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NBA Playoffs: Clippers pull off another comeback, take 2-1 series lead

May 5, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph, and guard Tony Allen

The Memphis Grizzlies have to be shaking their heads in disbelief right now. While the Grizzlies’ blown opportunity in Game 3 wasn’t nearly as disastrous as their historic Game 1 collapse, the fact of the matter is that Memphis could easily be up 3-o on the Clippers right now, but instead they find themselves down 2-1 thanks to two games that were decided by a grand total of two points.

Chris Paul was once again fantastic — he finished the game with 24 points, 11 assists, and 4 steals, and scored or assisted on six of the Grizzlies’ final seven points of the game. Foul trouble limited DeAndre Jordan to just 18 minutes of play, but the Clippers still held their own in the paint, outscoring Memphis 34-20 inside the painted area. The Clippers also prevented Memphis from winning the transition game — both teams had exactly 17 turnovers, and the Grizzlies only managed to grab one more offensive rebound than the Clippers did. Randy Foye did a great job in giving Los Angeles the 2nd option they so desperately needed, scoring 16 points on 6-9 shooting from the field and 4-5 shooting from beyond the arc.

On the Grizzlies’ side of things, Rudy Gay led Memphis with 24 points, although he missed a potential game-winning jumper with just seconds left. The Grizzlies have played great basketball in this series, but the breaks didn’t go their way in games 1 or 3, and now they need a road win to keep from falling into a huge 3-1 series hole. They can pull it off, but they need to keep their eyes on the prize and play for the full 48 minutes if they want to tie this series back up.

  1. blakspartan - May 5, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Memphis grizzlies should be called the Memphis care bears

  2. dougmanoh - May 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Wow! Chris Paul was even putting up points for the Grizzlies?!! What a scoring machine!!

  3. slumdog66 - May 5, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Chris Paul is the best closer today

    • thestudiokida - May 6, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      That’s what I’ve been telling people. Kobe hits 31% of his clutch shots and Chris Paul always hits (or assists) them….. well except for the free throws yesterday.

  4. mungman69 - May 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Who writes this junk. Chris Paul scored for the Grizzles? Proofread.

  5. redstar504 - May 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    I wonder when CP3 will or if he will ever get an MVP award because he deserves one. Take him off that team and the Clips are nothing.

  6. abchome - May 6, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    CP3’s son’s “Blake face” is so cute~~~

  7. maddogg911 - May 6, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Clippers might just surprise the world and take all of this…. CP3 is playing like if he’s the black mamba!!!

    • slowclyde86 - May 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Easy there big fella. It’s far from certain they even make it out of this series. Griz shot 40 percent and are still two last second Rudy Gay shots away from 3-0. Clips deserve to be where they are, but they just do not have the breadth of talent to go deep much less win it all. Spurs, thunder both sweep them if it comes to that. Be thankful if they win this series.

  8. jimsjam33 - May 6, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Fact of the matter is that the Clips could easily be up 3 to 0 right now . If they had closed game 2 a little tighter this series would be a sweep !

    • cullenand99 - May 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Fact of the matter is that the Grizz could easily be up 3 to 0 right now. If they had closed games 2&3 a little tighter this sries would be a sweep ! See what I did there?

  9. lameasish - May 6, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    It’s could also be 3-0 the other way pal.

  10. mat9844 - May 6, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    The Clippers (and fans) are having fun doing what everyone said they couldn’t do. Win games in the post season.

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