Grizzlies Get Back to Playing Inside-Out
Turns out, the Grizzlies wanted that, too.
It was obvious early and the reason they extended this series.
“We just wanted to play through the post,” (Zach) Randolph said after a 92-80 victory against the Clippers in which he finished with a series-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. “That’s what we need to do, play inside-out.”
Randolph and (Marc) Gasol combined to make 12 of 14 shots and score 27 points in the first quarter while Memphis jumped to a 36-22 lead that proved too much (at least on this night) for the Clippers to overcome. Yes, the Clips cut a 24-point deficit (75-51) in the third quarter to six (85-79) in the fourth to bring back memories of Memphis’ historical Game 1 collapse. But with L.A.’s Chris Paul (strained right hip flexor) and Blake Griffin (sprained left knee) both banged up, the Grizzlies were able to hang on even though they got away from their inside-out approach in the second half.