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In the Memphis series, the Clippers got worked on the glass, until the final game when they transformed into some mean, physical and extra-mentally tough version of themselves. Yet in the Game 7 win, the Clippers still only managed a plus-two victory over the Grizzlies in the rebounding department.
On the season, the Spurs managed 43 rebounds per game to the Clippers' 41.6. That differential may not seem like much, but the reality is that if the Clippers were to be out-rebounded every game of this series by one or two rebounds, their odds of winning would diminish dramatically.
To stay competitive against the likes of Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair, Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw and Kawhi Leonard—all great rebounders—the Clippers must make a concerted effort to rebound. It will take at least three guys crashing the glass on every single missed shot.
Expect to see more of Reggie Evans, Kenyon Martin and Caron Butler in this series to help ease the burden. And since the Clippers are going to try to slow the game down, these guys won’t hurt the team in that regard.
The skinny, less physical DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin are going to have to prove themselves tough and physical enough to warrant end-of-game playing time. Though the Spurs are nowhere near as physical as the Grizzlies, the Clippers are going to need to approach this series as if they are. Doing so will give them the edge in each game and subsequently the series.