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NBA Playoffs throwback: Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs, 2011, Game 5 of the Western Conference 1st round.

Gary Neal drains a buzzer beater to send the game into overtime. The Spurs would win the battle but lose the war. Memphis would advance to play the Thunder in the conference semifinals.

The rematch has begun and game 2 is tonight at 9PM ET on ESPN.

Marc Gasol and the saddest t-shirt wearing of the playoffs.

Marc Gasol and the saddest t-shirt wearing of the playoffs.

It was a gritty and grimy game tonight.
— Zach Randolph, describing Game Two against the Thunder, and really, every game of his NBA career.

NBA Playoffs throwback: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 2011, Western Conference semifinals.

In a must-win game 4 with the Thunder down 2-1 in the series, Russell Westbrook goes for 40 in Memphis in a triple overtime victory. The Thunder go on to win the series before losing to Dallas in the WC Finals.

The rematch, sans Russ, begins Sunday at 1pm ET on ABC.

What exactly is the best way to describe the Memphis Grizzlies/Los Angeles Clippers playoff series? While it lacks the offensively flash of the Golden State Warriors-Denver Nuggets series or the kung fu movie like plot line about James Harden returning to Oklahoma City to knock out his former teammates. The best thing that the Grizzlies-Clippers series has going is the fact that these two teams do not like each other. It will most likely the physicality of the Knicks-Heats playoff showdowns of yore, the intensity will be there. A lot of it. This series could go either way and it’s going to be a slug fest. 
In fairness, I’m a little more partial to the Clippers because living in Southern California, I can watch more of their games instead of the Grizzlies (Sorry Grizzlies fans), but it will be interesting to see if Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan can match up with Zach Randolph and the best center in the league, Marc Gasol. This Clipper team is certainly better than last season’s, but it lacks the physical presence of Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans off the bench. At the same time, the Grizzlies lack a strong scorer. 
It all comes down to Chris Paul. If Chris Paul is Chris Paul and plays out of his mind, then the Clippers have a strong chance of advancing to the next round. 

What exactly is the best way to describe the Memphis Grizzlies/Los Angeles Clippers playoff series? While it lacks the offensively flash of the Golden State Warriors-Denver Nuggets series or the kung fu movie like plot line about James Harden returning to Oklahoma City to knock out his former teammates. The best thing that the Grizzlies-Clippers series has going is the fact that these two teams do not like each other. It will most likely the physicality of the Knicks-Heats playoff showdowns of yore, the intensity will be there. A lot of it. This series could go either way and it’s going to be a slug fest. 

In fairness, I’m a little more partial to the Clippers because living in Southern California, I can watch more of their games instead of the Grizzlies (Sorry Grizzlies fans), but it will be interesting to see if Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan can match up with Zach Randolph and the best center in the league, Marc Gasol. This Clipper team is certainly better than last season’s, but it lacks the physical presence of Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans off the bench. At the same time, the Grizzlies lack a strong scorer. 

It all comes down to Chris Paul. If Chris Paul is Chris Paul and plays out of his mind, then the Clippers have a strong chance of advancing to the next round. 

NBA Playoffs throwback: Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 2012, Western Conference quarterfinals. 

Comebacks be cray cray! Chris Paul plays 38 minutes and Nick Young scores 19 points during a 26-1 Clippers run in the 4th quarter of Game 1. All of this in the face of Z-Bo push-ups and a kid’s head exploding courtside. At least Memphis won’t have to worry about Rudy Gay missing the last shot this year.

The rematch begins in Los Angeles Saturday night at 10:30pm EST on ESPN.

How bout some Raptors news? Memphis has traded Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors in a three-team deal involving Detroit. 
Grizzlies get: Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye, and a 2nd round draft pick
Pistons get: Jose Calderon’s expiring
Raptors get: Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi 

How bout some Raptors news? Memphis has traded Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors in a three-team deal involving Detroit. 

Grizzlies get: Ed Davis, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye, and a 2nd round draft pick

Pistons get: Jose Calderon’s expiring

Raptors get: Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi 

Marc Gasol puts the MOVES on Kendrick Perkins. Damn son.

