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NBA Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons Why Memphis Grizzlies Lost Series to Clippers

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NBA Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons Why Memphis Grizzlies Lost Series to Clippers
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The Memphis Grizzlies' season came to a sudden end on Sunday as the Grizzlies ran out of steam in their Game 7 loss, falling to the Los Angeles Clippers, 82-72. Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies looked terrific as they rallied from a 3-1 deficit, but the Clippers looked in Game 7 like they stole the grit and grind that had characterized the Grizzlies.

While Marc Gasol put forth a valiant effort on both ends to help rally the home team, the Clippers took advantage of major mistakes by the Grizzlies. Los Angeles realized it could turn Memphis' high-energy play into sloppy play. O.J. Mayo didn't do anything for his free-agent stock after Game 3 by shooting horribly through most of the remaining games.

Following is a list of the key things that tore the Grizzlies from the comeback series win for which they had hoped.

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