The Memphis Grizzlies will look to take a 3-2 series lead when they visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, April 30th at 10:30 PM ET. The home team has won every game in this exciting first round playoff matchup and the Los Angeles Clippers hope that trend continues. After a disappointing game four, the Clippers will need to get back to basics if they are going to stop the momentum of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Head coach Vinny Del Negro will look to refocus his team in game five with so much on the line. “We got to go back, and we got to take care of business in Game 5 at home in front of our fans,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. “But there’s no question we’re going to have to get back to playing the way we did the first couple games.”
While the Los Angeles Clippers appeared poised to easily handle the Memphis Grizzlies after the first two games of the series, things took a dramatic turn when the series shifted to Memphis. The Grizzlies defeated the Clippers 104-83 in game four behind the excellent play of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph who each had 24 points.
As good as the Memphis Grizzlies played in games three and four, odds makers are not giving them much of a chance on the road in game five. Currently, the Los Angeles Clippers are listed as 5 point home favorites with the total sitting at 180 points.
In order for the Memphis Grizzlies to have a shot of winning game five and taking a commanding lead in the series, the Grizzlies will need to bring the same intensity and passion they did in the last two games for all four quarters. It is imperative that Memphis gets off to a good start on Tuesday night to keep the Los Angeles crowd out of it for as long as possible as they will sure be ready to rock with the Clippers returning home and entrenched in a close series.
A key to success for the Los Angeles Clippers will be finding a way to limit the production of Gasol and Randolph. Both players were excellent during the games in Memphis and helped catapult their team to victory. With a better concerted effort to stop Gasol and Randolph on the defensive end, the Clippers should be able to use their experience and athleticism to defeat the Grizzlies in front of their home town fans on Tuesday night.