Clippers Desperate to Finish Off Surging Grizzlies

I hate to use the word desperate, but that’s what the Clippers are. The Grizzlies showed in game six that they can take the punches, and now they are on the offensive. It is now the Clippers turn to respond and luckily for them they are back in their own building.  They are up 3-2 and return to the Staples Center where they are 2-0. Banged up and reeling, the Clippers cannot afford to go back to Memphis for a game 7, too much would be against them and I do not like their chances. The Clippers big starting big men must stand up after a poor performance in game 5, giving up a combined  42 point and 17 rebounds to Randolph and Gasol. It may not seem like a huge sum, but Zebo got hot in the first quarter to put LA in the hole they were in and Gasol led all scorers with 23 points. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have joined the ranks of Caron Butler on the list of banged up starters for the Clippers. As the momentum begins to shift towards Memphis, and the pressure starts moving towards the Clippers, game 6 is so crucial. Chris Paul will give the Clippers the performance necessary to win the game, but Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan need to play like they were earlier in the series. Game 5 has got to be in the rear-view mirror for LA. The Clippers have to play like this is their game 7 and stay undefeated in the Staples Center and make sure the Fedex Forum has seen its’ last game this season.

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