LOS ANGELES The Grizzlies are going home with a two-game deficit in the best-of-seven series against the Clippers. Here are three talking points to consider about their chances.
1. Defense will be critically important
The Grizzlies finally got the pace of the game more to their liking, holding the Clippers to fewer than 100 points and getting strong defensive play from their backcourt of Tony Allen and Mike Conley, who had two steals each.
After giving up 26, 24 and 25 points in the first three quarters, the Grizzlies shut down the Clippers in the fourth, yielding just 18 points.
But that included the game-winning basket by Chris Paul. In Memphis, the Grizzlies will have to make the game a half-court contest and not allow the Clippers to run.
I thought we fought back, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. Thats what weve done, thats how we play. Weve always scratched and clawed and just stayed after it. We got down by 12, we fought our way back. We had a chance to win the game...