The Daily Clipper for May 3, 2012

May 2, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) during the second half of game two in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Memphis won 105-98. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

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We lost one in Memphis and the series is headed back to Los Angeles. A Memphis win was not unexpected.

Please note the following is my own personal opinion and it does not reflect anyone else's (if our Fearless Leader feels it needs to be deleted, it is is his prerogative). I do not like to complain about game officials (job is hard enough) but have to say that they did miss some very dirty plays (i.e. Eric Bledsoe's funny bone) by Memphis that were as clear as day. Dirty plays that even Ray Charles, Jr. could not miss.

I had a lot of respect for the Grizzlies but after last night, such respect is nowhere to be found. One thing is to be a team that grinds it out to get the win. It is another thing to employ tactics that just are not right. Some of you might or might not agree with me and it is perfectly fine. But these are just my observations.

Now that my ranting is out of the way, here is a Clipper fix until then.

P.S. My apologies for posting this Daily Clipper a bit later than usual.

Behind the Box Score, where the Clippers and Grizzlies nearly salvaged a terrible night of hoops | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Ball Don't Lie: Memphis Grizzlies 105, Los Angeles Clippers 98 (series tied, 1-1) After a miserable night of basketball that saw the Pacers and Spurs win by a combined 54 points, a reasonably competitive Clippers-Grizzlies contest was a needed tonic -- but hardly …

Chris Paul emerges as potential NBA players president – USATODAY.com
NBPA vice president Mo Evans told USA TODAY Sports that Chris Paul's name "may circulate" as Derek Fisher's replacement as president.

Memphis Grizzlies regain their identity in 105-98 win, pull even with Los Angeles Clippers - Chris Mannix - SI.com
For two months now O.J. Mayo has heard the rumors about the aborted deadline deal with the Celtics for Ray Allen, how it was he who quashed the trade that would have broken up Boston's Big Three.

Los Angeles Clippers' forward Reggie Evans set for contact " The Commercial Appeal
Reggie Evans and Zach Randolph aren't twins, but they should be. ecause they are joined at the hip. And other body parts that the power forwards of the Clippers and Grizzlies, respectively, use to hammer each other while battling for rebounds or to establish low post position.

Los Angeles Clippers' forward Reggie Evans set for contact " The Commercial Appeal
Reggie Evans and Zach Randolph aren't twins, but they should be. ecause they are joined at the hip. And other body parts that the power forwards of the Clippers and Grizzlies, respectively, use to hammer each other while battling for rebounds or to establish low post position.

Grizzlies' grindhouse style wears down Chris Paul, Clippers
The Grizzlies relied on their identity of rebounding, points in the paint and getting to the foul line to even series with the Clippers.

Floyd Mayweather denies placing $1.8 million bet on Los Angeles Clippers: 'It's not true' | MLive.com
Mayweather denied the rumor Tuesday while meeting with media at MGM Grand.

Kidd honored with 2011-12 NBA Sportsmanship Award | NBA.com
Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2011-12 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today.

Los Angeles Lakers' Jim Buss says he's over failed Chris Paul trade - ESPN Los Angeles
The Lakers' season was almost derailed before it began after the Chris Paul trade fell through on the eve of training camp. Now that the Lakers made it through the regular season as the No. 3 seed in the West, the team has officially moved on.

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