Let me preface this by saying that the Memphis Grizzlies aren’t exactly “struggling” in the postseason. However, there still are some adjustments they can make to evolve a highly entertaining series.
The Grizzlies dropped the first two games to the Los Angeles Clippers on the road. Game 1 wasn’t close, but Game 2 came down to the wire and dropped Memphis to 0-2 when Chris Paul’s heroic buzzer beater banked in off the glass.
When Memphis returned to the friendly confines of the FedExForum, the Grizz flipped the script with a 12-point win.
Zach Randolph referenced it in his postgame interview, but the major adjustment the Grizzlies made (and will need to continue to make), was playing pressure defense on the pick-and-roll to slow down Chris Paul. Tony Allen is one of the league’s best perimeter defenders, but assisting him when Paul goes to work has to be a priority for Memphis moving forward.
Paul finished Game 3 with just eight points on 4-of-11 shooting to go with five turnovers.
Shutting down Paul can bring the Grizzlies nothing but good news, but the play of Randolph will be another x-factor.
Z-Bo had a monster Game 3, finishing with 27 points and 11 rebounds (six of them on the offensive glass). He also made it to the free-throw line 10 times.
With Rudy Gay’s offensive potential shipped north of the border, the Grizzlies big men need to step up in a huge way. Case in point: in the Game 3 victory, Gay’s replacement, Tayshaun Prince, had only two points in 30 minutes.
If Randolph can continue playing like a man possessed on the interior, while Memphis makes the key adjustment on CP3, don’t count the Grizzlies out.