@WojYahooNBA is reporting this: that Boston would receive DeAndre Jordan and two first-round picks; Donald Sterling is willing to pay Rivers at or near his current salary, and that Garnett is in for the idea of reuniting with Rivers and assistant Clippers coach Ty Lue; the Clippers are reaching out to Chris Paul for assurance that he will resign with L.A..
The potential stumbling block is that Danny Ainge wants the trade to include Eric Bledsoe. And who knows what that would mean, long term, for Rajon Rondo.
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.
Have you seen this clip of the Warriors bench from last Wednesday’s game in Oakland? Blake Griffin forces up a three at the end of the shot clock and clangs it off the side of the backboard, and the bench - specifically Kent Bazemore - goes nuts.
We can’t confirm this, but it seems likely that Blake Griffin and the Clippers have also seen this clip, and they took it personally tonight. Griffin’s line in the first quarter alone:
When you consider that Chris Paul was in the game throwing alley oops to the starters while up by 35 (granted, it was still the third quarter), you have to think that the Clippers were avenging more than just a loss last night. That, or they were making sure teammate Ronny Turiaf retains his title as King of the Bench Dances.