Some things you can tell yourself in order to believe in the Grizzlies again as they prepare for Game 2 against the Clippers tonight.
-There’s no way the Grizzlies get out-rebounded that badly again.
-There’s no way Tony Allen plays only 17 minutes again.
-Holding Blake Griffin to just 10 points and five rebounds is…something.
-If the Grizz win Game 2, they take back home court, and bring a ton of momentum back to Memphis.
-No, they wouldn’t be better off with Rudy Gay. Trust me.
-Ed Davis had some good moments in Game 1. Maybe he ends up being a key player in this series.
-It was a 1-point game with nine minutes to go. This was a close game for 39 minutes that only turned into a route at the end.
-The Grizzlies already beat the Clippers at the Staples Center once this year. They can do it again.
-Keyon Dooling was a secretly great pickup. He’s been around the block, and almost nothing scares him.
-Marc Gasol was uncharacteristically off his game in Game 1. there’s no way that happens two nights in a row. Look for him to make a full recovery.
-A road team has to win a game in these playoffs eventually, right? Why can’t Memphis be the first?
-There’s NO WAY Marc and Z-Bo combine for only six rebounds again.
-Other than a brief outburst at the beginning of the third quarter, Chris Paul looked fairly mortal in the game. Even if the Grizzlies don’t win the series, CP3 probably won’t beat them by himself.
-Chauncey Billups is old, and he’s been inured most of the season. Sure, he has experience, and he was great at one time, but does anyone really think he’s going to play as well as he did in Game 1 every night?
-The Clippers are probably a little too cocky after Game 1. They played a team that looked nothing like the real Grizzlies team. If the true Grizz show up on Monday night, they could be in some serious trouble.
-Jerryd Bayless might be able to single-handedly swing a game in this series. He’s really picked it up since the All-Star break.
-Tayshaun Prince has loads of playoff experience, and he knows everything about Chauncey Billups’ game. If Chauncey looks like he might be going off again, the Grizzlies can look to Prince for advice on how to stop him.
-The Clippers are the most tortured franchise in the NBA. If anyone is going to be screwed by a giant unexpected misfortune, it’s them. Hopefully, it happens before the end of Round 1.
Well, that’s all I can think of for now. Let’s hope for the best. Go Grizz!