Clippers-Grizzlies Game 6: Paul, Griffin dealing with minor injuries

Griffin and Paul have minor injuries.       (USATSI)
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have minor injuries. (USATSI)

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. 

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?

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Matt Moore's colleagues have been known to describe him as a "maniac" in terms of his approach to covering the NBA, which he has done for CBS Sports since 2010. Moore prides himself on melding reporting,... Full Bio

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