In the midst of this two-game losing streak, some of the problems with the Memphis Grizzlies have arisen: Poor offensive execution, defensive lapses and scoring droughts come to mind. However, those losses had some merit. The Knicks are as dangerous as they've been in years and the Heat, for all the problems they've caused themselves, can still dish out a good many of their own.
Tonight's home contest against the Los Angeles Clippers, who, although 5-1 in the month of March, does not have that kind of on-the-brightside safety net. The Clips are dangerous when they're engaged, but the Grizzlies need to have games like this coming down the stretch.
A shorter, typed during lunch break preview after the jump..
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As I said, I'm doing this on a limited time schedule today, and what always works in a pinch? A list, that's what.
Here are five things to watch during the Clippers/Grizzlies tonight:
1. All-Star worthy forwards. Obviously, but still. The Blake Griffin/Zach Randolph pairing will be fun to watch as the two likely attempt to bulldoze one another throughout the night. Randolph needs to use his tricks to get Griffin in foul trouble. I feel like I'm talking about myself, in which case Randolph would have no problem obtaining foul trouble.
2. Trends. As I mentioned before, the Clips are 5-1 in March because it's March Madness and that's what happens around this time. Also, because they're bringing it on a more consistent basis since Mo Williams came over from Cleveland (Not sure if he's necessarily the reason or not). The Grizzlies on the other hand haven't lost three games in a row since December, and, while the previous two are at least understandable, this isn't the time nor the place to let bad habits take over.
3. Shooting. The Grizzlies were not good at it on Saturday and hopefully the friendly confines of home will help. We could probably attribute Saturday to Erick Dampier's incredibly intimidating paint presence, too if that helps. It doesn't.
4. Establish dominance. Counting tonight, I guess the Grizzlies will play the Clippers three times in their last 15 games, which is a little ridiculous. Getting a win tonight will set the tone for this three-game end of the year series with L.A.; We wouldn't want to look back at these three games in anger, would we?
/Terrible Oasis reference. Sorry.
5. The gap is slowly widening. Memphis now holds a game-and-a-half lead over Phoenix for the eighth playoff spot. Let's not let this little bit of room shrink right as we got it. Tonight is about doing what is necessary to win and coming out ready as it appears the Clippers will be ready to spoil whatever's in front of them.
Alright, I'm sure there are other keys that I missed. Help me out in the comments and we'll see ya tonight.