SIEMAN SAYS: TOP 5 GAMES OF SELLOUT STREAK
Clippers radio broadcaster Brian Sieman shares his top five games from the team’s 100-consecutive home sellouts. Sieman makes it clear that No. 100 coming against the Memphis Grizzlies is important:
Jan. 30, 2012 - vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
The fireworks began in the second quarter when the Clippers made four-straight 3-pointers from Chauncey Billups, Mo Williams and Caron Butler for the Clippers in less than a minute. I had never seen a crowd go so crazy, until... Lightning struck twice. Blake Griffin delivered the finest dunk of his career, inducting Kendick Perkins into the most exclusive club in the world: Club Mozgov. It was one of the biggest home wins for the Clippers in the beginning of the Chris Paul era.
May 5, 2012 - vs. Memphis Grizzlies (Game 3)
One of the most intense games I’ve ever been a part of. I remember Rudy Gay missing at the buzzer in Game 3 that would have given Memphis the lead in the series. The shot seemed to take forever to get to the rim. It was an unnerving game that went back and forth. Both teams seemed to have it won at one point in the four. After the win, I needed to go home and “relax responsibly.”
May 7, 2012 - vs. Memphis Grizzlies (Game 4)
It was an unreal overtime win where Griffin and Paul combined for 57 points. Reggie Evans had some huge rebounds in the clutch to aid in the win and I remembered yelling, “GOD BLESS REGGIE EVANS” almost as loud as I could, both on the air and off. True Story, I was so stressed I actually got kidney stones from these two games. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Oct. 31, 2012 - vs. Memphis Grizzlies
It was opening night of (at the time) the most anticipated season in the history of the franchise. The fact that it was against Memphis, only sweetened the pot. Clipper Nation got their first look at Jamal Crawford as he had 29 points off the bench. It was the first of many games where he single-handedly took over. It set the tone for the rest of the season.
Apr. 22, 2013 - vs. Memphis Grizzlies (Game 2)
It was C.P. at his best. Memphis kept hanging around, and with the game tied at 91 with just seconds to play, he hits the game winner. The crowd went nuts, everyone (including me) thought this series is done. The joke heading to Memphis for some in the media (both for Grizzlies and Clippers) was wondering when Game 5 would be. The punchline was there would be no Game 5 because the Clippers would win in four. While there wasn’t a sweep, Memphis won the last four games of the series. I’m pretty sure we’re destined for another round between these two teams come spring.