Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: It’s your DJ. DeAndre Jordan’s matchup eased up once Marc Gasol left the game with a sprained ankle, and he took advantage to drop 16 points and 16 rebounds with two blocks. It was Jordan’s biggest game in a couple of weeks. Jordan also made 4-of-5 free throws, marking the fourth time in his career that he made at least 80 percent of his free throws with at least five attempts, and the first time this season.
That was … well rested: The Clippers did their part. They had been in Los Angeles since Sunday night, and they had three days off before a Saturday night home game. In addition, they came into the game with a full squad and left with a full squad. The Grizzlies flew in after playing a close game in Utah on Friday night. Mike Conley and Tony Allen were deactivated, while Gasol didn’t play in the final three quarters of the game. The Grizzlies played the Clippers tough, but they failed to make a field goal in the last three minutes of regulation. Credit the Clippers for taking advantage of a full deck, all of the schedule benefits, and playing well enough to outlast Memphis.
X factor: As mentioned above, the Clippers had about as much time as you could get before this game. With that in mind, Jamal Crawford’s progress will continue to be tracked as he makes his way back into the flow of things. He made as many threes in five attempts (two) as the Grizzlies made as a team in nine attempts, and he did lead all bench scorers with 11 points. But Crawford made only one of six field goal attempts inside the arc, and he failed to grab a rebound in his nearly 20 minutes on the floor tonight.
— Law Murray
Tweet(s) Of The Game
Jeff Green appears to have hit DeAndre Jordan in the face. Officials are reviewing it. Shades of Street Fighter II. pic.twitter.com/Wz39SpzCgK
— Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) April 12, 2015
Doc on the Western Conference playoff matchup he wants to see: "Let's play Kentucky."
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) April 12, 2015
Big Game 2nite! It's almost that time of year.. WE NEED OUR CROWD MORE THAN EVER, let's make Staple… https://t.co/CfJsW84o5p
— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) April 11, 2015
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Play It Again
A one-point lead with five minutes left in the game. An assist to a curling Redick for a three. A wide open three of his own, followed by a midrange jumper on the wing. Moments later, the win.
There have been times this season that have laid seeds of doubt as to whether or not Chris Paul is the elite crunch time scorer that he was once known to be. Tonight was not one of them.
It was these moments that were affectionately referred to as “winning time” back during that first season that Chris Paul joined the Clippers, and much of the game tonight felt like it had moments pulled directly from Clippers-Grizzlies matchups from years past. A scuffle between Blake and an opposing big. Zach Randolph sneaking in for offensive rebounds. Clutch fourth quarter free throws from DeAndre Jordan. Even the crowd tonight felt as lively as it did during those playoff series, feeding curiosities on what a third meeting in the playoffs might look like between these two teams.
In one week’s time, we might be seeing the rubber match we’ve all forgotten as many have instead looked north to the Warriors when naming a rival team. But for all the history and histrionics ready to boil over at any time between Los Angeles and Memphis, it’s hard not to hold just a bit more appreciation for all that has happened between these two teams.
— Brandon Tomyoy