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Figured it its about time we get this organized.

Game 1 FedExForum, Memphis, TN Sunday, April, 29, 2012 @ 6:30pm PST TV: TNT Radio: KFWB (with Ralph & Mike - if not on FSPT)

Projected Lineups:

Chris Paul, PG (6-0, 175) Randy Foye, SG (6-4, 213) Caron Butler, SF (6-7, 228) Blake Griffin, PF (6-10, 252) Deandre Jordan, C (6-11, 265)

Mike Conley, PG (6-1, 185) Tony Allen, SG (6-4, 213) Rudy Gay, SF (6-8, 230) Zach Randolph, F (6-9, 260) Marc Gasol, C (7-1, 265)


GAME ON.

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i listed TNT as the TV source and since they usually monopolize our viewing experience, i was wondering if this would be different for the playoffs. i remember catching ralph and mike call the games on tv last time around. anyone know?

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Let's do this Clippers! Game 1 is a very steal-able game. take it, and get HC back

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Playoffs don't start until the home team loses! This will be a hard fought battle and I can see this going 7 games. DJ better learn to box gasol out the box and dont help out. We need rebounding and good sound defense.

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^^^ Yeah, I don't know if DJ is going to start learning that now. More than likely, we'll be seeing a lot of K-Mart this series.

Anyway, I'm hyped. Can't wait for Sunday.

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If we're 2-2 after Game 4 I'd be happy. I think we can steal one of these first 2.

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It will a fight but LAC will win it by 3. Smile

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I'll be happier if Clippers steal a road game from them.

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Split these first two games and we're in control. They should be well-rested. Gotta go balls-out to take game 1.

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Looking at their schedule, Memphis' April included 3 quality wins, the rest were against fluff and teams trying to get more ping pong balls in the draft, and even still most of those games went down to the wire.

Memphis and Denver have the same fundamental flaw: They don't have a star/go-to-guy. When they need baskets, they don't have a clear cut leader. So no lead they have on a team is safe.

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everyone and their mother knows our biggest weakness is defending the 3. its a good thing the 3 ball isnt memphis' strength.

im most worried about memphis' ability to get those offensive boards - they're ranked 3rd in the league. its imperative for DJ to stay grounded and i worry that gasol's gonna pull him out of the paint (and out of rebounding position). gotta go get em - someone tell these guys every possession matters.

might we see more reggie for DJ out there if DJ's not showing early?

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I'd love for reggie to be out there instead of DJ. he'll grab the boards that he's supposed to get, and then he'll get us a few EXTRA possessions with some offensive boards on top of that. for some reason reggie hasn't been playing lately, and that needs to change

PS sorry I edited your post, I clicked edit instead of quote -_-. gotto get used to that lol

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ROUND ONE SCOUTING REPORT

Eric Patten (@ericpatten) | 4/26/12

The Clippers and Grizzlies. It's maybe the best first round playoff matchup in recent NBA lore, a pair of rugged, athletic teams that pose matchup problems for almost anyone.

The Grizzlies (41-25) closed the season with 14 wins in their final 17 games, including six in a row, while the Clippers (40-26) were 14-5 in their last 19.

The back end of their April schedule turned out favorable for Memphis as they played home games against Cleveland and the severely undermanned Hornets and Magic. As well as taking on New Orleans (loss), Charlotte, and Minnesota on the road. Aside from Thursday's matchup with Orlando, who was without Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, and Glen Davis among others, the Grizzlies have not played a team with a winning record since April 14.

Clippers.com talked about the matchup with a Western Conference front office executive as well as an advance scout for an opposing team. Here's a look at how they break down the Grizzlies and the series, which, not surprisingly, is expected to last at least six games.

STARTERS

Mike Conley, PG (6-1, 185). "Mike Conley is a completely underrated defender," the Western Conference executive said. "He's one of the best point-guard defenders in the league. He baits bigs into not seeing him coming and digs down on them [for steals]." "Conley is great at getting in passing lanes," said the opposing team's advance scout. "And he's a terrific weak-side defender." "It's more freelancing almost," the West executive continued. "He has a terrific nose for the ball." According to the opposing scout, Conley's a better shooter than people think. He's made 60 3-pointers in 159 attempts (37.7%) and has shot a career-best 86.1% from the free throw line this season.

