Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Memphis Grizzlies: B+
Outside of sixth man Jerryd Bayless, the Memphis Grizzlies received a limited contribution offensively. Keyon Dooling, Quincy Pondexter and Ed Davis all managed to produce at a reasonable level, but they were going up against one of the best benches in basketball.
Saturday night, it just wasn't enough.
Davis played well, tallying six points and six rebounds in 13 minutes. Furthermore, the Grizzlies' second unit combined for five three-point field goals.
The starters failed to make a single one.
Dooling converted two of those threes, which helped ease the pressure on Mike Conley Jr. against Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups. For all of his contributions, however, came Darrell Arthur picking up four fouls in 12 minutes.
It was a mixed array of contributions, but it wasn't the bench's fault by any stretch of the imagination.
Los Angeles Clippers: A+
It's no secret that the Los Angeles Clippers' greatest strength is their depth. Saturday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Clippers reserves stepped up once again, as they helped complement the starting lineup's push for a win.
A collective 49 points, 23 rebounds and 10 assists is a statistical sign of their impact on the game.
While Jamal Crawford's contributions were anticipated, it wasn't just the sixth man who stepped up big. Instead, it was players such as Eric Bledsoe, Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes, Ronny Turiaf and Ryan Hollins.
Perhaps no individual shined as bright as Bledsoe, who put up 13 points, six rebounds and four assists in 18 minutes of action.
Collectively, the Clippers' second unit kept big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in check as Blake Griffin fell into foul trouble. While Odom may not have shot the ball well, he teamed with Turiaf and Hollins to provide a quality effort on the glass.
Together, L.A.'s second unit managed to lead the Clippers to an impressive Game 1 victory.