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Game #1: Los Angeles Clippers 99, Memphis Grizzlies 98

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General,The NBA Playoffs by admin on Monday 30 April 2012 at 2:23 pm

The Grizzlies were up 85-64 after three quarters last night and then the roof caved in on them.  The Grizzlies were outscored 35-13 in the 4th quarter to suffer a crushing defeat last night.  Rudy Gay (19 points and 7 rebounds) and Mike Conley (17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists) led the way for the Grizzlies in this game.  O.J. Mayo (17 points and 2 assists) and Marc Gasol (14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists) also pitched in for the Grizzlies in this game.  The Grizzlies are now down 1-0 to the Clippers in this series.

(4) Memphis Grizzlies (41-25) vs. (5) Los Angeles Clippers (40-26)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by admin on Saturday 28 April 2012 at 4:11 pm

This is going to be the best first round series in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.  I can see either team winning this series and here is a look at the matchups:

POINT GUARD:  26-year old Chris Paul is one of the best point guards in the NBA and he will keep all of his team involved offensively in this series.  Paul played in 60 games (all starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 36.3 minutes, 19.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game.  He has played in 23 games in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 40.7 minutes, 21.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 11.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

24-year old Mike Conley is going to have his hands full with defending Paul and running the Grizzlies’ offense in this series.  Conley played in 62 games (61 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 35.1 minutes, 12.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.  Conley has played in 13 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 39.0 minutes, 15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

EDGE:  CLIPPERS

SHOOTING GUARD:  28-year old Randy Foye stepped up and replaced Chauncey Billups in the starting lineup for the Clippers.  He played in 65 games (48 starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 25.9 minutes, 11.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  The Clippers hope that Foye can handle the pressure as this will be his first playoff experience.

30-year old Tony Allen is on the court to play D.  He played in 58 games (57 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 26.3 minutes, 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.8 blocked shots per game.  Allen has played in 69 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 13.9 minutes, 4.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.

EDGE:  EVEN

SMALL FORWARD:  32-year old Caron Butler is a solid veteran who tends to step up in the playoffs.  He played in 63 games (all starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 29.7 minutes, 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  Butler has played in 31 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 39.4 minutes, 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

25-year old Rudy Gay was injured last year when the Grizzlies were in the playoffs.  So this will be his first shot on the big stage.  Gay played in 65 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 37.3 minutes, 19.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  I think he’s going to play well in this series.

EDGE:  GRIZZLIES

POWER FORWARD:  23-year old Blake Griffin is the new “Human Highlight Film” due to his power dunking prowess.  He played in 66 games (all starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 36.2 minutes, 20.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.  I think he’s going to relish the big stage as this will be his first playoff experience in his NBA career.

30-year old Zach Randolph has been gimpy for most of this year and the Grizzlies need him to step up in this series.  Randolph played in 28 games (8 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 26.3 minutes, 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  He has played in 21 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 34.3 minutes, 18.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

EDGE:  CLIPPERS

CENTER:  23-year old DeAndre Jordan is going to have to be a force in the paint for the Clippers in this series.  He played in 66 games (all starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 27.2 minutes, 7.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game.  Like Griffin, this is going to be Jordan’s first shot in the playoffs in his career.

27-year old Marc Gasol is one of the better all-around centers in the NBA right now.  He played in 65 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 36.5 minutes, 14.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.9 blocked shots per game.  Gasol has played in 13 games for the Grizzlies in the playoffs and he is averaging 39.9 minutes, 15.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per game.

EDGE:  GRIZZLIES

BENCH:  29-year old PG/SG Mo Williams is going to be the first guy off the bench for the Clippers in this series.  He played in 52 games (1 start) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 28.3 minutes, 13.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Williams has played in 30 games in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 34.2 minutes, 14.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.  34-year old forward Kenyon Martin could also play a key role in this series for the Clippers.  Martin played in 42 games (0 starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 22.4 minutes, 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.o blocked shot per game.  He has played in 89 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 35.3 minutes, 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game.  26-year old shooting guard Nick Young will be expected to bring some offense off the bench for the Clippers in this series.  He played in 22 games (3 starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 23.5 minutes, 9.7 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  Young has played in 4 games so far in the playoffs and he is averaging only 4.3 minutes, 1.3 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  31-year old power forward Reggie Evans will get on the court to throw his body around in this series.  He played in 56 games (0 starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 13.8 minutes, 1.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Evans has played in 27 games in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 17.1 minutes, 4.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  31-year old small forward Bobby Simmons might get some P.T. in this series.  He played in 28 games (0 starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 14.9 minutes, 2.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Simmons has played in 5 games so far in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 31.8 minutes, 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game.  22-year old Eric Bledsoe will likely be watching a lot in his first playoff series.  He played in 40 games (1 start) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 11.6 minutes, 3.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

The Grizzlies are hoping that their young bench will be able to give them some production in this series.  24-year old shooting guard O.J. Mayo will be counted on to bring an offensive spark off the bench.  Mayo played in 66 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 26.8 minutes, 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  Mayo has played in 13 games in his career in the playoffs and he is averaging 27.8 minutes, 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.  24-year old power forward Marreese Speights will be coming off the bench in this series for the Grizzlies.  Speights played in 60 games (54 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 22.4 minutes, 8.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  Speights has played in 5 games in his career in the playoffs and he is averaging 10.0 minutes, 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  25-year old forward Dante Cunningham is also going to be counted on to help off the bench in this series.  He played in 64 games (5 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 17.6 minutes, 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  Cunningham has played in 5 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 8.4 minutes, 4.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game.  24-year old SG/SF Quincy Pondexter is going to also have to help out in this series for the Grizzlies.  Pondexter played in 64 games (8 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 15.7 minutes, 4.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Pondexter has played in 3 games in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 3.0 minutes, 0.7 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  26-year old Jeremy Pargo will have to give Mike Conley a break once in a while in this series.  He played in 44 games (5 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 9.6 minutes, 2.9 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  This will be Pargo’s first playoff experience.

