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Gametime: Round 1, Game 3 at Clippers


Round 1, Game 3
Final:n Grizzlies 86 Clippers 87 - May 5, 2012

Despite Rudy Gay's late-game heroics, the Grizzlies were unable to defeat the Clippers in a 87-86 road loss Saturday. Zach Randolph added 17 points and six rebounds while Marc Gasol had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Game 4 is on Monday night.

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They said...

Coach Hollins

On the game:

“This was a closely contested game and we got into a little bit of foul trouble. Marc [Gasol] got taken out of the game when we had a six-point lead and we kind of shut down offensively. We only scored fifteen points in the fourth quarter. We had a nice quarter in the third quarter with a nice rhythm and then coming down the stretch we took too many quick shots. We gave up second chance points. The offensive rebound that we gave up to [Eric] Bledsoe, he made the bucket, missed the freethrow, they get the rebound and got fouled and scored. And the Randy Foye’s big three on the angle hurt us. But we battled back and had a chance at the end. I wish I had another timeout so that maybe we could have had more time for Rudy [Gay] to get a shot off. But we didn’t, so we pushed it and got as good of a shot as we could with the time left on the clock.”

On the last three minutes of the game:

“The last couple plays we wish we could’ve had back. We had a couple offensive rebounds off foul shots, and I still feel at that point we had good position at winning the game. But we just had a couple letdowns.”.”

Rudy Gay

On Chris Paul Closing Games:

“He’s tenacious. He’s one of those guys that doesn’t give up. He’s not going to take ‘no’ for an answer. I think at the end of the game we played pretty good defense on him. He was dribbling a lot and trying to create plays, trying to find people. Going into this game we knew he was going to be Chris Paul. That’s no secret. We just can’t have other people do what they did tonight.”

On the Last Play:

“At that point something had to happen. At the end of the game we were down six [points]. They made two foul shots. And I came down, and I just wanted to make a play. That was the first thing that happened. I had to make a quick play. I saw a little bit of room, and I wanted to try to shoot the shot.”

On the physicality of the Grizzlies:

“Oh, well we’re supposed to be a physical team. They took that away from us today. They pushed us. They did all the things that we usually do to teams.”

On the effect of the loss on the team:

“I think it’s encouraging. I think we know what we can be. The losses we had—there’re no secrets to why we lost. Obviously tonight was about rebounding and no second-chance points, and they had a lot of those—both of them, a lot of rebounding and second-chance points. That beat us today. The first game we got away from how we play basketball. When we play our way, I feel as though we are a better team.”

Quincy Pondexter

On the last Minute of the Fourth Quarter:

“That’s the biggest thing—we’ve got to make the big plays in the last minute of the game, not just the beginning.”

On being down 2-1 in the series:

“This series is just heating up right now, and I’m excited to see how it plays out.”

On tonight's loss:

“We’ve got to move on. It’s tough, but the only way we get better is to learn and move on.”