Unlike previous losses in this series, the Memphis Grizzlies are trying to go inside to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. That’s the formula that worked in Games 5 and 6, after all.
However, the Clippers seem way more prepared to guard the Grizzlies’ big men. Blake Griffin, not known as much of a defender, is guarding Marc Gasol extremely well, blocking one shot and contesting another. DeAndre Jordan has also played much better position defense on Zach Randolph, preventing him from getting good looks.
You don’t often see this Clippers frontcourt guard their men like this. If they did it more often, maybe the Clippers wouldn’t be in this situation in the first place.