There were just two games in the NBA playoffs last night, one was great, the other wasn't as close as it looked. The Spurs continued their domination of Utah, finishing off the Jazz in four games. In Los Angeles, the Clippers took a 3-1 lead over the Grizzlies.
San Antonio 87 - Utah 81
It was business as usual for the business-like Spurs, finishing off the four game sweep in Utah over the Jazz. The six point win was the closest game of the series, but it really wasn't that close. Utah had a late rally to give their fans a little hope, but Manu Ginobili put the nail in the coffin with about 19 seconds left. Ginobili led the Spurs with 17 points. San Antonio now waits to see who will win the series between the Clippers and Grizzlies.
Los Angeles Clippers 101 - Memphis 97 (OT)
The Clippers and Grizzlies played another great game in what has been the most entertaining series in the first round. This game had a ton of highlight plays, but if the Clippers could shoot free throws they'd be winning these games much more easily. Their three wins have been by one, one, and four points.
One thing in particular stood out in this game, and that was that Blake Griffin needs to stop flopping, something Chris Webber mentioned during the broadcast. Girffin is one of the stronger guys on the court, but maybe a season of getting hard fouls has started getting to him. Every single time Griffin gets fouled, he acts if he's just been hit by sniper fire. Blake, when you get fouled, the refs are going to see it, you don't need to throw your head back, scream and grab your face like a bad guy in some terrible action movie. You're too good for that, and if you keep doing it, it's going to have a Chicken Little effect.
Article by Eric Gray