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NBA Playoffs 2012: Previewing Memphis Grizzlies' 1st-Round Matchup with Clippers
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The Memphis Grizzlies have fought hard to get to win the fourth or fifth spot in the Western Conference, as will be determined on Thursday when the Grizzlies play the Orlando Magic. They’ve endured the prolonged absence of Zach Randolph and the season-long loss of Darrell Arthur to an Achilles injury.

Also, they fought through a tough stretch of games in late March and early April, which saw them win two of three in a back-to-back-to-back and then sweep a back-to-back against the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks.

In a few days, the Grizzlies will play in one of the more interesting first-round series, with the team holding the home-court advantage determined by the winner of the Grizzlies-Magic game.

The series between the teams with the two lowest franchise winning percentages will have no shortage of excitement. Blake Griffin and Rudy Gay will surely combine for a great number of highlight reel dunks. Mike Conley and Chris Paul will have a great point guard duel.

Fans will be intrigued to see whether Randolph and Marreese Speights can contain Griffin.

Following is a breakdown of what should be a fun series.

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