In taking a glance at the first round matchups of the NBA Playoffs, there is one series that stands out among all the others– the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies.
It’s remarkable I’m talking about them because both organizations were so bad for so long.
But on paper this will be by far and away the closest and most highly contested opening round conference quarterfinal.
During the regular season, both sides were separated by a single game. The Grizzlies at 41-25, and the Clippers at 40-26.
The Grizzlies score by committee under head coach Lionel Hollins. None of the Grizzlies starting five scored 20 points a game, with forward Rudy Gay leading the way with 19 points.
The Clippers meanwhile are the flashier bunch, led by Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The team is no longer playing in the shadows of the Lakers, which is saying something.
I’m picking the Clippers in seven, as my only first round upset.