EDGE:  CLIPPERS

COACHING:  Vinny Del Negro led the Clippers to a 40-26 (60.6%) record this year.  He is only 4-8 (33.3%) in the playoffs.

Lionel Hollins led the Grizzlies to a 41-25 (62.1%) record this year.  He is 7-6 (53.8%) in the playoffs as an NBA head coach.

EDGE:  EVEN

PREDICTION:  CLIPPERS IN SEVEN GAMES

Memphis Grizzlies 88, Orlando Magic 76

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General by admin on Friday 27 April 2012 at 4:44 am

The Grizzlies outrebounded the Grizzlies 45-34 and it helped them get a nice home win last night.  Marc Gasol (22 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 blocked shots) and Rudy Gay (20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot) led the way for the Grizzlies in this game.  O.J. Mayo (15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) and Zach Randolph (13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists) also had rock solid games for the Grizzlies.  The Grizzlies finished up with a 41-25 record in the 2011-12 season.

Memphis Grizzlies 109, Cleveland Cavaliers 101

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General by admin on Tuesday 24 April 2012 at 11:52 am

The Grizzlies outscored the pesky Cavaliers 32-23 in the 4th quarter to pull away for a nice win last night.  Marreese Speights (17 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot) and Marc Gasol (17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocked shots) led the way for the Grizzlies in this game.  Rudy Gay (15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots), O.J. Mayo (14 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal), Tony Allen (13 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 8 steals and 1 blocked shot) and Mike Conley (12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal) also had solid games for the Grizzlies.  The Grizzlies are now 40-25 on the year.

Memphis Grizzlies 93, Portland Trailblazers 89

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General by admin on Sunday 22 April 2012 at 1:04 pm

The Grizzlies help the Blazers to 39.2% shooting from the floor last night and that was the biggest factor in the win.  Rudy Gay led the way for the Grizzlies last night with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.  O.J. Mayo (14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 blocked shot) and Marreese Speights (13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists) also pitched in for the Grizzlies in this game.  Marc Gasol and Dante Cunningham pitched in with 12 points apiece for the Grizzlies last night.  The Grizzlies are now 39-25 on the year.

Memphis Grizzlies 85, Charlotte Bobcats 80

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General by admin on Saturday 21 April 2012 at 3:36 pm

The Grizzlies outscored the Bobcats 28-15 in the 4th quarter to surge to victory last night.  Mike Conley led the way for the Grizzlies with 20 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.  Zach Randolph also had a solid game with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists last night.  Rudy Gay, Dante Cunningham and O.J. Mayo pitched in with 9 points apiece in this game.  The Grizzlies are now 38-25 on the year.

The Memphis Grizzlies sign Lester Hudson

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by admin on Saturday 21 April 2012 at 3:33 pm

The Grizzlies have signed 27-year old shooting guard Lester Hudson for the rest of the season.  Hudson played in 13 games (0 starts) for the Cavaliers earlier this year and he averaged 24.2 minutes, 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He played in 9 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies back in 2009-10, in which he averaged 6.8 minutes, 4.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  Hudson has now played in 49 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 10.6 minutes, 4.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  Hudson could help the Grizzlies off the bench with some offensive firepower, so I like this pickup for them.

Memphis Grizzlies 103, New Orleans Hornets 91

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General by admin on Thursday 19 April 2012 at 3:12 pm

The Grizzlies shot 50.6% from the floor and they outscored the Hornets 84-60 after the first three quarters before calling off the dogs last night.  Rudy Gay (26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots) and Mike Conley (20 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal) led the way for the Grizzlies last night.  O.J. Mayo (15 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 3 steals) and Zach Randolph (10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists) also pitched in for the Grizzlies last night.  The Grizzlies are now 37-25 on the year.

Memphis Grizzlies 91, Minnesota Timberwolves 84

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General by admin on Wednesday 18 April 2012 at 1:30 pm

The Grizzlies held the T-Wolves to a paltry 35.6% shooting from the floor last night and it was a big reason for the nice road win.  Rudy Gay led the way for the Grizzlies last night with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.  Mike Conley (16 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals) and Zach Randolph (16 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot) also had solid games for the Grizzlies last night.  Marreese Speights pitched in with 12 points and 4 rebounds in 14 minutes on the floor.  The Grizzlies are now 36-25 on the year.

New Orleans Hornets 88, Memphis Grizzlies 75

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Game Recaps,General by admin on Monday 16 April 2012 at 1:46 pm

The Grizzlies only shot 35.7% from the floor and they were outscored 55-38 in the second half which did them in.  Rudy Gay led the way for the Grizzlies with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot.  Marc Gasol (11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 blocked shot) and O.J. Mayo (11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal) also pitched in for the Grizzlies last night.  The Grizzlies are now 35-25 on the year.

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