NBA Playoffs 2013: Teams That Will Rebound from Game 1 Losses

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NBA Playoffs 2013: Teams That Will Rebound from Game 1 Losses
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Momentum can shift in an instant in a seven-game series in the NBA playoffs. This is good news for fans after the Nuggets two-point win over the Warriors was the only game decided by fewer than seven points.  

These following three teams all lost by double digits in the first game, and while the results from that game would point toward a potential sweep, let's not get carried away. 

All three teams were playing on the road, and remember, a series doesn't truly start until the road team gets a victory. 

*All stats via Team Rankings.


Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies fell behind in the first quarter, and struggled to ever get back in the game, as they were blown out 112-91 to fall behind 1-0 in the series.  

In that game, the Clippers dominated the boards to the tune of 47-23. Obviously, if this disparity on the boards continues, Memphis is doomed.

However, there is no reason to think it will continue. Both of these teams are excellent on the glass, with the Grizzlies fifth in offensive rebound rate, and the Clippers sixth.

In that first game, the Clippers also converted 55.4 percent of their field goals. They will not be able to sustain that shooting against a Grizzlies' defense that is second in team defense efficiency. 

The Memphis defense will begin to wear the Clippers down as they did in last year's epic seven-game series. In that one, the Grizzlies held the Clippers under 89 points over the last three games. 

This is going to be a long and entertaining series. 

 

Chicago Bulls

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The Bulls were easily handled 106-89 in the series' opener in a game that wasn't even as close as that score suggested.

Chicago outscored Brooklyn by 10 in the final quarter.  

The Nets were on fire in the first half, as the Nets went 16-of-20 from the field in the second quarter and wound up shooting 60 percent from the floor in the first half. 

They wound up shooting 55.8 percent for the game. 

Just like the Grizzlies, the Nets cannot sustain this. The Bulls are an excellent defensive team that is fifth in defensive efficiency rankings.

A big part of the Bulls' defensive failure in this game came from Joakim Noah's foot injury limiting him to just 13 minutes. However, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times passed along that coach Tom Thibodeau says Noah is making progress with his injury. 

As his health improves, so will the Bulls' defense, and that will help this be a long series. 

 

Los Angeles Lakers

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Like our other two teams on this list, the Lakers lost by double digits in Game 1. They were handled 91-79.

Manu Ginobili made a huge impact in this game, as he sparked a nice showing from the Spurs' bench that the Lakers could not match. The Spurs' bench outscored the Lakers' 40-10. 

While the Lakers always figured to be at a big disadvantage in bench scoring, it won't be this bad all series. In the first game, Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks combined to go just 1-of-7 from the field, and they were the only bench players to score. 

However, it wasn't all bad for the Lakers. Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard gave the Lakers a nice edge in the interior. They combined for 36 points and 31 rebounds.

The Lakers went just 3-of-15 from beyond the arc in that game. With improved shooting from distance, it will further open things up for Howard and Gasol to do damage on the inside.

I won't go as far as to predict the Lakers will win this series, but it will go at least six games. 

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