If you wonder what the Los Angeles Clippers would look when Chris Paul doesn’t play perfectly and the bench hit the wall tonight’s the night as the Memphis Grizzlies defeat LAC 94-82.
Between being defended by Tony Allen, Mike Conley and Quincy Pondexter, Paul looked completely out of wack in 35 minutes of play. This may have been his worst night of the 2012-13 season finishing with 8 points, 4 assists and 5 turnovers. Unfortunately for Paul the rest of his Clippers teammates couldn’t make up for his off night. Blake Griffin contributed with a team-high 16 points, but it was as quiet a 16 you could see from a NBA star.
The biggest difference from tonight’s game and the first two games were how the reserves made up for the starters short-comings. That didn’t happen tonight. Outside of the Lamar Odom, the bench just couldn’t make a stop or score points. Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes combined for 5-20
On the other side, Zach Randolph had a blast from the past going for 27 and 11. He often looked unstoppable no matter who was guarding him and when he couldn’t create for himself on the block Marc Gasol was there to feed him in the hi-low. And for the first time in the three-game series, the Grizzlies bench outplayed the Clippers bench.
Tonight’s performance from the Clippers isn’t anything to garner a panic. The Griz have been a great team at home this season and the bread and butter that LA relies on on a nightly basis had a bad night. But there’s room for improvement heading into Game 4. Tonight just wasn’t their night.