Tony Allen, SG (6-4, 213). "The face of the defense is Tony Allen," the executive said. He's back to full strength after missing five games with a facial laceration, returning to the lineup on April 14 and recording a career-high eight steals nine days later against Cleveland "He can impact games on the defensive end of the floor [the way most players do offensively]," the executive said. He added that Allen "isn't a shooter you necessarily have to guard. If he makes a couple you're not going to run out and guard him." "Tony Allen's the heart and soul of the whole team," the scout said.

Rudy Gay, SF (6-8, 230). "Gay definitely has an advantage over Caron Butler [in terms of the starting lineup]," the scout said. ... "Gay's one of their best athletes "the scout added. "He can post up and [isolate] you." "At the end of the game, they have two monsters [Randolph and Gay]," the executive said. "Gay can post, go iso, and make his free throws." On the other end, the executive implored you have to make Rudy Gay play defense. Gay's been on par with previous years scoring-wise (18.9 points per game), but he's shooting a career-worst 31.4% from 3-point range.

Marreese Speights, PF (6-10, 255). "You have to make Zach Randolph and Marresse Speights guard Blake [Griffin]," the executive said. On offense, Speights is "one of three bigs who is capable of making shots from the perimeter (Randolph and Gasol)," the scout said. He's played 20-25 minutes per game since Randolph returned from surgery to repair a partially torn MCL in his knee. His scoring and rebounding numbers are consistent at home and on the road Speights averages 13.4 rebounds per 48 minutes (26th in league). Prior to this season, his first with Memphis, Speights played 50 minutes combined in five career postseason games with Philadelphia (2008-09 and 2010-11).

Marc Gasol, C (7-1, 265). The executive raved about Gasol. "He has a phenomenal skill set for a guy his size." The scout added that Gasol can pass, shoot from range, and "it's not like he's plodding up and down the court in transition." And he said that Gasol is playing the best defense of his career. ... "They run a lot of screen roll to get the ball in the post, which is kind of unusual," the executive said about the Grizzlies' half-court offense. "Gasol and Randolph find each other in the low post. They are the best high-low team in the league."

KEY RESERVES

O.J. Mayo, G (6-4, 210). "Mayo gets in that scrappy group off the bench," the executive said. "The problem for an opponent with that group is all of a sudden they have a shooter when Mayo comes in." But he said Mayo has tendency to be streaky. "You just have to hope that he doesn't have it going too much."

Zach Randolph, F (6-9, 260). "Z-Bo has always been a terrific one-on-one, low post scorer," the scout said. "Coming off the bench, he gives you a guy who can get you 20-10 [points and rebounds." As mentioned earlier by the executive, Randolph along with Gay is a monster at the end of games. The scout agreed saying, "We saw that Z-Bo can knock down clutch free throws in the playoffs last year." "Both bigs [Gasol and Randolph] can go out to 15-17 feet and Randolph can go out to 3-point line once in a while," the executive said. Traditionally, Randolph is one of the league's better rebounders, averaging better than 10 per game in seven of his 11 NBA seasons. The scout said, Randolph "looks to be rounding into form" after returning from a slight medial collateral ligament tear in his right knee.

OTHER ROTATION PLAYERS

Dante Cunningham, F (6-8, 230); Gilbert Arenas, G (6-4, 215); Quincy Pondexter, F (6-6, 225). Both the scout and executive praised Memphis' bench. The executive said, "Even when they go to a smaller, scrappier group with Dante Cunningham at the four, they're still long, athletic and can run." Arenas is suffering from a torn ligament in a finger on his right hand. Rookie Josh Selby could spell Arenas if he's unable to play. Pondexter is nursing a sprained knee, but is expected to be ready for the playoffs. While six of the top seven rotation players for Memphis were part of last season's playoff run, Cunningham, Arenas, and Pondexter were not. All three were acquired during the regular season.

NOTES ON MEMPHIS

Defensively: "They're so athletic," the executive said. "They just scrap. They have multiple guys on the wings that can defend, but their identity comes from Tony Allen, who sets the tone for what they do." The scout pointed to Allen as well, saying, the Defensive Player of the Year candidate "epitomizes the defense." He added that the Grizzlies' strength is to force turnovers and push the ball and score points off those turnovers, including the makeup of the group and its energy being what gets them going.

Offensively: "The thing about this team is they have multiple personalities," the executive said. "They can get out in transition because of their defense and are effective in the half court." They're a high-low team and can pick you apart with their bigs passing, which, according to the executive, is rare. "They're not just deer running up and down the court," the scout added. "They get into the half court and post you up." Both consultants agreed, the depth and quality of their front court with Speights, Gay, Randolph, and Gasol make them tough. "They play really well together," the executive said of the Grizzlies' offense.

