Sugene Lee

“Game 8” against the Memphis Grizzlies

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2012 at 10:37 pm

The Los Angeles Clippers’ opening night against the Memphis Grizzlies all made sense after coming off a Game 7 win in the first round of the 2012 Playoffs. With a historical comeback in Game 1, the Clippers were able to take away the series with a road win in Game 7.

The Grizzlies had a bitter taste in their mouth that they wanted to wash away by breaking their 11 game winless streak on opening nights. They came prepared and hit first, but it wasn’t too long they would realize they needed more than just their starters to play well. The biggest difference in the game was perhaps the Clippers bench who outscored the Grizzlies by 49-17, 29 of which coming from Jamal Crawford on only 14 field goal attempts.

It wasn’t a lack of effort from the Grizzlies as they out rebounded the Clippers by 5, with 17 being offensive rebounds. They had one less turnover, shot better from the charity stripe, and had 12 more field goal attempts. The problem? A hyper-efficient Clipper team who shot 51.4% and a duo of Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe who were a combined 15-22 that added to 42 points. Lionel Hollins simply stated, “We had no answer for him (Jamal Crawford).” The Clippers’ bench continues to maintain and even extend the lead. They were considered as a deep bench on paper, even without injured players Grant Hill and Chauncey Billups, but now they’re proving it on the court.

Although it was a regular season game, it was still a physical battle, especially for Blake Griffin. He only scored 11 points on 10 attempts and grabbed 7 rebounds against Zach Randolph who continued to get under Griffn’s skin. Both received a technical after continuous encounters, including Randolph’s takedown of Griffin.

No Clipper played for more than 35 minutes, which only proves the depth of this team. Perhaps to the point where distributing minutes may be a cause for concern?

With only one game into the season, the future of this team is still in progress, but one thing that can be confirmed is the chemistry of this team. And chemistry only comes with a team that trusts and enjoys one another’s company.

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