The Memphis Grizzlies failed to repeat their first-round heroics of last year, coming up short in the elimination game against the Clippers at the FedEx Forum Sunday.
In the end it was the Clippers’ bench which powered the visitors through to their second-round matchup with the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Swingmang Nick Young, sophomore Eric Bledsoe, point guard Mo Williams and forward Kenyon Martin combined to score 41 of the Clippers’ 92 points, outscoring the Memphis bench by 30. Martin and reserve big man Reggie Evans collected a combined 19 rebounds, helping Los Angeles to a narrow 46-44 edge in that category.
For Memphis, their season over early after that unforgettable Game 1 collapse and numerous missed opportunities in close games like 3 and 4, the discussions start now.