Griffin, Clippers Anticipate Physical Series
After completing the greatest regular season in franchise history, the Clippers didn’t think they would have to see the Grizzlies again. They had won too many games (56) and played too well down the stretch (seven straight wins) to be paired against a team that is still is regarded by some as a dark-horse pick to get to the NBA Finals. In fact, since the NBA instituted the current playoff format in 1983-84, only one other first-round playoff series featured two teams that won at least 56 games each during the regular season, and that happened 15 years ago.
Yet, there they were again Saturday night, opening up the first game of what could turn out to be another classic seven-game series.
The Clippers won Game 1 112-91, this time in Los Angeles and this time without the need for an historic comeback. The Clippers actually dominated the game, going up by as many as 21 points in the second half, and never trailed.
“It’s going to be physical every single game, that’s the way (Zach Randolph) likes to play and that’s the way you have to play him,” Griffin said. “As long as at the end of the game we’re winning that rebounding battle and we’re up, I’m cool with it.”