Memphis Grizzlies Los Angeles clippers rivalry

Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles clippers rivalry

Part 2 of Memphis Grizzlies Rivalries.
Being a passionate sports fan includes at least two vital things.
One- a sports fan has to be endlessly loyal to their team even when they have no reason to be.
Two- a sports fan must passionately honor the rivalry their teams has with their most hated opponent.
While some have simmered over time as others have blossomed, tension on the court has always been a huge part of the NBA. Basketball players have been known to chirp more and boost their physicality when their rivals are in town. Plus, it isn’t like throwing fists or real hard elbows is
unheard of in the NBA.

Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers
Despite being one of the youngest squads in the NBA, the Grizzlies are rivals with the Los Angeles Clippers. LA Clippers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Clippers compete in the NBA as a member of the Pacific Division in the league’s Western Division. The Clippers play their home games at the Staples Center, an arena they share with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA’s) and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey Leagues (NHL).
Memphis Grizzlies Los Angeles clippers rivalry history

This rivalry started since the 2011-12 season, when the Clippers eliminated the Grizzlies in seven games in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs and in 2012 the Grizzlies beat the Clipper in six games. There have also been violent scuffles between the players, mainly between the Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph and the Clippers Blake Griffin. The Grizzlies are also the first team to draw an ejection on Clippers guard Chris Paul after he elbowed Marc Gasol in the ribs in the closing minutes of Game 6. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan when asked about the rivalry with LA Lakers stated, “I don’t think it’ll ever be a rivalry. The media want it to be though. I would say Memphis more than the Lakers. I hate every other NBA team in the league. If anybody is our rival, I’d say Memphis.”
Although the two teams never met in the 2014 playoffs, they still engaged in close, heated matchups. In a Grizzlies home game against the Clippers, the crowd was given flip-flop sandals designating Clippers as “floppers”.
Watching these two play, fans watched out for certain things:
Chris Paul doing Chris Paul things
For at least five minutes in the game, the Grizzlies’ defense making him look like Cliff Paul (look up Cliff Paul)
DeAndre dunking on the entire area code
The Grizzlies slowing down the game, despite the Clippers trying to run
Joey Crawford doing Joey Crawford things
Doc outcoaching Davey
And probably the best thing – the inevitable brawl between Zach Randolph and Blake Griffin.
The two teams couldn’t be more opposite in styles of play. Their rivalry is a fueling, blood-bath ensuing match specially made in heaven for NBA fans. The rivalry between Clippers and Grizzlies is probably one of NBA’s most celebrated rivalry.

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