May 3, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Caron Butler (5) in the final minute of their 115-105 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Clippers Eliminated From Playoffs by Grizzlies in Six

It was coming hard and fast, but could the Clippers do anything about it? Last year, the Clippers beat the Grizzlies in seven games with flying colors to move onto the second round. This year, however, the Grizzlies played better defense, and came away with some good offensive plays to win the series in six. One road game is all the lower seed ever needs, and the Grizzlies did it. In another none-close game, the Grizzlies were able to best the Clippers 118-105.

It wasn’t a bad game for the Clippers, however, but Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both battling injury. The only players who showed up tonight were Matt Barnes of all people, and Paul as always. They combined for 58 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals. That’s pretty good for a duo, but the veteran, Zach Randolph finally got past the first round.

For the Clippers, fouls were a huge problem and the Grizzlies shot 47 free throws, and connected on 80% of them. Those numbers are killer and just may be the difference in the series. Fortunately for the Clippers, however, some staffing changes may be made this offseason to make them a better team. The only problem is that Paul may not want to play on this type of basketball team. It’s going to be a very interesting offseason, as many teams will go for the veteran, but young point guard.

The Clippers had a breakout season, and they’re just now getting all their talent together. The basketball club has a very bright future, but who’s at the helm is still a question. The future of Clipper basketball is uncertain, but likely to be successful. With guys like Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford and Caron Butler, they’re going to be back next year, guaranteed. Stay connected with Fully Clips for daily updates on your favorite team!

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