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By 05.06.12
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Chris Paul (photo. Zach Wolfe)

Before we get any further into this Clippers/Grizzlies series, let’s make an observation: The Grizzlies have the better team, but the Clippers have the best player. In games like yesterday, which the Clips won by one to go up 2-1 in the series, sometimes it really doesn’t matter about the first 44 minutes but instead the final four. Chris Paul‘s 24 and 11 brought the Clippers back after they trailed pretty much the entire way in the fourth quarter, and as the Grizz struggled to find good shots down the stretch, CP3 was orchestrating anything he wanted on the other end. Before Rudy Gay‘s (24 points) ridiculous three with 12 seconds left, Memphis hadn’t scored in seven minutes. Gay would hit one more three before his final attempt wasn’t wet, probably the first time all year he hasn’t come through with the game on the line … The Clippers honestly deserved to lose. They went just 13-for-30 from the line as Blake Griffin (17 points) appears to be able to do everything outside of making free throws and growing a playoff beard … Marc Gasol (11 points, 10 rebounds) had his first second half points… of the entire series last night. WHAT? If Memphis wasn’t so aggressive on defense – the Clippers have had their first three-game stretch of at least 15 turnovers all season – someone in Memphis would’ve noticed this earlier and told O.J. Mayo to stop chucking up every shot he sees … Speaking of Mayo, he had a hard time handling the ball in the first half, turning it over at will, but he did give CP a perfect shot to his balls. No flop needed there … Weren’t the Grizzlies supposed to wear down the Clippers with their depth? During the late first/early second, with mostly bench players in the game for both teams, L.A. went on a 20-3 run to open up a lead they wouldn’t give up until the third quarter … Tony Parker (27 points) took over Game 3 in Utah in the fourth quarter as San Antonio pushed the Jazz to the cusp of their grave, 102-90. Utah played with energy, and the crowd was its usual psychotic self (until they realized at about the five-minute mark of the third that it didn’t faze the Spurs), but San Antonio is so good right now that none of it matters. We wish we had counted the number of extra passes the Spurs made throughout the course of the game. It probably would’ve tripled the number J.R. Smith has had throughout his entire career … Here’s an interesting note to think about going into the Knicks last game of the year today (trust, it’ll happen): the Heat were one of the worst teams in the league at guarding against the three ball during the regular season. But in this series, they’ve held Steve Novak to nine total points … And were it not for freaks of nature like Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin on display, Saturday would’ve been a total throwback special, with horse racing (Kentucky Derby) and boxing taking center stage. Floyd Mayweather Jr. scored a uninamous decision over Miguel Cotto, taking Cotto’s super-welterweight title belt to add to his collection of like 39 championship straps. Floyd actually came out to the ring with 50 Cent and, um, Justin Bieber carrying his belts. Then Triple H joined Floyd’s crew at some point: It looked like Jamie Foxx‘s “Blame it on the Alcohol” video when Foxx was hanging with the most random group of famous guys you could put in one limo … As for the fight, Cotto hit Floyd more often than Floyd usually gets hit — he bloodied Floyd’s nose early and the flow never stopped — but Floyd still won convincingly with his typically slick defense and a few powerful shots of his own. There were no knockdowns, and Floyd won about eight or nine of the 12 rounds. Afterward, Floyd made it sound like he was letting Cotto hit him just to make the fight entertaining. C’mon son … We’re out like Dallas’ title defense.

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