The Clippers beat the Grizzlies in the first round last year, but the cost was high. When the Clippers then had to face the Spurs, they were banged up -- with both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin dealing with injuries from the rough-and-tumble series. Now it appears the two stars are banged up, only this time they face a 3-2 deficit headed back to Memphis for Game 6.
Chris Paul has a bruised left thumb but he will play in Game 6.— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) May 1, 2013
Blake Griffin is day-to-day and a game-time decision for Game 6. Do the Clippers even need press conferences anymore?— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) May 1, 2013
Griffin was held to under 20 minutes in Game 5, while Paul shot 5 of 13 in the seconf half after sustaining the thumb injury. These are minor playoff boo-boos, but they add up in a series this physical.
Griffin's ankle is obviously the bigger concern after he failed to return to Game 5. With Griffin's game so dependent on athleticism, having a bad wheel could limit him, taking away yet another facet of the Clippers' progressively wilting offense.
The Grizzlies play a tough, physical style, and it's taking its toll on the Clippers for the second straight year. Even if they manage to force a Game 7 and win, will there be anything left of them for the semifinals?