NBA Playoffs 2012: Grizzlies vs. Clippers Live Blog and Analysis
The Los Angeles Clippers held on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 87-86 to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round NBA playoff series on Saturday.
Scroll down for updates from throughout the game. Game 4 is set for Monday night in Los Angeles.
One question that has to be asked about the Grizzlies is how they'll get O.J. Mayo to hit his shots. He went 1-of-8 in Game 3, and he's now 33 percent from the field for the series. He can score a lot by shooting a lot like he did in Game 2, but the Grizzlies will need him to be more efficient in order to come back from the 2-1 series deficit.
The NBA talking heads will likely be talking about how the Grizzlies didn't score well in the fourth quarter of their losses this series. They went 3-of-14 in the fourth quarter of Game 3 while scoring 15 points in the quarter.
In Game 1, they went 1-of-14 from the field while scoring 13 points in the final frame.
Rudy Gay didn't do too well. He was 5-of-13 from the field while going 12-of-13 at the free-throw line, totaling 24 points. He also had seven rebounds and three steals.
Besides missing the last shot, Gay went 0-of-2 and had a turnover in the Clippers' 18-1 first half run.
Chris Paul has to be the star of the game. He had 24 points, 11 assists and four steals. He was 8-of-19 from the field and 7-of-8 at the line.
Besides Paul, the Clippers were an awful 6-of-22 from the free-throw line.
Paul did a nice job running the Clippers offense, slowing things down in the final quarter.
The Clippers win it 87-86. They gave the Grizzlies a chance at the end, missing five of their last six free-throw attempts, including two by Eric Bledsoe with eight seconds left.
The Grizzlies were just moving too fast on that last possession. Rudy Gay didn't have to take that three-pointer.
And Gilbert Arenas was on the floor. Lionel Hollins needed another three-point shooter.
Rudy Gay hits the three, and the Grizzlies grind on, trailing by one with 8.3 seconds left.
Clippers 87, Grizzlies 83, 12.0 4th quarter: And a missed foul shot by Reggie Evans. Alas, it's still a two-possession game.
Rudy Gay just made the clutch shot, sort of making up for the miss at the end of the Grizzlies' Game 1 loss. Memphis is now down by three.
That pressure on the inbounds was just what the Grizzlies needed. They'll need to continue to show it once the Clippers start on offense here with 25.4 seconds left and the Grizzlies down by four.
Mike Conley needed to make that last three-point attempt. And why did O.J. Mayo foul? He could have just stolen it, since he does average 1.4 per 36 minutes.
The Clippers have eight team fouls this quarter, and the Grizzlies are in the bonus. They need to avoid fouling with 1:20ish left, especially Griffin, who has five fouls.
Blake Griffin doubles the lead for the Clippers by doing the only thing he knows how to do.
Marc Gasol had his hand on his face after Blake Griffin ran into him in the lane.
The Grizzlies played tight defense all game, and Rudy Gay had to give slack on a game-tying three right there. Really?
Mayo is 1-of-7 from the field, and he has as many rebounds as field-goal attempts. That's not exactly what one would expect him to do.
Somewhere, Bill Raftery is yelling at O.J. Mayo, "You didn't have the puppies set!"
With the Grizzlies outscoring the Clippers by nine in the third quarter and leading by five, Memphis appears to have started the road part of the playoffs alright.
In last year's playoffs, the Grizzlies went 2-5 on the road.
I have yet to figure out if free throws are determining factors in NBA games, but the Clippers are 52.9 percent at the line and the Grizzlies are 80 percent from the charity stripe.
Someone should tell the Grizzlies fast breaks like form the reason why fast play doesn't work in the playoffs. I don't think they'd listen because of how much they like to run in transition.
Uh, yeah, Blake Griffin?
Blake Griffin shoots free throws like Shaquille O'Neal.
Rudy Gay took the perfect angle to draw the foul on Blake Griffin.
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