The NBA Playoffs are set. The season ended a bit disappointing for the Los Angeles Clippers as they lost their last two games. Now the Clips are the 5th seed in the western conference and will be traveling to Memphis as the series begins on Sunday the 29th of April. This should be a very entertaining series and game one of the series will be aired on primetime. The Grizzlies are a tough matchup for any team with the strength of the team coming from the paint. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are two skilled low post players, both on offense and defense. Gasol undoubtedly had his best season as a pro and Randolph is now coming into form after recovering from an injury that had kept him out for most of the season. Guess who will have to step up on defense to slow down Gasol and Randolph.
If your answer was Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan you are absolutely correct. Griffin a an exceptional athlete, but for whatever reason it does not reflect on the defense end. Blake will need to be aggressive if he wants to outplay and keep Randolph in check. As for DeAndre, he was supposed to be the defensive anchor during the season. That has not been the case; DeAndre in recent games has been benched in favor of Kenyon Martin. But if the Clippers want to win this series we need big contributions from DeAndre. Just seems as if he is not playing with the same energy and confidence he did last season. Hopefully the postseason is enough to make DJ motivated.
The perimeter players are an even matchup in my opinion. Guard Chris Paul will be matched up with Mike Conley, which is easy to say that Chris will dominate. Forward Caron Butler, who is arguably the best perimeter defender on the Clippers, will be matched up with Rudy Gay. That matchup will be fun to watch, expect for Caron to keep Gay away from the basket and make him a jump shooter. Lastly we have Randy Foye and O.J. Mayo; these two are hard to figure out. Both have played well recently, but both can be susceptible to have games where they make no impact. Games in which they perform great can potentially swing the series.
This looks to be an awesome series. It will not surprise me if the series goes to seven games, in other words the home court advantage could prove to be the difference. Hopefully it will not for the sake of Clipper fans. Man I cannot wait for the playoffs to begin!!! GO CLIPS!!!!!!!!!!