Over at ESPN.com, Kevin Arnovitz discusses the five most important aspects of the Clippers-Grizzlies series, which L.A. currently leads 1-0 with Game 2 coming up tonight at 7:30 p.m. PST. Click here to read the whole piece. Here is a quick excerpt:
Okay, so who’s going to defend Paul? A tough question because there’s no entirely satisfying answer. In Game 1, Lionel Hollins opted for Conley. This wasn’t an unreasonable conclusion. Conley did an acceptable job of checking Paul during last year’s series. Paul certainly created some quality shots, but he worked for just about everything and spent a fair amount of time in spots on the floor where he had no interest being.
But on Saturday, it wasn’t just that Paul got where he wanted to go, but that he got there in such little traffic. There was something extremely un-Grizzle about the Clippers, as Blake Griffin said, getting what they wanted, and it can largely be attributed to the little resistance encountered by Paul.
The obvious alternative would be to stick Tony Allen on Paul, but that presents other risks, such as Chauncey Billups dragging Conley into the post. We saw Billups draw Conley on a switch in Game 1, then promptly back Conley down before draining an easy midrange shot over him.
There are no good choices for guarding Paul, but that might be a risk the Grizzlies have to take. If nothing else, it’s putting your best defender where he’s most useful.