The Grizzlies held off another late 4th quarter surge by the Los Angeles Clippers, and are now heading back to the Staples Center to try and force a game 7 back home. The Grizzlies fans in attendance showed a lack of class, when they booed Blake Griffin after he got up after clutching his knee in pain. It was the same knee that caused him to miss all of what should have been his rookie year.
Chris Paul also re-injured the groin that caused him to miss the last game of the regular season, and you can’t help but wonder if these injuries will affect the way the Clippers are able to close out game 6. Griffin came back to play, but he did not look comfortable on the court and was much less effective as well.
This should be the Clippers’ game 7; their best chance of winning the series is surely by doing it in Game 6, and not letting the Grizzlies have a chance of swinging the series at home. If Paul and Griffin are not fully healthy, then the Clippers will need their best bench production of the season in order to advance and face the Spurs.
The Clippers will also need to figure out how to stop Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph down low; the two of them torched the Clippers in Game 5 to help build the 20 point lead that they ended up holding on to.
The 6th man at the Staples Center will be big for the Clippers; the Staples Center crowd clad in red has been one of the best home-field advantages in the playoffs so far this year, and it will take a loud effort from them and an efficient one from the Clippers if they want to book a flight to Texas next week.