NBA’s best defense faces Griffin, Lob City

by Browning Stubbs

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Prediction: Grizzlies in 7

The Memphis Grizzlies look for revenge against the Los Angeles Clippers in the rematch of last year’s Western Conference Quarterfinals. On Jan. 30, the Memphis Grizzlies traded their franchise player and leading scorer, Rudy Gay, to the Toronto Raptors in a three-team deal that sent Toronto’s Ed Davis and Detroit Pistons’ Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to Memphis. Since the trade, the Grizzlies have gone 27-11, which is the third best in the league. The Clippers won their first-ever Pacific Division title and swept the Lakers for the first time in history. The key matchup in this series comes down to the two point guards: Grizzlies’ Mike Conley versus the Clippers’ Chris Paul. Conley has taken a huge step for the Grizzlies since Gay’s trade, averaging 16.4 points per game. Memphis led the league, allowing 89.3 points per game thanks to anchor and perennial Defensive Player of the Year Marc Gasol.

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