The Los Angeles Clippers did what they were suppose to do by defending their home court and now find themselves in the driver’s seat with a three to one series lead against the Memphis Grizzlies. Games three and four were both great battles. The games were closely contested and there were a couple of times were it looked as if the Clippers were going to let them slip by. Then Mr. Fourth Quarter himself, Chris Paul literally put his team on his back and willed his team to victories. I have never seen anything like that. Saying that CP3 is a very special player is an understatement. He is amazingly gifted and without him the Clippers would have already been swept out of the series.
I want to jump to game four of the series. The Clips were seemingly in control of the game, but Memphis would claw their way back into the game and take a fourth quarter lead. The Clippers would then go on a run and take a 10 point lead and a win was eminent. But the Clips let the Grizzlies back into the game and they went on an 11-1 run to tie the game and force overtime. So many times during the regular season the Clips let games slip away in the closing moment, looked as if it would happen again.
Before the overtime period began, it was apparent the momentum was on the side of the Grizzlies. They had no business still playing in the game and here they were with a chance to tie the series. CP3 made sure that would not be the case. He would go four out of five in the overtime period, scoring 8 points to secure the Clippers win. CP3 finished game four with 27 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Let’s not forget about Blake Griffin, he had his best playoff game of the series. Blake had 30 points, 7 assists, but only 5 boards. He showed many great moves in the low post, showing that he can be a go to player down the stretch.
The unsung heroes of games three and four have to be Reggie Evans and Eric Bledsoe. They are providing a great spark out of the bench. Both Evans and Bledsoe are playing great defense and making big plays at critical moments during the game. My favorite play of game four was the block Bledsoe had on a much taller Marreese Speight’s that led to a Blake Griffin dunk on the other end. It is those kinds of plays that gives a team energy; both to teammates and the crowd.
Game five will be in Memphis. Expect the Grizzlies to come out strong and force a game six, which I must admit I see happening. I believe the Clips will have to close this series in game six in Los Angeles. Hopefully I am wrong and the Clips take care of business in Memphis. GO CLIPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!