MEMPHIS --When Rudy Gays jumper, over the outstretched arm of Kenyon Martin, bounced off the front of the rim and into the hands of Blake Griffin just before the buzzer sounded, the Clippers werent sure how to feel.
Elation? Griffin began to hug anyone he could find.
Redemption? Marc Iavaroni, the Clippers assistant and former Memphis coach, cupped his hand over his ear and shouted to the crowd that he couldnt hear them.
Relief? Chris Paul suggested a newspaper headline would read: Phew!
But in sorting out all the emotions of the Clippers unlikely, ridiculous, inconceivable 99-98 comeback victory over the Grizzlies in Sunday's opener of their first-round Western Conference series, there seemed to be one overriding all others.
This felt, more than anything else, like ill-gotten goods.
The Clippers trailed by 27 late in the third and tied the NBA playoff record for largest deficit overcome at the end of three quarters, when they trailed by 21.
When you come back after trailing ...