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"Between the Clippers and Grizzlies, they're two of the deepest teams in the West," the scout said. "Memphis might have a slight edge in terms of the starters, but Randy Foye's been playing great." He said the way the Clippers have been shooting the ball over the last few weeks might give them an advantage. "A guy like Foye, you have to guard from the opening minute because he's liable to hit seven or eight threes," the scout said. "It will be important for L.A. to make 3-pointers all series and force the Grizzlies to stay on the shooters. You can't let them roam around."

Chris Paul, who is expected to be at full strength after sitting out Wednesday for precautionary reasons with a mild left groin strain, is "the key to the whole series", according to the scout. "He has to handle the ball without making mistakes and that's what he does." The Clippers finished the season averaging the second fewest turnovers in the league at 13.3 per game. The scout felt that because of the level Paul tends to play at in big games, he will be able to penetrate even with Allen or Conley on him. He added, "If Foye, Butler, [Nick] Young, and Mo [Williams] can make shots it will really open things up."

That being said, the executive reiterated that you still "have to bait the Grizzlies into things, make them take gambles." He said there are often opportunities by taking advantage of Memphis' aggressiveness. "If they're going to trap, you have to try to get them engaged a little longer," he said. "If you do that, you can attack gaps and get open shots on the weak side." And, of course, both consultants were adamant that you can't turn the ball over against the Grizzlies. "The first line of defense is a good offense," the executive said. "It allows you to be able to set up your defense much better." The scout said beating Memphis is about attacking when you have opportunities and keeping the ball out of the Grizzlies' fast break.

A major part of the Clippers' attack may be freeing up Griffin, who the scout says, along with Paul "has a lot to prove because of how competitive they are." And even with a lack of experience in the playoffs, the scout said, "Blake will be Blake. He's been getting better from the perimeter." Griffin's improvement from outside of the paint was evidenced by the last two nights. Against the Hawks, he shot 7-of-11 from 16-23 feet and the following game in New York he was a perfect 11-for-11 inside of 15 feet. "The key will be if Griffin and DeAndre Jordan can make a few more free throws," the scout said. "Just getting to the line will be hugely important, but Jordan and Griffin have to shoot a better percentage."

Overall, the scout thought the Grizzlies might have a slim edge because of their previous playoff experience, getting a game away from the West Finals last year, and owning home court advantage. Memphis has not lost at FedEx Forum since a 114-110 overtime loss to Toronto on March 16. Still, that's no reason to believe the Clippers can't win the series. "Both teams are hungry," the scout said. "And the Clippers may have a big chip on their shoulder because all [of the pundits] seem to be picking Memphis."

SEASON SERIES RECAP

GRIZZLIES 94, CLIPPERS 85, April 9, 2012: FULL RECAP

The Clippers played one of the poorest first halves of April in Memphis, but were down just 11 at the start of the third quarter. A fourth-quarter flurry pulled the Clippers to within three with less than a minute to go, but a dunk by Gay with the 24-second clock winding down and a turnover by Paul on the ensuing possession ultimately sealed the win for the Grizzlies. Paul finished with 21 points and six assists and Griffin had 14 points and 14 rebounds (10 offensive). The loss was indicative of how easy things can get away when shots are not falling from the perimeter against Memphis' defense. They went 4-of-18 from 3-point range and were particularly poor in the first 36 minutes when Memphis led by as many as 17 points. Mo Williams (toe) and Allen (facial laceration) did not play.

CLIPPERS 101, GRIZZLIES 85, March 24, 2012: FULL RECAP

To a large extent, this was considered the turnaround in the Clippers season. The trouble in L.A. was well-documented with the team mired in its only three-game losing streak of the year, but they hammered the well-rested Grizzlies by closing the first quarter on a 12-0 run. The Clippers made shots, played defense, and protected the ball. Foye scored 18 points (nine in the third quarter), Butler had 12 (6-of-11 shooting), and Young dropped in 16 off the bench. It all complimented double-doubles by Griffin and Paul and proved Memphis' vulnerability when an opposing offense limits their turnovers and hits from the perimeter.

