A great game tonight goes down between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies. Both of these teams are vying for a spot ton continue their run in the playoffs, and Los Angeles is currently up 3-2 in the series.
Los Angeles might want to be worried heading into tonight's game. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are not 100 percent in terms of health, and it could be the difference in them finishing out the series. Couple this with Caron Butler's broken hand, and you got yourself a recipe for disaster.
The Grizzlies took full advantage of this in game 5. They came out the gate swinging and ended the game with a final score of 92-80. In their victory, Marc Gasol scored 23 points and had 7 rebounds. Zach Randolph also helped out the cause scoring 19 of his own. Their backs were against the wall, and they certainly delivered sending the series into a game 6. Rudy Gay also came up big for the Grizzlies scoring 14 points. They will need the same type of collaborative effort if they want to send this series into a game 7.
For the Clippers, they just could not execute on the offensive end. Mo Williams went on to score 20 points. Chris Paul scored 19 points and Griffin scored 15 points with 11 rebounds. Both of these players missed much of the fourth due to injuries, which doesn't bode well for them heading into tonight's game. They are expected to participate in tonight's game, but it will be interesting to see if their performances are altered at all.
Both of these teams have a lot on the line in tonight's game. Los Angeles wants to prove that the acquisition of Chris Paul wasn't all for nothing this year, and they want to make the claim that they have one of the better scoring teams in the league. The Grizzlies are fighting to prove that they can compete with any team in the NBA. Their cause certainly is helped with the stellar play of Gasol and Randolph. They will need more of the same if they want to come out the winners tonight.
Fans should expect a fast paced game that is full of emotion, which should only add to the intensity of the game. Will Los Angeles be able to end the series tonight despite the fact that their star players in Griffin and Paul are injured? Will the Grizzlies come out of the gate swinging and send this series into a game 7? Whatever the outcome, it should prove to be a fun playoff game for NBA fans a like.