April 26, 2013 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The stats don't lie. And in the case of the Clippers, the statistics told so much about why they lost, 94-82, to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series on Thursday night at the FedEx Forum. The one statistic that now matters most to both teams is that the Clippers lead this best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 4 is Saturday back here. After the game, the Clippers had written down many of the stat lines on the grease board inside their locker room.
April 25, 2013 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - I've put my life on the line to be here in this rathole with our Clippers. And so I expect more than what I got from them Thursday in a rather flat 12-point loss to Memphis in Game 3. The Clippers played a step slow, as if hesitant to go on the attack, even though that's just a way of life here if you want to survive. True story, and I shouldn't be trashed for reporting the facts: They just put up billboards at the Memphis city limits that read: "Danger: Enter at Your Own Risk.
April 17, 2013
One more victory and the Clippers will have home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs. They moved into position to host a first-round playoff opener by running past the Portland Trail Blazers, 93-77, on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The fourth-seeded Clippers and fifth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies have identical 55-26 records, but Los Angeles owns the tiebreaker and would play host to Memphis if the two teams stay on course to meet in the playoffs. The Clippers won the Pacific Division and the season series, three games to one, over the Grizzlies.
April 17, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The Clippers were fully aware that the home-court advantage was at stake as soon as they took the court Wednesday night against a Sacramento Kings team playing out the string of another porous season. It took all the energy and effort the Clippers had to beat the energized Kings, 112-108, in what was perhaps the final NBA game at Sleep Train Arena. By winning their seventh consecutive game, the Clippers will open the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against the Memphis Grizzles on Saturday at Staples Center.
April 13, 2013 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Clippers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 91-87, by meeting the challenge of what was at stake for both teams. By winning their fifth consecutive game, the Clippers clinched the season series against Memphis, three games to one, and now need only to win their last two games to be assured of having home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers and Grizzlies have the same record, 54-26. But because the Clippers are Pacific Division champions, they occupy the fourth-seeded position in the Western Conference, ahead of fifth-seeded Memphis, and own the tiebreaker that determines home-court advantage if the teams meet in the playoffs.
April 11, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The Clippers know how high the stakes will be when they face Memphis on Saturday, something Blake Griffin said he and Chris Paul and the rest of their teammates couldn't help but address in the locker room recently. By no means are the Clippers looking past the New Orleans Hornets at the start of their two-game trip on Friday night. It's just that the Clippers' game against the Grizzlies carries all the weight. When the Clippers and Grizzlies meet at the FedEx Forum, the outcome could determine who has the home-court advantage if these two teams continue to stay on course as first-round playoff foes.