(WMC-TV) No fanfare, no streamers, no celebration today at FedEx Forum. The Grizzlies fell at home in Game 7 by 10 to the Clippers.
The Inside Story: 4th Quarter collapses, and the play of the Clippers bench outscoring Memphis.
The Grizzlies were outscored in the 4th quarter today 27-16, as the Clippers took control. Their bench, the most dominant, outscoring Memphis 41-11.
"What stands out is that their bench played great. Each one shot over 50%. They were down big the stretch and played collectively as a team. Got to take my hat off to them," said Tony Allen. Allen had 7 points and 4 rebounds with 2 steals against the Clippers.
There was nothing the Grizzlies could do to stop the play of Kenyon Martin, the veteran inside. He had 11 points and 10 rebounds, with 3 blocked shots in the game.
Whatever the Grizzlies tried in the 4th simply did not work.
One reason the Clippers bench outscored Memphis down the stretch, is because the Grizzlies main second unit scoring option couldn't find the basket. O. J. Mayo hit less than 30% in the series, and was only 1 of 11 in Game 7.
"It's not what you want, not what you expect. Results are results. To fix it, I've got to go into the off-season motivated and remember you're only as good as your last game," said Mayo.
"We lost as a team. Win or lose as a team. It's not about one guy missing shots. No. Not time to point fingers or blame. Time to come together. Now it's really tough, now it hurts. Everybody hurts," said Marc Gasol.
"Thirty-two percent, 0 of 13 from 3, 71% on free throws. You're not going to win many games that way," said Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins.
The Grizzlies lose a second straight 7-game series in the Playoffs 4-3.