It has become clear that the Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies have a strong dislike for each other.
So don't be surprised if Monday night's game in Memphis is played so intensely that it's almost like Game 9 of their first-round playoff series last season.
"I'm sure it will be," Clippers guard Chris Paul said.
The Clippers and Grizzlies played an exciting, physical, trash-talking series that the Clippers won against considerable odds on the road in Game 7.
Then the teams opened the regular season Oct. 31 at Staples Center and it was another bruising, trash-talking, intense game that played out like an extension of the previous spring's playoff series.
Blake Griffin and Memphis' Zach Randolph picked up technical fouls during the season opener, which the Clippers won. Fifty-two personal fouls were called.
"It's going to be an intense game because the teams don't like each other," Clippers forward Matt Barnes said. "They are right behind us in the Western Conference standings. We b...