Los Angeles Clippers
MVP: Zach Randolph returned to action in a big way by notching his first career triple-double with 28 points (10-19 FG), 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. He was a force early in the game by scoring 12 first quarter points, and continued to take advantage of a smaller Clippers team for the rest of the game.
That was … rebounding woes continued: Stop if you’ve heard this before: The Clippers opponent takes an advantage due to more shot attempts, largely thanks to the team’s inability to deny offensive rebounds to their opponent. Tonight was no different, as Memphis had 18 offensive rebounds in the contest that contributed to them taking 16 more shots than the Clippers.
X factor: In this first meeting of traded players, Lance Stephenson had the advantage, scoring 12 points and playing solid defense against J.J. Redick, who didn’t score in double-digits for the first time since February 3rd against the Timberwolves. On the other side, Jeff Green only scored 8 points and would leave the game in the second half due to a head laceration that needed stitches.
— Brandon Tomyoy
Tweet(s) Of The Game
Spinach is to Popeye, as Clippers are to Zach Randolph.
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) March 20, 2016
The Chris Paul to DeAndre Jordan connection can't be stopped https://t.co/ULkSSwU2XG
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) March 20, 2016
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) March 20, 2016
Check Your Messages
There’s this theory that basically says your disposition is determined by your circumstances. It especially makes sense in team sports where personnel changes, wins, losses, all contribute to this vortex of perpetual flux. Team dichotomy and chemistry are formed in the backdrop of these circumstances. With the Grizzlies, it’s weird trying gauge their pulse because of the glut of injuries they have been experiencing lately. There is no telling how to prepare or approach them when their lineup is ravaged to this degree.
The funny thing that happens when you play a team like Memphis is they either 1.) fold and succumb to their circumstances, or 2.) adopt that disposition to fight back even harder. The Clippers realized the Grizzlies would choose the latter option. Conveniently for Memphis – and after he was listed officially as ‘questionable’ to play – Zach Randolph decided he was returning from a 7-game absence against L.A. only to drop his first career triple double in his 15th NBA season.
You won’t win games being dominated on the glass like the Clippers did in this one (30-44) or in paint points (24-40). Then you compound that already putrid effort with Z-Bo’s career game and Tony Allen shoving the ball down your throat and that’s all she wrote. Sometimes it is what it is. Games like this one will probably continue to pop up from time to time until they bolster their interior play and effort (*cough-cough-Blake Griffin*).