Los Angeles Clippers: Keys to Game 5 Victory

4/29/13 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

After taking a 2 - 0 series lead, the Clippers then travelled to Memphis, looking to steal a game and come home Tuesday night with a chance to close the series in front of their home crowd. Now that the Grizzlies have held home-court, the Clippers arrive at Staples Center in a must-win situation. 

The Clippers doudnl't rebound, they couldn't defend and they were downright rattled in crucial moments of the game. Chris Paul had 5 turnovers in Game 3 alone! There were plenty of things to highlight following their disastrous trip to Memphis, however, if the Clippers can do the following, they will have put themselves in a great position to win:

January 4, 2013;  Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro talks to players point guard Eric Bledsoe (12), power forward Blake Griffin (32), point guard Chris Paul (3), and small forward Matt Barnes (22) during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Clippers won 107-102. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports1) DeAndre Jordan needs to be extremely active defensively and on the boards, because if he is sitting on the bench, the Clippers have no other defensive presence to bring on the court. Energy, athleticism, and activity. DeAndre needs to play north of 28-30 minutes.

2) Chris Paul cannot turn the ball over and he needs to score in the mid-20's.

3) Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes need to lead a potent Clipper bench attack, completely dismantle the Grizzlies lack of depth in the open floor, and build a lead for the starting unit to finish. 

4) Don't let Zach Randolph get going early. Blake Griffin had done a tremendous job of neutralizing Z-Bo through the first two games, however, he was completely lit up in Memphis. In order to turn this series into the Clippers favor, that matchup needs to be won by Blake. 

The Clippers and Grizzlies are both looking to get to the second round not only because they want to achieve team success, but because they really believe that the weakened Oklahoma City Thunder are now vulnerable and a trip to the Conference Finals can be in the cards for this seres winner. The Clipper depth and athleticism are two areas they pride themselves on - their athletic ability has thus far not been on display. Game 5 needs some scenery change. 
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