Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/4/13
The frustration was written on their faces with about 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Clippers knew they needed a big comeback Friday night, but it just wasnt in them. Their grand season of firsts ended with a 118-105 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum, and the sight of Chris Paul leaving the floor with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left after getting his second technical foul is one that wont disappear for a while. The Clippers did their best to stay alive and force a deciding seventh game at Staples Center, but after winning Games 1 and 2 on their home court, they dropped four in a row to a Grizzlies team that turned out to be better, tougher and more resilient. So its the Grizzlies who will advance to play the Oklahoma City Thunder the Western Conference semifinals. Here are three talking points from Game 6 that will linger: 1. Lets get physical The Clippers knew theyd have to assume a rough-and-tumble style against the Grizzlies, whose gritty style helped them take command of the series. But they didnt expect it would turn into a foul-fest. The Clippers were called for 33 fouls, sending Memphis to the line for 47 free throws. They were also hit with five technical fouls by Joey Crawfords crew, including two on Paul that led to his fourth-quarter ejection. And lets not forget the wrestling match in the third quarter between Zach Randolph and Blake Griffin, who played almost 14 minutes despite a high right ankle sprain that threatened to keep him on the bench. Randolph got his arm around Griffins neck but wasnt ejected. Bottom line: The Clippers made 41 baskets compared to 36 for Memphis, but the Grizzlies converted 38 free throws. 2. Small ball helps comeback The Clippers kept the game close through the first half but slipped back in the third quarter when the Grizzlies out-scored them 34-26. But coach Vinny Del Negro, desperate to find a combination that worked, went with an effective small lineup that included Paul, Willie Green, Grant Hill, Matt Barnes and Lamar Odom. That group helped the Clippers close to 85-79 late in the third quarter, but Memphis went on a 7-0 run in the final 38 seconds before the buzzer. Paul had 28 points, but Barnes was the Clippers most effective scorer, totaling a career playoff high 30 points on 11-of-14 shooting and 6-of-7 three-point accuracy. Worth noting: Sixth man Jamal Crawford missed all five shots he took and played just 12 minutes. That didnt help. 3. Grizzlies cant shoot from outside? They sure can Memphis was one of the leagues worst three-point shooting teams during the regular season, which is precisely why they didnt shoot much from long distance. But at times during the series and Friday night the Grizzlies made outside shots to blunt every Clippers comeback attempt. In the fourth quarter, after Caron Butler scored from outside to move the Clippers to within six points with 5:15 to play, guards Mike Conley and Jerryd Bayless hit consecutive three-pointers for a 111-99 lead with 3:06 left. Coney and Randolph scored 23 each for Memphis. The Grizzlies converted 8 of 19 from three-point range, essentially crushing the Clippers late-game hopes and their season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Oregon headed to first Final Four in 78 years as Jordan Bell & Tyler Dorsey dominate Kansas

This is the Gonzaga we’ve been waiting for

Jets won’t rule out selecting another QB in 2017 NFL Draft

Rougned Odor threw a cup of water into Felix Hernandez’s face on the field

Michael Irvin rips Texans for not trading for Tony Romo

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Richard Sherman on trade talk: ‘I just laugh it off, man’

Grumpy writer complains about 'SI for Kids' reporter

Report: Archie Miller closing in on seven-year deal to coach Indiana

Alex Rodriguez said he 'made an ass of' himself denying PED allegations

LaVar Ball finally got what he deserved

Adrian Peterson makes statement, says it is ‘not all about the money’

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker