I doubt there is any other team in the NBA that Grizzlies fans despise more than the Clippers. We may hate the Spurs, and we may love the hell out of beating the Thunder, but no other team the Grizzlies play get under the skin the way the Clippers do. Whether it's a blatant flop, whining to officials like a 12 year old pansy or having a shooter go blazing hot at the most inopportune moment, the LA Clippers have a way of getting my blood pressure boiling (even on a Monday night.)
A couple of things I'll have stowed away in the back of my mind tonight:
- What kind of shooting night does Mike Conley have? So far we have two different Mikes that show up, Baller Mike and Dopey Mike. Dopey Mike shoots under 40% and isn't aggressive on defense while Baller Mike shoots over 60% and forces his opponents to make mistakes all game.
- ZBo and Griffin: see every other game they've played against each other. It's fun to watch, especially if you're a Grizzlies fan. Randolph is looking a bit trimmer this season, so was there some extra motivation in the offseason to physically prepare for the young-pogo-sticks of the league?
- Don't leave J.J. Redick open on the arc the way you were leaving everyone open last night in Sacramento. Please, please, please don't do it. This game will get ugly really fast if the Grizzlies allow LA to spread the floor.
Who comes out on top?