With the Grizzlies making three-point shots look as easy as layups, Memphis continued to humble the Clippers in Game 1 of their playoff series, taking an 85-64 lead going into the fourth quarter at Memphis.
The Grizzlies have been imposing their will through three quarters offensively and defensively; the Clippers have been unable to get any inside game going and their outside game has not been nearly good enough to compensate for that.
An ineffective Blake Griffin committed his third foul, on a trip while setting a pick, at the start of the third quarter, which was hardly the way the Clippers wanted him to become more involved.
Chris Paul, who appeared to be suffering the effects of the pulled groin that kept him out of the final regular-season game through 2 1/2 quarters, got his first field goal on a 15-footer with 10:25 to play in the quarter, and then Griffin finally scored inside and was fouled. He made the free throw to cut the lead to 14, the five consecutive points amounting to a Clippers run ... a short-lived positive development for L.A.