LOS ANGELES--Prior to the beginning of the Clippers-Grizzlies playoff matchup, no one was talking about the possibility of it being the best first round series played, or that Chris Paul may be stepping into a pantheon reserved for just a few NBA stars.
Turns out everyone should have been shouting about it.
Los Angeles once again showed a resolve not always apparent during the regular season. shaking off a lackluster second half and overtime foul problems from Blake Griffin to beat Memphis 101-97. The Clippers own a 3-1 lead as the series heads back to Tennessee for Game Six, a potential clincher for Griffin, Chris Paul and their mates.
Paulwho nearly had a triple-double with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists--scored 8 of his team's 12 overtime points. He was seemingly oblivious to the Grizzlies' pressure defense and showed why many feel he's supplanted the Lakers' Kobe Bryant at the premier game-closer in the NBA.
"I feel we do have the best closer in...