Clippers want to avoid hole vs Memphis in Game 2

Associated Press Modified: May 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm •  Published: May 1, 2012
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Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is looking at starting either Nick Young, who scored a team-high 19 points Sunday night, or Bobby Simmons with Caron Butler out with a broken left hand. Young keyed the Clippers' comeback with three 3s, and he said he expects the Grizzlies to keep a closer eye on him in the next game after the Clippers' rally in the last one.

"It was an amazing comeback and just happy to be a part of it, really," Young said.

The series opener also marked the playoff debut for three Clippers starters in Blake Griffin, Randy Foye and DeAndre Jordan. Griffin had just two points by halftime, while Paul had a single point with three assists. Griffin finished with 17 points, while Paul had 14.

"Me and Blake play decent, you know we should have a better chance," Paul said.

The Clippers also got a boost from Reggie Evans, who grabbed 13 rebounds in helping Los Angeles to a 47-41 edge on the boards. He also helped harass Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, who had just six points. Blake Griffin wound up helping defend Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, and Gasol didn't score a point in the second half.

Gasol said the Clippers did a good job pressuring Memphis and getting the Grizzlies out of their rhythm. The Grizzlies also got so comfortable hitting a rare 11 3-pointers they wound up being outscored in the paint 54-38, something that usually doesn't happen with Memphis' offense centered around feeding Gasol and Randolph inside.

"There's no magic to it," Gasol said. "We just have to do what we did the first three quarters. If they pressure us ... just penetrate and run down the clock and play our game."

The Grizzlies still feel they simply took their foot off the pedal Sunday night. With such a big lead, they never thought the Clippers could score enough to be a threat, let alone steal the game. That's why guard O.J. Mayo said none of the Grizzlies are hitting the panic button.

"Just come out and play ball," Mayo said. "We have a good team."

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