After a rare win at Portland's Rose Garden, the Grizzlies fly south to face the high-flying Clippers. With last season's first-round playoff exit fresh in mind, will Memphis exact revenge or be side by side with Brandon Knight?
Tonight is the night. I can already smell the playoff stank from sweaty Memphis fans ready and waiting to smash Blake Griffin's flopping self. If the officiating from last night is any indication of this game, and I like to think that it is, we should be in for a long one.
The thing about being known as one of the hard-nosed teams of the league means you get the opposition's most physical play. I just can not see any NBA coach before a game: "The Grizzlies are one of the most physical teams in the league...so let's beat them with FINESSE!" No. Every team gets hyped up to try and match our physicality and hustle. That's how the Clippers responded in last year's playoffs with the likes of Griffin, Reggie Evans and Eric Bledsoe. I fully expect them to try to "out-grind" us again tonight.
The key match-up for this game is always the bench. Our starting lineups perform evenly every game, but we get destroyed by Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes and company. To win, the Grizzlies must control Los Angeles' bench production. For more on tonight's game with the Clippers be sure to check out the game preview later today. Enough talking, time to PROPHESY!!