LOS ANGELES After Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol exited the postgame interview room, they jumped at the chance to hop on an equipment cart that whisked them away to the Memphis Grizzlies bus.
It seemed like a fitting reward for the two big men who resuscitated the Grizzlies season by sparking a 90-88 victory over the Clippers, evening their series at three games apiece. Or was it something else?
"We hurt, man," Randolph said with a chuckle as he settled in for the ride. "We hurt."
That was a dig at Clippers star Chris Paul, who was clearly not the same after straining his hip flexor late in Game 5. Blake Griffin was a lesser factor, too, after spraining his knee on Wednesday more solid than spectacular.
But it was Paul, who had rescued the Clippers down the stretch in their three victories and had nearly done so in two of their losses. Where he had been assertive, commanding and clutch, Paul was none of the above on Friday.
He contributed 11 points, seven assists and three ...