Starting Lineups: The Grizzlies Give Up The Ghost; Clippers Comeback For 99-98 WinBasketball, Ed The Sports Fan — By E. Maisonet, III on April 30, 2012 at 9:00 am
I was already thinking about Monday. Most of you were already asleep.
The Memphis Grizzlies had a sound 22-point advantage, fans were already headed out of the FedEx Forum to see what Beale Street was talking about, and Caron Butler had already went in the locker room to put his three-piece suit on. The game was over.
Of course, no one told Reggie Evans, Nick Young, Eric Bledsoe and Chris Paul that.
Reggie Evans started boxing out and grabbing rebounds like his life depended on it, Nick Young started raining threes as only someone who was self-nicknamed “Swaggy” can, and Eric Bledsoe started putting pressure on the ball-handlers to no end. Of course, Chris Paul evidently told head coach Vinny Del Negro to “give us a chance” and “to fall back; we got this.” So, yeah; apparently, Chris Paul is now the point guard and the player/coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
A 28-3 run in the fourth quarter, and the Clippers lead the Grizzlies 1-0 in the playoff series. More words from Paul to Craig Sager:
“It’s a shame when you see how we can play at the end of the game. We’re going to look at the tape and see how we came out so lethargic at the beginning of the game, but it’s a good win for us. It got a little emotional out here because of that, but we have to get our composure back and get us ready for Game Two.” — Chris Paul
Oh, and after he was done, Paul roasted Craig Sager about his suit. “Its not Easter anymore though.” Unbelievable.
Here is your reading material for Monday, and let us know your thoughts on the epic comeback by the Clippers versus the Grizzlies.
Boxing Scene: Fighting Words The Three Legacies of Bernard Hopkins
The Front Office: Nike dropping the Penny V’s
The Classical: NBA Soul
The NFL Chick: A Visit To The New NFL Office In NYC
How To Make It: The Story Behind The Nike Roshe Run
Jason Whitlock: Hunter-Fisher feud stunts NBA’s growth
HBCU Story: On Using Your Voice
Hoops Authority: Did Derrick Rose’s Shoe Change Play A Role in ACL Tear?
Grantland: Matthew of Troy
Smoking Section: On “Ghetto Music” & God
The Loop 21: 20 Years Later: Remembering the LA Uprising, Part I