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Do you guys agree with Turiaf replacing Hollins in the bigs rotation? I felt like Hollins defended better and seemed to be in a better flow with the second unit. Also, I’m sure only 14 minutes for Bledsoe will be discussed, however I have to comment how frustrating it is seeing Conley blow by our guards during the last five minutes of the 4h quarter.
Hollins racked up 3 fouls in the first quarter in like 5 minutes of play.
DJ’s defense didn’t look as good against Gasol as it did in Game 1. What do you guys think? DJ gave Gasol too much space to operate while in the first game, he was all up in his grill. Gasol isn’t going to put the ball on the floor and blow by him. DJ needs to get in his grill.
For one, Gasol is crafty. I know it’s an overused word, but he has plenty of moves and fakes that will draw contact (and often fouls) from the hyper aggressive DJ. Not to mention we don’t win the rebounding battle if DJ is trying to block everything. And offensive boards are going to decide this series
Why rest zbo at end of the game? Were they saving that last foul for OT?
Grizzlies played their type of game, got a career playoff high from Conley, big game from Tony Allen, and yet still lost rebounding (both oreb & dreb), and on possessions. This is despite the awful 4th quarter offense and rotations of the Clippers. Is it looking more and more like this is going to be a short playoff series?
Tonight, we saw another heroic play from CP3 who save us all. TNT criticized us that we do not have a great half court play that would win us game. Yet, every team play hero ball to win the game. Why is there a resentment among leagues that we only play CP3 ball? Also, if CP3 cannot get the ball, what is plan B for the final shot? Would VDN be able to draw plays to get someone open like setting screens and etc.?
plan B is Crawford playing Crawford ball. a few fancy shakes and a wildly off balance jumper that you, against all conventional wisdom, are confident he will make lol
Also the Clippers have a top 5 ranked half court offense
Why are the national guys allowed to spew hatred without any factual evidence to back it up other than their cherry picked plays
He doesn’t get his point across very well, but if I understood Barkley correctly, his complaint is about how Paul walks the ball up the floor at the end of the game and waits until the shot clock gets to single digits before doing anything with it.
I have to agree to a certain extent. For all the magic he makes happen at the ends of the games, if Paul ends up having to pass the ball, there’s no time left on the clock to do anything but jack up a rushed shot. There were 3 or 4 possessions like that in the closing minutes of this one wherein if he had just gone sooner, they could have reset the offense, and gone to plan B, but instead got a shot clock violation or a badly missed shot. The other few possessions ended up pretty well, but only because Point God was feeling it. If he’s not near perfect, it’s a different game.
I don’t agree with all of what Barkley says about the Clips, but he is dead on with the late game offense. If you go back and watch game film of any close game this season inside 6 minutes or so, what we saw tonight is exactly what the Clipper offense is in these situations. I , for one, don’t think it’s a positive, despite there being worst things than having the ball in Paul’s hands and usually coming through with enough big shots. Paul was the only Clipper to score the final 7 minutes of the game, in a quarter when the offense was not very good.
The offense is usually stagnant, and ISO based, in these situations, and looking ahead, I don’t think it’s a sustainable way to win a championship. There needs to be another dimension IMO in these situations offensively.
Do you think it was it a coaching strategy to let Gasol have the quick layup at 21 secs? It was either great coaching strategy, or a big mistake my Memphis to let CP3 have that last possession. Is VDN getting good at this coaching thing?
I think it was a defensive lapse. Blake shouldn’t have switched and Bledsoe should have went under that screen. I’d rather let Conley take a 3 off the dribble than let him get into the lane and pass for the pick and roll like what actually happened.
I can’t speak to the coaching strategy by VDN, but Memphis’ goal is to score as quickly as possible. When you’re down two with the game running down, you score as fast as possible. The other team getting the ball back doesn’t matter.
Teams only take all the time off the clock when the game is tied, not when they’re behind.
Is there anything worth while contribution from Chauncey right now?
To everyone wondering about the defense of the Clippers, I did something special called Preventions. A prevention is when a player’s defense takes away what the opponent would have normally gotten had it been executed error-free. Players are able to prevent possessions, assists (passing) and points. Here is your Prevention Table for all players. Do not confuse prevented points and assists to their box stats:
PTS – Points
AST – Assist
POS – Possession
STL – Steal
BLK – Block
– Paul: 3 PTS, 1 AST (from 1 STL)
– Billups: 4 PTS, 1 POS
– Butler: 4 PTS, 1 AST (from 1 STL), 1 POS
– Griffin: 6 PTS, 1 POS, 1 BLK
– Jordan: 14 PTS, 1 POS (from 1 FOUL), 1 POS (from 1 STL), 4 BLK
– Bledsoe: 7 PTS (including 1 3PA), 1 POS, 1 AST, 1 BLK
– Crawford: 1 AST (from 1 STL)
– Barnes: 2 PTS, 4 POS, 1 BLK
– Odom: 2 PTS (from 1 BLK), 2 POS, 1 POS (from OFF. FOUL)
– Hollins: 2 PTS
– Turiaf: 6 PTS, 3 POS (from 1 BLK)
^^ FD, read this and rethink DJ vs Odom in the 4th.
Which Grizzlies loss do you think was the most heartbreaking: the Game 1 Miracle Comeback from the lockout playoffs, the Game 7 Upset, or tonight’s game?
Not sure but reading each one of those put a bigger smile on my face
Thats a close one but its definitely between game 1 last year and game 7. Id say game 1 miracle comeback.
Griffin had it going tonight, and when Z-Bo ended up on the pine early in the third, and Arthur checked in, I thought Blake was headed for 30+. Instead, the Clips went away from Blake, and he finished with just one more bucket. We know BG is a top flight scorer, and we clearly have some of the smartest guards in the NBA… Why in the world does Blake get abandoned for long stretches? Far from the first time this has happened.
Matt Barnes does not have a ring…
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