Monday, May 14, 2012

May 13, 2012. Playoffs day 16 Clippers hold on and Heat stars beat Indy.

This game wasn't the best for NBA fans, both teams struggle to hit a shot, including free throws. But it didn't mattered how ugly it was, what it mattered was the win, and The Clippers got that by defeating the Grizzlies 82-72.  

Blake Griffin  scored just 8 points  (3-11 FG) however, the Clippers bench outscored the Grizzlies bench     41 - 11  and CP3 lead the way with 19 Points, 9 rebounds & 4 ast.

The Memphis Grizzlies had all the chances in the world to get away with this win  but the  turnovers, missed free throws, missed layups around the rim and not grabbing offensive rebounds killed them.  Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol both scored 19 points, they needed more from a third scorer, he never came.  OJ Mayo was 1-11 from the field,  Mike Conley 2-13 & Zach Randolph 3-12.

The Clippers are going to be facing the Spurs in the 2nd round. The Memphis Grizzlies? they will go fishing and evaluate how they can get back at least to the second round of the playoffs like last year.

Lebron James and Dwyane Wade scored 61 points combined to beat the Indiana Pacers 95-86 in game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals . The Heat  needed them more than ever due to the injury of Chris Bosh. Bosh left the game in the 2nd quarter cause of an abdominal strain and didn't come back.

Wade and James outscored Indiana 42-38 in the 2nd half.    The Pacers lost but they did some good things during this game and they should be able to keep doing them and especially now that Bosh is out.  They forced the ball down low to their big guys, Roy Hibbert and David West scored 17 points each and reserve, Tyler Hansbough had 8.  Unlike Indiana's bigs who did their part, Indy is going to need more production from Danny Granger (1-10 FG) and Paul George ( 1-5 FG) if they want a shot at cooling the Heat during the rest of the series.

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