Posted May 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Los Angeles Clippers are 0 for 2 in closeout games, and now their playoff future comes down to a decisive Game 7. Win and the franchise can savor a landmark series victory. Lose and the Clippers will face the same derision that has dogged them for years. ''It's do or die now,'' Blake Griffin said. The Clippers put themselves in this must-win situation by blowing an eight-point fourth-quarter lead in a 90-88 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. ''We didn't want to go back to Memphis, not `til sometime next season,'' Chris Paul said. That's where Game 7 is Sunday. ''We can't hold nothing back,'' Paul said. The Grizzlies were their usual physical selves in evening the series. Marc Gasol scored 23 points, and Zach Randolph had 18 points and 16 rebounds to help them win for the first time in the Western Conference series at Staples Center and stave off elimination. Rudy Gay and Mike Conley added 13 points each. ''We were very focused on our task defensively and tha...
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