Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  14 responses

Tony Allen: Clippers ‘Played Harder’ Than Memphis Grizzlies

The Los Angeles Clippers shocked the world by sending the Memphis Grizzlies home for the summer following a tough, Game 7 win on the road. According to Tony Allen, the Clips simply wanted it more. From the Commercial Appeal: “The Griz were officially in offseason mode after losing their Western Conference first-round playoff series despite having home-court advantage. What Griz coach Lionel Hollins called ‘a very satisfying season with a bitter end’ arguably came down to their taking a vacation from their style. The Grizzlies talked about grit and grind. The Clippers brought it in Game 7. The Griz talked about exploiting their size advantage. The ground-and-pound action with Gasol and Zach Randolph that helped win games 5 and 6 wasn’t emphasized much in Game 7. ‘They were overloading the post,’ Marc Gasol said. ‘They know what we want to do and they know what our strengths are and they were taking it away. We were trying to find something.’ With the season on the line during an ugly game in which neither team could establish a flow, the Clippers pulled off what they did to win Games 1, 3 and 4. The Clippers got offensive rebounds, dived for loose balls and got a big spark from their bench. The Clippers made sure the plays that could have gone either way ended in their favor most of the time. ‘They just played harder than us,’ Tony Allen said. ‘And obviously, in a 48-minute game, they wanted it more than we did because they obviously beat us in the rebounding area. They just outworked us. I think that was pretty much the game.’”

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  • Mike Mihalow

    they flopped harder, too

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^they sure did, by all means necessary (malcolm voice)

  • http://Www.achtamsterdam.nl Phil

    Memphis couldn’t buy a bucket in the fourth….

  • riggs

    their flopping didnt win them the game.

  • Mariano

    No, but it sure helped

  • http://Www.achtamsterdam.nl Phil

    The flopping in basketball needs to stop..especially from guys like evans and griffin who are build like brick walls.

  • jay

    great series but no one to cheer for. One is Flop City the other are low class whiners.

  • Anon

    Low class whiners? Kill yoself and go watch soccer

  • shutup

    I loved the physicality of the series. Was hoping the Clips won, looking for the Spurs sweep, can’t see it going more than 5.

  • feez_22

    ya… im done doubting the clippers. I think they can beat the spurs. Not because they are smart… but because they can dominate the paint all series and shoot the 3. Not to mention SA doesn’t play nearly the perimeter D mem played. people calling for a sweep… lets not confuse the clips with the jazz.

  • shutup

    ^lmao dominate the paint? what series were you watching? If you think the Clippers are gonna win avg 90 ppg you got the Spurs f%$ked up.

  • jay

    Anon Posted: May.14 at 12:19 pm
    Low class whiners? Kill yoself and go watch soccer

    why so i can watch more flopping and more whiners?

  • ThunderGun

    how awesome and unlikely would it be for a clipper laker conference final

  • jay

    ^^^^ I’d say they both want that. Quality of play would be great as well with no traveling.