When I watch Game 3 of the Grizzlies-Clippers series, I saw a Grizzlies team who was desperate to not only win, but to look like they belonged. Up into the 4th quarter of Game 2 in LA, the Grizzlies looked like they were the benefit of some regular season luck and could not hold their own when the games got tight.
My stomach was queasy, thinking this was what our team had in them. Then Memphis returned home, to their family and put on a display worthy of the 5-seed in the playoffs; worthy of being on the same court as the Clippers. Now, some pundits and Clips fans say we benefited from a poor shooting night and that there is no way we see that same performance again. To which I say, you are right. But why would they have a bad shooting night? Shots just not falling? I think not. The defensive pressure was amped up by about 1000 every Clipper's possession. I wish I had time to breakdown every possession or check those fancy stats (I'm not Zach Lowe, bless his heart) to see what the average second was on the shot clock when the Clippers simply put up their shot. Denying the ball around every screen, fronting men in the post and keeping active hands on dribble-drives set this Game 3 Grizzly team apart from that of games 1 and 2.
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