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Game 3 Final: Grizzlies 94, Clippers 82
April 25, 2013

Zach Randolph grabs rebound
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Player Notes

Down 2-0 in their first-round series, Zach Randolph (27 points, 11 rebounds) and the Grizzlies played with a sense of desperation to earn a 94-82 home victory over the Clippers in Game 3 on Thursday. Marc Gasol, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, scored 16 points and Mike Conley handed out 10 assists.

Highlights

Game Notes

  • Memphis defeated Los Angeles Clippers at home for the first time since Game 5 of the 2012 Playoffs.
  • The Grizzlies secured their first win of the series and now stand 1-2 against the Clippers.
  • Los Angeles was held to just 82 points tonight, two shy of a franchise postseason low for scoring…. The Clippers had averaged 102.5 points in the two games in Los Angeles to start the first round series with Memphis.
  • With 18,119 fans in attendance, Memphis recorded its 11th consecutive postseason sellout.
  • Memphis recorded 18 assists while limiting Los Angeles to 14…During the regular season, the Clippers averaged 23.9 assists per game, ranked fourth in the league.
  • Memphis scored 40 points in the paint while holding Los Angeles to just 26 in the painted area.
  • After averaging 39.5 points in the first two games of the series, the Clippers’ bench scored to 35 points tonight while the Grizzlies’ reserved recorded 30 points after averaging 25.5 points over the last two games.

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Postgame Quotes

Coach Hollins

On the game:

“We didn’t play very well the first game. We played a lot better the second game and even better tonight. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but we played a lot better. It is important to get into the playoff intensity mode. I think we have gotten there. I also think that the same way we were the first game is how they were. They weren’t as intense. They had a two to zero lead, but I guarantee they will be ready on Saturday.”

On Quincy Pondexter:

“That is what we need every night. We need somebody from the bench to step up and do something. It doesn’t have to be the same guy. We like to have consistency, but if JB (Jared Bayless) is struggling a little bit then Quincy can rise a little bit. I wanted to go a different way match-up wise with (Jamal) Crawford and Chris Paul. We were able to do that with the line-ups we made. It was just a good team win.”

On Zach Randolph:

“Zach was huge. He got started quickly. He had 18 at halftime and that got us going. Everyone else just flowed into that. I thought our defense, for the most part, was solid.”

On out-rebounding the Clippers:

“We rebounded. We boxed out. We weren’t scrambling all over the place and we kept them in front of us a little bit better. That allowed us to rebound better. The first game they were in the paint, we were trying to help, and guys were cutting to the basket getting lay-ups and offensive rebounds. Each game we have taken a little bit more of that away and it helps your rebounding.”

On putting the bench in early:

“I didn’t intend to have everybody in there but it worked out. I thought the big key was having the right match-ups at the start of the 4th quarter. They would come out with their second unit and even when we thought we did they would cut it down from 12 to seven. We were able to get a couple of fouls, make free throws and got it back up. I think Q (Quincy Pondexter) made a couple of plays later on that really solidified the lead. We were able to play through it for the rest of the game.”

On stopping Chris Paul:

“We didn’t make any adjustments, we just played better. Chris Paul is a great player. No matter what you do he is going to figure out a way to get where he wants to go. I just think that he didn’t make as many shots as he has made in the past and we got a couple of turnovers on him, like when Tony (Allen) dove on the floor and flipped the ball away from him. Those kind of things are energy and effort plays, not a scheme.”

On avoiding getting shots blocked:

“When I played basketball that is what you always did. Nobody had to tell you not to get your shot blocked. I didn’t talk about it. They just got smarter. You go in there and get your shot blocked by a 7-footer when the guys is wide open, then that is on you. It wasn’t a strategy. That is the way you play basketball. We made some nice plays and the lane was a lot more open at times because of some of the things we had done offensively.”

On stopping Eric Bledsoe:

“We got all the rebounds. He usually gets offensive rebounds and creates havoc on the ball handler. He puts on pressure and attacks the basket. We don’t scheme to stop Eric Bledsoe. We have a scheme for the whole team.”

Tony Allen

On the game:

“It’s not satisfying at all honestly. I think that today was a day to come in and take care of business on our home court. We had more of a sense of urgency to come out and win. Guys played together. Guys paid attention to details. I have to credit our shootaround from earlier. Nobody was playing around. Everybody was tuned in. I think that was a great carry over for today’s game.”

On the defense:

“It was our style. We go as they go. They clogged up the paint and do work and feed off of each other. That’s what trickled down the bench to the starters. We go as they go. If we can keep up like that throughout the series, we’ll have our chance.”

On Chris Paul:

“We made a big point of emphasis on the pick-and-roll and how our bigs were down low. They had their antennas on when he was coming off of it. We tried not to let him go to the right as much as he wanted to. That’s his strong hand. He does a lot of damage that way. We covered that area.”

On the series:

“We haven’t done anything yet. We’ve won one game. There is still a game four. We’re not even too happy about it. We just have to focus on game four and take care of business like how we did it today.”

On the Grizzlies’ bench:

“I think when they get their opportunity they take advantage of it. I believe in them. Everybody else believes in them. They played hard and played together.”