There’s nothing I hate more than having to worry about two things at once. Like when I have two exams on the same day, or a bunch of papers to write. It’s hard to focus on any one thing, because you’re too busy worrying about everything. What does any of this have to do with the Grizzlies? Well, after their game one loss, I found myself saying “okay, as long we take one in LA, and get home court back, we’re fine.” Then, I had a sudden realization….oh no, WHAT IF THEY LOSE GAME 2?! THEY’D BE DONE!
Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, but you see how it was a bit scary suddenly having to worry about whether or not the Grizzlies could get the split, as well as whether or not they’d be able to take one on the road. That stuff stresses you out. Now, the first phase of that is done. Now, it’s time to beat the Clippers on their own floor, and regain control of the series.
Of course, there could be some roadblocks, considering the Grizzlies haven’t beaten the Clippers away from the Fed Ex Forum yet this year. But looking at the flow of the series so far, I have to think the odds are in their favor. For one thing, if they don’t completely shut down in the 4th quarter of game 1, they’d be up 2-0, and we’d be getting our brooms out. Additionally, we’ve seen the Grizzlies completely shut down Chris Paul for lengthy periods of time, and we’ve seen them come away with a win even when he’s playing out of his mind.
That was the great thing about Game 2. It seemed like the hardest type of game to win, the kind where even when the defense keeps the other team from getting open shots, they all still end up going in anyway. Additionally, the Grizzlies couldn’t hit threes to save their lives. But, because they have a tough defense that usually finds a way to exploit one weakness or another, they came out on top, primarily by dominating the turnover battle.
The scariest thing about going to LA is that on their home court, the Clippers’ Lob City routine could prove to be way more effective. Sure, they pulled off some nice alley-oops in the first two games, but they were never able to completely take over the game by doing that, nor did they ever swing the momentum significantly their direction. With a screaming crowd cheering them on, they may be able to assert themselves in ways they couldn’t in Memphis. Still, based on how the grizzlies have looked in the first two games, I’d be stunned if they didn’t take at least one game in Los Angeles. They’re simply too tough and too deep not to.