Who’d have thought that a ‘Beat L.A.’ chant would ever mean the Clippers?
— Jeff Van Gundy
A sad trend has started to developed in the first round of the 2012 playoffs. It started in Philadelphia when Sixers fans cheered Joakim Noah’s injury and it happened again in Memphis last night. 
The biggest bone of contention with Blake Griffin is his flopping. Griffin isn’t tough enough. He falls down with the slightest touch. So when he went down late in the third quarter after making contact with Marc Gasol, the fans at FedEx Forum began to boo and Twitter started to call Griffin, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. 
I would hope at this point we as basketball fans would be able to tell the difference between a flop and an actual injury. Obviously watching the game on television, I had a better understanding of what happened and the knowledge that the knee Griffin strained was the same leg that he injured back in 2009 and sidelined him for an entire season. This isn’t a soccer and a trainer isn’t going to come out with a magical spray can, when a trainer comes to the floor, it’s probably an injury.
Fans have the right to boo any player they want, but can we just hold off when it comes to an injury? If the injury was faked, then boo the player as soon as he gets back up and runs around the court. 
As for Griffin and Paul’s injuries: Blake Griffin sprained his left knee and is expected to have an MRI today and Paul has a sore right hip. 

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

A sad trend has started to developed in the first round of the 2012 playoffs. It started in Philadelphia when Sixers fans cheered Joakim Noah’s injury and it happened again in Memphis last night. 

The biggest bone of contention with Blake Griffin is his flopping. Griffin isn’t tough enough. He falls down with the slightest touch. So when he went down late in the third quarter after making contact with Marc Gasol, the fans at FedEx Forum began to boo and Twitter started to call Griffin, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. 

I would hope at this point we as basketball fans would be able to tell the difference between a flop and an actual injury. Obviously watching the game on television, I had a better understanding of what happened and the knowledge that the knee Griffin strained was the same leg that he injured back in 2009 and sidelined him for an entire season. This isn’t a soccer and a trainer isn’t going to come out with a magical spray can, when a trainer comes to the floor, it’s probably an injury.

Fans have the right to boo any player they want, but can we just hold off when it comes to an injury? If the injury was faked, then boo the player as soon as he gets back up and runs around the court. 

As for Griffin and Paul’s injuries: Blake Griffin sprained his left knee and is expected to have an MRI today and Paul has a sore right hip. 

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

While every one and their mother wants to throw Blake Griffin out of the league for flopping and an inability to play tough (if the referees are going to call it, then it’s on the referees), there are more glaring problems in his overall game. 
Griffin only had five rebounds before fouling out in over time. I believe Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said something in the post game press conference that the Clippers bigs were attempting to box out Memphis on the glass, but the Grizzlies won the rebound game that night. 
So, Blake Griffin, please get more rebounds and lock yourself in a gym and work on those free throws. 
Also, Zach Randolph isn’t fully back from his injury and if ZBo was 100%, it would be a completely different series. 
(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

While every one and their mother wants to throw Blake Griffin out of the league for flopping and an inability to play tough (if the referees are going to call it, then it’s on the referees), there are more glaring problems in his overall game. 

Griffin only had five rebounds before fouling out in over time. I believe Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said something in the post game press conference that the Clippers bigs were attempting to box out Memphis on the glass, but the Grizzlies won the rebound game that night. 

So, Blake Griffin, please get more rebounds and lock yourself in a gym and work on those free throws. 

Also, Zach Randolph isn’t fully back from his injury and if ZBo was 100%, it would be a completely different series. 

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Post Game Conference Looks with Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, and, Chris Paul

Not only is the Clippers-Grizzlies series the best series of the opening round, but perhaps the best dressed.  

Photos by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

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Marc Gasol looked a little bit different in high school.

If I had to guess, I’d say that Zach Randolph used to stash all his drugs in Marc Gasol. 

thescore:

Marc Gasol looked a little bit different in high school.

If I had to guess, I’d say that Zach Randolph used to stash all his drugs in Marc Gasol. 

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