MEMPHIS For everything that's been said about the way these Clippers are built sending away a likely future star in Eric Gordon for the current All-Star Chris Paul, and bringing along the high-flying sensation that is Blake Griffin it was, of all things, their bench play on Sunday afternoon, and really throughout the series, that captured the franchise's third playoff series win.
The Clippers, after nearly choking away a 3-1 lead in the series, finally closed out the Grizzlies, 82-72, in Game 7 at FedExForum and will advance to the second round to face the San Antonio Spurs.
With the Clippers' All-Star duo battling injury in the latter stages of the series, it was vital for the Clippers not named Paul or Griffin to rise to the occasion in Game 7, and they certainly did.
Kenyon Martin had a double-double, Nick Young had 13 points, and Mo Williams added nine points, as the Clippers bench outscored the Grizzlies bench, 41-11. They provided the...