PLAYA VISTA, Calif. For three games, the Clippers have tried in vain to slow down the Memphis Grizzlies in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.
For three games, they have failed miserably, unable to control the backboards, stop big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol or prevent Memphis from getting points in the paint.
So maybe, as Chris Paul suggested Friday, the Clippers need to get physical and throw the first punch Friday night in Game 6. If they dont, the best-of-seven series could be over quickly.
Weve got to be the initiators, Paul said. Weve got to hit first. We cant react.
Its just like when youre a little kid. The teacher doesnt see who hits you. They see when you hit the kid back. So at the end of the day, weve got to go out there with the mindset that were going to be the aggressors.
They might have to do it without forward Blake Griffin, their leading scorer, who has a high right ankle sprain and will be a game-time decision. Whether he plays or not,...