One more time. One more game.
As much as we all think all is happy in Grizzland right now, there is some happy, and there is some sad…Happy: Well, the Griz won. Duh. They scored in the paint for half a game, and that was enough, and they made NOT ONE three. Horrible from three, great inside. That’s Grizzlies ball. It was about spacing-not allowing half the Clips’ roster to cover up the painted area and take away even the simplest entry pass. Hitting the outside shot (which Gasol and Randolph both did in the first quarter) helped, but it was the spacing by the wings and PG’s that allowed better success with the entry passes.
Sad: The Grizzlies scored well in the paint for half the game. Gasol and ZBo scored just about ZILCH after halftime, and that ain’t cool. The Grizzlies scored not one basket from three…and if they’re only gonna score inside through the main guys for half a game, the three, never a big part of the Grizzlies’ game, has to at least be at least available as an occasional scoring option.
Happy: The Clippers rode an incredible wave of “we’re playin’ five-on-eight” emotion after the smattering of technical fouls they EARNED in that third quarter, and couldn’t catch all the way up. They played as hard and as physically as they were able, and that level of effort was not enough to get them the win. Actually, trying to play that hard got them in a bit of trouble, with Paul aggravating an existing injury and Blake coming down awkwardly from 20-odd feet in the air onto his knee.
Sad: The Grizzlies nearly choked away another twenty-plus point lead AT HOME. Painful, painful. Getting into the Clippers’ heads enough to cause that meltdown in the third was great. The Clippers don’t know how to close out an opponent, at least not Griffin, Foye, Bledsoe, Jordan, etc. Yes, Paul, Butler, Williams all have deeper playoff runs under their belts, but the wild pogo stick business of that starting frontcourt is not a recipe for playoff success…but the Grizzlies have run out of chances to give games away to the Floppers.
Happy: The Grizzlies finally forced the Clips into a poor shooting percentage.
Sad: They still almost gave away the game.
Friday is yet another desperation game for the Grizzlies. A one-point loss and an OT loss in LA…why can’t they win one?