers, and cut down on our turnovers, we'll win this game.

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Alright game time! Lets do this and crash the board

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AAALRRRRIIIIGHT CLIPPERS! Let's get into championship mode!

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Do any games start on time?

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hack a wallace? godamn get it over with

Silasie
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No

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Need to get fat arse ZBO in foul trouble ASAP and I don't care who we sacrifice to do it,,and the same with GaFlop.

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Yes,,the first one of the day,,after that, no

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that hack-a-guy needs some kind a rule change,,it is such a BS chicken Sh** move

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Very true.

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What the hell? I don't have Prime Ticket so obviously I'm waiting for this Bulls game to end. Has it started yet?

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Wow Nate Robinson!

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How about temporarily putting the game on TBS, you f***** TNT cunts?

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godamnit, missing my clips game for this ****

Clipperfan9
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watch this go to overtime Sad(

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grizz up 14-6....Billups has already missed three shots...where's Willie

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**** you TNT. Put it on TBS.

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Dammit they're hitting their jump shot

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We are in the jumpshooting mode again and now down by 10

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Oh well,,,,they look 100 times better then us

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wttffff? down by 10 already? Im gonna shoot someone

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