About midway through the second quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies were on the business end of one of Jamal Crawford’s signature games and it looked as though they had no way to stop him. In a lot of ways, it looked like the Grizzlies’ rock bottom moment from the 2011-2012 regular season at Staples Center against the Clippers. In that game in March, the Grizzlies started out flat and never got anything going on their way to a blowout loss.
The next night the Grizzlies circled the wagons and beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the same arena.
The Grizzlies will need to find a way to respond to another loss to the Clippers on the road this season.
The Clippers outscored the Grizzlies 28-15 in the 4th quarter on their way to a 101-92 opening night victory.
The Grizzlies led at halftime and entering the final frame, but could never put the new-look Clippers away and the home team took advantage.
Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies in scoring as he shot an efficient 11-21 from the field and also had 7 rebounds as well. Gay famously missed the playoff run in 2011 and then played pretty poorly in the 2012 first round loss to the Clippers.
Zach Randolph was kept at bay by Reggie Evans in the 2012 playoffs and with his absence from the Clippers this season, one figured that he may get going again. That wasn’t the case, as he shot just 5-15 from the field and only 5-9 from the free throw line.
Chris Paul paced the Clippers with 12 points and 12 assists, but the Clippers’ bench once against demolished Memphis, led by Crawford’s 29 points. The Grizzlies bench is still finding it’s way after O.J. Mayo’s departure and while Jerryd Bayless looked more than capable as Memphis’ new backup point guard but went 1-8 from the field.