The Los Angeles Clippers are much more subdued this time around after their latest game in Tennessee.
When the Clippers left the FedExForum late in the season with a road victory against the Grizzlies, the music blared with singing and an air of celebration as the Clippers solidified their hold on home-court advantage in the playoffs.
The Clippers' locker room was much quieter Thursday night after their nine-game winning streak ended with a 94-82 loss in which the Grizzlies employed the game plan Los Angeles used so well in taking the first two games of this first-round series in California. Game 4 is Saturday.
The Grizzlies did everything they couldn't in dropping the opener 112-91 and Game 2 93-91 on a last-second shot.
''The 50-50 balls tonight, they were able to come up with, the hustle plays,'' Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford said. ''We had a couple of pretty good stretches, but mainly they were the aggressors.''
The Clippers, who had dominated the boards 87-61 in th...