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Gametime: Game 4 - Grizzlies vs. Clippers


Game 4 Final: Grizzlies 104, Clippers 83

April 27, 2013

Game 4 at FedExForum.

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Player Notes

The Grizzlies, behind 48 points and 22 boards from Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, tied their playoff series at 2-2 with the Clippers, winning 104-83 Saturday at the FedExForum. Mike Conley chipped in 15 points and 13 assists while Tayshaun Prince added 15 points.


Game Notes

  • The Grizzlies evened the series and now stand 2-2 against the Clippers… Memphis will play in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 30 before heading back to FedExForum for Game 6 on Friday, May 3.
  • With a 21-point win, the Grizzlies record a postseason franchise record for margin of victory (previously, 18 points in Game 4 vs. San Antonio on April 25, 2011).
  • Los Angeles was held to 83 points… The Clippers averaged 82.5 points in the two games in Memphis while scoring 102.5 points in the two games in Los Angeles.
  • With 18,119 fans in attendance, Memphis recorded its 12th consecutive postseason sellout.
  • Since the start of the regular season, Memphis has gone 24-1 when scoring 100-plus points 18-1 when shooting .500 or better from the field… The Grizzlies scored 104 points on .506 shooting tonight.

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Postgame Quotes

Coach Hollins

On holding serve at home:

“We all served. Like I told our guys tonight, I said we got to go get a win when the crowds are not roaring in our ears. We got to keep playing and playing well. That’s how you win the series, but the series starts again. They won their first two, we won our two, now we go out there and we try to get a win in L.A. That’s important. You can’t win a series without winning in L.A.”

On momentum:

“Obviously not, I just told him that every game is its own entity and each quarter is its own entity, then parts of quarters. You got to go play well and continue to play well. The key for us, we started the fourth quarter and I left Marc (Gasol) in the game. I remember when we were in L.A. and I took him out. We were up 77-76 and I took him out and they went on an 18-5 run. I kept him in tonight and we went on a 17-5 run to shoot out a big lead which ultimately gave us a cushion to win the game. Both teams played hard I thought the Clippers came out and were really determined to get this win. They came at us really hard. We got off with a lot of emotion early and they came right back and played well. Got back into the game. Took the lead at half-time. And we came out in third quarter and regained our composure and poise and starting attacking them with Marc in the post. Then Marc in the fourth quarter we played against their zone. We played against whatever they were trying to do trap-wise. We were able to secure a win.”

On Quincy Pondexter guarding Chris Paul:

“He scored 19 points. C’mon. We were rotating guys. It’s not about one individual, it’s about the team. The thing I like best is that we made their bench have to beat us. We shut down three of their guys on their starters. It’s about the team. It’s not about one individual and what they do. Chris Paul a great player. He still had 19 points. He still did what he was supposed to do. We just took away a lot of the stuff they’d been doing and not by any scheme of our hard play and just getting after it.”

On the resurgence of Tayshaun Prince:

“I was encouraged by our whole team. There you go with talking about one individual. Our team played extremely well. They played hard. Everybody played to the max. We were able to get a win. I am happy when individuals play well, but as I said it’s about the win. Whoever it is on our team, it’s still about the win.”

On second chance points:

“The last two games, the last three games we’ve gotten back to rebounding, but it’s been by our defense overall. And we’ve been able to control the glass. When we can control the glass we can get out to run, and they haven’t got a lot of second chance points and they haven’t got a lot of lay-ups on back court. We’ve done a much better job in controlling that by what we’ve done out front in the pick-and-roll defense and all of the stuff that they do on the perimeter before attacking the basket. We had a lot of offensive rebounds. I think that we had 22-2 on second chance points. They played small a lot. When you play small and trying to help and it’s what we did in the first two games we had to help so much that we gave up so much that we gave up offensive rebounds. The script got flipped. They’re playing small and we were able to attack and they have to help and it leaves lanes open for people to get offensive rebounds. It comes down to everybody got to play their man and you got to play the scheme right. Because when you break down it opens up avenues for other people to get easy things.”

On Quincy Pondexter’s versatility:

“Be able to play one, two, or three has been important. We’ve shortened the bench so much so we’re rotating Quincy, Tony and Tay. The more versatile players you have, the shorter your rotation can be. If you have a guy who can play one, play two, play three so whatever the match-up they have we can put one of those guys. Tony Allen has done the same thing. The fact that they played very small at different points in the game because their small people in their mind are their best players. I don’t have a problem with them trying to play their best players because that’s what we’re trying to do. So, to have two or three guys that can play different players bodes well for us. We put different guys on (Caron) Butler, we put different guys on (Chauncey) Billups, we put different guys on Chris Paul and the different looks. Great players get comfortable with looks and the type of defense that’s been played on them, and there’s change. That’s a part of creating some type of discomfort in what they are doing.”

Tony Allen

On the starters playing in the last half:

“He [Lionel Hollins] sees things that we don’t see. Obviously, he’s the coach, and he’s made a good season doing that. I thought that the guys today were ambitious and just came out here wanting to win.”

On heading to Los Angeles:

“Obviously our fans are much louder, but we know we have to go out there with a sense of urgency. We have to play hard, play together, block out the crowd and stick with each other to try to get the win. But today was great Grizz basketball.”

On Tayshaun Prince:

“He stayed with the positive energy and never got down. After practice and getting shots up, he’s still cheering for his teammates. When you have positive energy like that, it’ll come back around. The basketballs always come back to talk to you.”

On bringing momentum to Los Angeles:

“I’ve said it since day one: take it one game at a time. We took care of business, came in here and got two games. Now our focus is on Game 5. We’re going back to the drawing board tomorrow at practice and see what we can do better and just try to build from that.”

Quincy Pondexter

On guarding Chris Paul:

“He’s such a terrific player. I was just trying to be there and contest his shots. Most people are scared to pick him up full-court, but I just wanted to get out there and frustrate him as much as I could.”

On winning Game 4:

“We couldn’t have done it without the fans. The Grindhouse was amazing tonight. We came together collectively and really did what it was supposed to take to win the game.”

On Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph:

“They’re two of the best bigs in the league, in my opinion. They complement each other so well. I think Marc is the best center in the league and Zach is up there as one of the best power forwards. When you have those two guys really leading from both ends of the floor it helps you get wins.”