In the Clippers' eyes, there's only one way to slow down the backboard-attacking Memphis Grizzlies. "Everybody has to rebound," Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. That's what helped the Clippers win Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference playoff series as the Clippers outrebounded Memphis in both games. But when the Clippers didn't generate a collective rebounding effort in Game 3, it led to the Grizzlies outrebounding them, 45-33, and it led to a defeat. Worse, the Clippers were eaten up on the offensive glass, giving up 17 offensive rebounds. That's what the Clippers talked about at practice Friday as they prepared to meet the Grizzlies in Game 4 Saturday afternoon at the FedEx Forum. The Clippers lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1. "I think it's a mind-set," said Blake Griffin, who had only two rebounds in Game 3. "We came out in Game 1 and really had the mind-set of executing our game plan. It wasn't just the bigs that were keeping guys off the glass. Our guards were coming in and rebounding." Jordan leads the Clippers in rebounding (8.0 a game) in the series. Griffin is second (5.0), Lamar Odom is third (4.7) and Chris Paul is fourth (4.0). Memphis power forward Zach Randolph had 11 rebounds in Game 3, six of them offensive rebounds. In some ways, that's expected because Randolph led the league in offensive rebounds (4.1) during the regular season. Memphis guard Tony Allen also had nine rebounds, two offensive. The Grizzlies averaged 12.9 offensive rebounds during the season, tied for the third-best in the NBA. "If me and Blake box out Marc [Gasol] and Zach, and Tony Allen gets the offensive rebound, then that hurts us," Jordan said. "That's why it takes all five of us. It's not just the bigs. It's not just the guards. It's everybody."
Clippers look to rebound in Game 3
Los Angeles Times | Apr 27