MEMPHIS As the Clippers iced their knees, showered, dressed and got ready to head out of town, the story of their 94-85 loss to Memphis was written on the dry erase board.
48 rebounds to 36
15 offensive rebounds
50 percent FG
Asked to translate the numbers, Clippers forward Blake Griffin did not need many words.
"We got outworked," Griffin said. "That's what it means."
It was not a disheartening defeat. It was only their second in the last 10 games, it came to one of the hottest teams in basketball and with a furious rally at the finish, as they nearly erased a 17-point deficit.
But it was certainly a cautionary one.
If the Clippers play Memphis in the first round of the playoffs, a possibility that carried a scent of inevitability Monday night since they are separated by a half-game in fourth and fifth place, then they had better be prepared to match the Grizzlies' consistently honest work ethic.
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