The Grizzlies won and now the Clippers have to head out to Memphis to lose. That’s really the only way this ends, unless Paul can get more than 11 points (11 points!!!!!!!! I don’t care if he was injured, 11 points in a Game 6 from your star is unacceptable) and the Clippers can get into rhythm early, which is funny to even say, because it is the Clippers. This is coming from a Clippers fan, but, I mean, come on.
A TALE OF TWO FREE THROWS: Free throws are a crazy thing. They are the most unexciting thing that, more times than not, clinch games for teams. This is why close NBA games in their last minute become a start-and-stop frenzy. Free throws can work in so many ways: they can push a team over the top in the final seconds of a game and win the whole thing for them; they can do nothing but slow a game down and ensure the fouling team a possession; or they can be a total gamble, a last-ditch effort by a team to stop an opponent from scoring and hopefully have them choke at the line.
Blake Griffin was 5-6 free throws this game. 5-6!! This is fucking Griffin we’re talking about. He made big free throws when the Clippers needed them. They were huge. They made a Clippers win seem possible. But things started to go sour for them and then something so fucking frustrating happened that honestly is no Clippers’ fault.
Tony Allen was fouled and made neither. Missed both of them. 24 seconds left and the Clippers down 4, Randy Foye jumped up for the rebound and caught it… and then the thing that killed the Clippers was a total accident. Foye landed out of bounds. After the miracle of two missed free throws, the Clippers threw it away on total, complete accident. After a night where DeAndre Jordan and Reggie Evans made big free throws and Blake really stepped up his game, it was the other team missing free throws that killed the Clippers. Frustrating.
THE OTHER GASOL: Marc Gasol’s numbers say it all: 9-16 FG, 5-5 FT, 9 Rebounds.
TURN IT OVER: Despite a ridiculous 22 turnovers committed by the Grizz (compared to the Clips commendable 7), they still won. I don’t really know what the says, but it says something.
REGGIE EVANS: Big time plays and kept the Clips in there till the very end.
FLOP CITY VS. LOB CITY: We get it, Reggie Evans flops like a mad-man. We get it, Blake Griffin stares at the refs every time he releases the ball. We get it. People act like the whole Clippers team are flailing around the ground. It’s not the case. Plain and simple.
HIGH FIVE!: Worst. Technical. Ever.
IN THE END, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO WINS THIS ROUND: The Spurs are going to skewer whichever team is next.