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Competitive By Nature: Clippers vs Grizzlies

And now the moment we have all been waiting for. The NBA Playoffs are finally here. Since it’s still early and we’re only two games in, I figured I would share my thoughts on the most exciting series of the playoffs. There’s everything to like about the matchup between these teams including their history which proves that this years rematch between the L.A. Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies is bound to be even better than last years.

A year ago we thought little of the 4 vs 5 matchup between Memphis and L.A. but as we reminisce, we remember what a great series that was. Their round 1 matchup in last years playoffs would go on to become an instant classic after the Clippers defeated the Grizzlies in game 7. To say these games were competitive would be like calling an oven warm after baking cookies. The correct word of choice here being hot. 5 out of the eventual 7 games would be determined by 4 points or less with each team averaging just over 90 points and 16 assists a game. In game 1, the Clippers would overcome a 21 point deficit entering the 4th quarter as they defeated the Grizzlies 99-98. Memphis would soon learn from their mistakes managing to hold a 4th quarter lead as they handled Los Angeles 105-98 in game 2 (tied 1-1). The Clippers managed to steal game 3 despite missing 17 Free Throws and Rudy Gay‘s 24 points (L.A. 2-1). In game 4 the Grizzlies would force overtime behind an 11-1 fourth quarter run. Led by Chris Paul‘s 27 points, 7 assists and 9 rebounds the Clippers defeated the Grizzlies in overtime 101-97 taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. Following their game 4 demise, the Grizzlies would take games 5 and 6 tying the series (3-3) and forcing game 7. In game 7 bench production would play large as L.A.’s reserves would outscore Memphis 41-11 behind Nick Young‘s 13 points. The Clippers defeated the Grizzlies 82-72 in game 7 before moving on to face the San Antonio Spurs in round 2.

And now we fast forward to this years series. Although L.A. currently leads 2-0, this years series has already shown signs to be even more exciting than last years. It’s ironic that these two teams a year removed from last years matchup manage to meet again in 4v5 fashion. Their similar game play and competitive nature have yet to disappoint thus far. Following the Clippers convincing game 1 victory 112-91, Chris Paul’s game winning shot on Monday night solidified a 2-0 lead on Memphis. The fact that game 2 came down to one final shot was proof that tensions are beginning to heat up between these teams. (Either that or this series is over because Los Angeles is looking better than ever). Chris Paul’s game 2 heroics only add to what has been a highlight reel of clutch playoff performances for the leagues best #3. Leading to my next point which came from a casual basketball discussion that came up today: Other than Lebron James, Chris Paul is the only player who could singlehandedly carry any team to the playoffs. Think about it. Oh and while you do that make sure you don’t miss game 3 of what looks to be an exciting series of games to come. Game 3; Clippers at Grizzlies is set for Thursday April 25, 9:30 EST.

A New 82, The NBA Today

As we close out the end of 2012 a new chapter begins. This year flew by, it feels like just yesterday we were watching the NBA Finals. The Heat beat the Thunder 4 games to 1 and the playoffs were done. The Olympics came and went, Gold! WNBA games began, and basketball died. Admits all the anguish, there’s hope. In about 18 days the hoops go back up, so wake up, don’t sleep, another season arises.

Looking Forward to the Future of the NBA

Sean Carter better known as Jay-Z looks over the Barclays Center located in his hometown Brooklyn, New York. This season for the first time ever the Brooklyn Nets will call  the Barclays Center home. “Hello Brooklyn.”

Timeflies. No really, time flies. The future is here people, take notes. We’re lockout-free, 82 games to go and there’s a whole lot of anticipation as to whats in store after such an eventful offseason. Let’s begin. The Brooklyn Nets have finally released their new home/away uniforms which are now available over at the NBA Store if you like. Goodbye red, white and blue. Black and white is as good as it’s going to get. Think Jay-Z, The Black album (2003). They’ve waited a long time for this so..Congratulations Brooklyn, you officially have your own hoop team. As for Jersey, you still have the New York Giants & The New York Jets to watch over there at MetLife in East Rutherford. My advice, just pretend the Nets have been taken to the big city for collateral. And, by the way the Barclays Center looks, you’ll never see them again. Goodbye Jersey, Hello Brooklyn.

Trades for Days

This summer was full of trades, free-agency, signings and everything player-personnel. Old faces in new places.

If you didn’t know already, we just survived the wildest NBA offseason ever. Countless transactions later, we’re here. This summer there were enough transactions to have you honestly questioning your teams starting five. Good news is, NBA 2K13 is out, the rosters are updated and the rookies are in. Pick up a copy, get familiar. See details of all NBA player transactions Here.

New Kids on the Block

Rookies! This years draft class may be the most talented rookie class in the past 5 years. If you think about it, the 2012 NBA draft was actually two years in the making. When freshman like Harrison Barnes, Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Jared Sullinger decided to stay in school for their sophomore seasons, we knew it wouldn’t be long before they would declare for the draft. This year what we got was really a combination of players from the classes of 2010 & 2011. It’s kind of crazy to think about how most of these kids were freshman and sophomores in college just a couple of months ago. Loaded with talent, potential and promising players the NBA could be back. Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? Rookie of the Year is up in the air. You decide, follow NBA.com’s Rookie-Ladder.

It’s Comeback Season..

Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls suffered an ACL tear in his left knee during the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs. He hopes to return sometime this season.

Was it just me or did EVERYONE get injured last season. Last season players such as Dwight Howard, Ricky Rubio, Jeremy Lin, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Chauncey Billups, Jeff Green & Avery Bradley all suffered season ending injuries. But, thanks to the summer and the grace of God, it looks like everyone is returning from injury. I’m sure they have all been rehabbing for months just to get back on the court. Wish them luck. However, the most compelling return is that of the late Brandon Roy. For details on his story Click Here. Roy returns to the NBA after a one year retirement in which he sat out because of chronic knee injuries. But he’s back and so are the rest of them, so don’t miss opening NBA action starting Tuesday October 30th. In the mean time check out NBA.com for pre-season action.