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Are these the same Memphis Grizzlies from a season ago? They look an awful lot like them, plus Rudy Gay.
On paper, the Grizzlies are better than the Los Angeles Clippers. If this were NBA 2K12, the Grizzlies would be the better overall team because of their depth and tenacious defense.
But this isn't NBA 2K12 or college football. We play these playoff games for a reason.
The Grizzlies' biggest issue is that their best player at the moment is Mike Conley. Conley's been great, but in order for the Grizzlies to come back in this series, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol need to step up.
Gasol, who was an All-Star this season, took only four shots in Game 4. He's been getting pushed around by Clippers forward Reggie Evans, who has prevented him from getting the ball near the hoop this entire series.
Randolph is clearly not the same player he was a year ago. He looks slower, out of shape and has let Blake Griffin's flopping get the best of him. Randolph can play Griffin physically, but he can't afford to get technical fouls in order to prove a point. A veteran like himself should know that.
After bumping Griffin in Game 4, Randolph didn't come off tough. He came off as the immature bully that was a problem with the Portland Trail Blazers.
As for Gay, when is he going to prove that he's a go-to guy? He likes to pretend that he's a go-to guy, but he's done nothing but fill a stat sheet his entire career. Great players make the plays when they matter most.
For most of the series, Nick Young and Randy Foye have guarded Gay. Gay should destroy those guys, but he has yet to score more than 25 points this entire series.