Monday, April 30, 2012

Oh Me, Oh My!

"If we come back to win this game, I'm calling the series over."

Adam Levine
Hip To Clipp Staff Writer

Maybe Adam got a little ahead of himself; the series is far from over. But there is no doubt that the Clippers made a huge statement last night in Memphis by mounting one of the biggest comebacks in NBA playoff history. Stealing a road game is big in any playoff series, but a victory of this magnitude is huge for the Clippers momentum. Additionally, giving up a 27 point lead at home has to be devastatingly demoralizing in the Grizzlies' locker room.

Some thoughts...
  • The Grizzlies aren't going to play that well for three quarters of basketball ever again. They made it rain, shooting 68% from behind the arc as a team. That obviously won't continue. Rest assured, Mike Conley Jr. won't be dancing around like that idiot at the gym that everyone hates any longer.
  • I hate to pull this excuse out, but the officiating seemed brutally one-sided. I know, it's the officiating always sucks, and someone always has something to bitch about, but it seemed absurd. Am I being a homer? Whatever.
  • Deandre Jordan looked awful. He finished with 5 points and 7 rebounds. Like we talked about in the round table, if he doesn't show up to play, we are going to have a tough time having any presence in the paint. He needs to wake up and show up.
  • Swaggy P!!!!! Nick Young is the man. (When he hit that third three pointer, the entire Hip to Clipp staff sounded like a group of 13 year old girls getting a strip tease from the cast of Twilight.)
  • Vinny, go small! With Caron going down, I really hope we don't see 30 minutes from Bobby Simmons. Change it up, get Mo and Bledsoe in there. Keep it interesting, when things are stagnant get those energy guys in there.
  • Speaking of Energy... Eric Bledsoe and Reggie Evans. YES! These guys are huge sparks off the bench and we can't say enough positive things about them. Their hustle and enthusiasm is unmatched. Although limited, their minutes are very valuable to keeping this team in close games.
What a fantastic game to watch. We did learn, though, that it won't be easy. The first three quarters of game 1 were a perfect storm in the Grizzlies favor, that won't happen again. However, there's no doubt that this series will be one of two good teams battling it out.

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