CLIPPERS 98, GRIZZLIES 91, January 26, 2012: FULL RECAP

It was the first of six ABA Hardwood Classic games for the Clippers, who donned powder blue L.A. Stars uniforms to counter the mismatched green and gold Memphis Tams. To some extent, this game has little bearing on where the teams are now. The Grizzlies were without Randolph (knee surgery) and the Clippers had Chauncey Billups starting alongside Paul. Additionally, key rotation players for the Clippers like Young, Kenyon Martin, and Eric Bledsoe (knee) were not in the mix yet.

Source: http://www.nba.com/clippers/features/round-one-scouting-report-patten- 120426.html

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The best matchup in the first round of the playoffs.

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Go clippers it our time to shut up the rest of the NBA !! No more door mat !!! Let's sweep and rest for 2nd round !!! Rise clipper nation !!!

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No way man. I fully expect to win both games at home so we need to win game 1 and/or 2 on the road. If we're 2-2, that means we gotta win 2 out 3 with 5 and especially game 7 at Memphis.

I truly believe we win game 1. I'd bet money on it if I was in Vegas!

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sz123456 wrote:
If we're 2-2 after Game 4 I'd be happy. I think we can steal one of these first 2.

No way man. I fully expect to win both games at home so we need to win game 1 and/or 2 on the road. If we're 2-2, that means we gotta win 2 out 3 with 5 and especially game 7 at Memphis.

I truly believe we win game 1. I'd bet money on it if I was in Vegas!

I know a guy. Ill ask what's are odds? probably good. lol. Smile

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The teams that scare me are Memphis and the Lakers. We can beat anyone else including the Spurs. Those two teams have the same gritty nastiness we do. If our shots fall we're unbeatable. Paul will turn this team to wolverines.

Our big key is DJ. He can't get torched by Gasol again. Box out our Bro' .Paul is going to have to find a way to set him up for something else than dunks. Blow a posession or two and let DJ post up. His footwork has improved but he has to learn to keep the ball higher. Just one move is all he needs two dribbles and go baseline or something.Maybe he can work all day and get one.

Defenders can't sag off on BG's jumper. anymore. A pick and roll with DJ will be potent because Blake can beat any Big off the dribble and you'd also have to worry about DJ.

Give DJ perimeter shots. Is he 3 for 4 on his jumper lol MAYBE THIS IN NOT STUPID A lot of guys can shoot but not FT's. This may not be luck (fat chance)

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So much anxiety building up! Go Clips!

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I figure this will be one of most important game this series. Clippers need to go all out and win this game 1. It's crucial to set a tone this series. Let's go Clips!

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I have a feeling that bg will gO off on Memphis for some reason

And we take game one

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do you have psychic powers? lol. lol

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I might lol When I have a feeling it's ALMOST always right

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Imagine how much criticism and hate Vinny would get if he left CP3 in with a minute to go and a 12 point lead. Just goes to show that nobody's perfect.

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A big key to the game will be whether or not the Clips will come out and play defense for four quarters. If they come out coasting on D in the first quarter like they normally do, and waiting until 3 minutes left in the 4th to get hard, they aren't taking the playoffs seriously. This is a road game, and they aren't going to win it by out-shooting and out-freethrowing Memphis in Memphis.

They should be watching how Miami is playing D in the first half today. Swarming all over everybody.

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Good point.

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Haha! James Worthy and Lisa Leslie picking the Clips to win. Talking about Reggie Foye and how we need to "cut down on those bonehead turnovers"...

I guess nobody told them we're 2nd best in the league at taking care of the ball.

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F U C K this guy.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/20 ... y-to-hate/

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Game 1 will show us a lot in how we can fair for the rest of the playoffs in my opinion.

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Hooch20 wrote:
F U C K this guy.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/20 ... y-to-hate/

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Geoff Calkins: All flash, Clippers are easy to hate

He's a jackass, pandering to the hicks.

F*ck with Ralph and you f*ck with Clipper nation!!!

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who the f*** is geoff calkins. if that name does not say " redneck, hillbilly" idk what is. yeah he is a jackass. and yes, if u mess with ralph, you mess with all clipper nation. imbecil doesnt realize that ralph is a legend of broadcasting.

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I dont care what Happens tomorrow as long as we play great and fight. We can win, I hope the guys all have good games and no one has a bad game that we can all PINPOINT and blame them. If The grizzlies win with all our guys playing great so be it, but its the playoffs. Our stars and bench guys have to step it up like never before

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Nick Young will have a bad game. Because that's all he has. I blame him right now. We need good games from Foye and Mo so Nick doesn't get touches.

