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Now here is where it gets very interesting. Blake Griffin and Kenyon Martin against Zach Randolph and Marreese Speights is quite the matchup.
If you aren't familiar with Blake Griffin, then welcome out of the proverbial rock that you have been living under. Griffin is a beast that gets 21 points, 11 rebounds, a block and a steal per game. While his defense could be better, he is still a very efficient player (23.50) that impacts the game in a huge way.
For as much as we love to post the videos of him embarrassing guys under the basket, we tend to not pay much attention to his flopping and overreactions to some hits. If he wants to be an impact in this series, he will need to toughen up in order to get through the Grizzlies grinding style of play.
His backup Kenyon Martin will never get near the amount of attention, though he plays decently. Five points and four rebounds isn't astounding though, and will never get him any notice.
The power forward position for the Grizzlies is very interesting. Speights is currently listed as the starter over Randolph, though they both are honestly interchangeable. Speights is averaging nine points and six rebounds on way to a 14.12 PER. He is finally starting to live up to the expectations put before him.
Randolph is a very interesting player though, and one that deserves your attention. Coming in at 12 points and eight rebounds per game, his stats are very deceiving. The last stretch of the season saw him returning from injury and working his way back to his dominant self.
That dominant self will have to show up if he wants to try to stop Blake Griffin. Randolph went, as the cool kids would say, H.A.M. last season in the playoffs and was a key element in Memphis' playoff run. He averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game last postseason, and had the uncanny ability to hit shots when they mattered the most. He is a guy who plays best when the pressure is high.
It is very hard to decide between the two teams, but I will go with the Grizzlies again by a very slim margin. I just think that Randolph will do what he has always done: Step up when he needs to.