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Can't wait for Reggie Foye to grab those tough boards and catch fire from the 3 point line! lol

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lol

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Hooch20 wrote:
F U C K this guy.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/20 ... y-to-hate/

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Geoff Calkins: All flash, Clippers are easy to hate

lol this Geoff Calkins is acting like a professional troll (it helps that he looks like a total nerd).

Calkins tweeted:

Ralph Lawler sent an email: "While Ginobili may have played only 1 game, he played the balance of the series as a 1-armed player."

More: "They were not the formidable foes they would have otherwise been. If you do not understand and accept that you are in the minority."

i think there's a pretty good chance Ralph relays the message this guy's sending to the team. Ralph's known to find things like this to give the guys even more purpose. kinda like how he always tells Chris where we hold incredible losing streaks (San Antonio, Denver, etc) - and Chris follows up by taking it to another level and breaking those streaks.

thanks Geoff. (lol the dude even goes by the dork version of Jeff)

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Deandre Jordan needs to be a presense. Not even offensively but he cant be a liability either. And Randy Foye will be huge...i dont even want to get too into it yet until I see what we do the first game.

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oh by the way, Blake needs to get a hard foul early and manup and talk **** and get in someone face early. Zach Randolph is dirty so he is the perfect guy to do it. Randolph cant guard Blake one on one so he will get frustrated and do it. Its time for Blake to grow some balls this is the PLAYOFFS BABY!

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Hooch20 wrote:
F U C K this guy.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/20 ... y-to-hate/

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Geoff Calkins: All flash, Clippers are easy to hate

That was seriously one of the most unprofessional articles I've ever read. It sounded like an angry teenager.

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If the LA kings can do it, so can tue clippers. just got to play 48 min of basketball. good D. player movement and control tempo. its easier said than done but with cp it can be done. clippers in six

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sz123456 wrote:
Hooch20 wrote:
F U C K this guy.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/20 ... y-to-hate/

Quote:

Geoff Calkins: All flash, Clippers are easy to hate

That was seriously one of the most unprofessional articles I've ever read. It sounded like an angry teenager.

Geoff Calkins: No flash, Calkins is easy to throw away as a writer.

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sz123456 wrote:
Hooch20 wrote:
F U C K this guy.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/20 ... y-to-hate/

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Geoff Calkins: All flash, Clippers are easy to hate

That was seriously one of the most unprofessional articles I've ever read. It sounded like an angry teenager.

my thoughts exactly.

hating on the players even the owner is one thing, but ralph? come on. guy is a saint. How ppl like him are called proffesional writers is beyond me.

And the fan base bought it? wow.

Lol at the comment section. one douche even went as far as saying we were Pu#%es if we didnt have the article up on this site.

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we should all call that number of Geoff and complain about how bad his article is or email him. What a wack article, so unprofessional. Now it makes me hate memphis even more. They had one upset victory last year in the playoff and they think they are the $hit. I hope we whoop on them so bad and send them arrogant fans back to reality.

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Early Line: Memphis by 5.5, O/U 184

So, 94-89 Memphis or thereabouts.

Last three Clipper games at Memphis we scored 85, 82, 82.

Memphis avg 99 pts at home -- Clips avg 96 pts on the road

Clips defense avg 99 pts on the road. Memphis defense avg 96 at home.

It's pretty clear why the Clips are the dogs here. They are going to have to dig deep to get first game. But don't bet money on it.

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You know what they are going to do: hound Chris Paul. Double off screens, chase him off, don't let him turn the corner. Make him pass to Foye. Wear him and his groin down. Make Foye and Butler make shots to beat them.

At least that's what I'd do if I was Memphis. They will make it tough to score. What should the Clippers do while they are struggling to score? Make it tougher for Memphis to score. That's our recipe to win. They have no great scores, just some good ones that can be slowed down.

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we need to use the "black" zone D from the beginningto smother them. make them realize we can also defend. i also suggest the clips letting DJ shoot a 15 footer. while it may sound crazy, he has shown he can actually shoot from there. add a wrinkle to our offense. cp3 needs to penetrate, kick out to the open shooters and have our shooters make their shots. we also need our team, particularly DJ and Bg to make their FT's at a 70 percent clip. they do that, and we beat memphis in less than 6 games.

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im pupmed up for both LA playoff teams tmr!

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How come the game thread is in the "Multimedia" section? Is this normal?

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Im stoked is it 6:30 yet????

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