Clippers, Grizzlies meet for first time this season

The Clippers’ real rivalry is renewed with the team they’ve battled in the playoffs the last two seasons, with the Clippers winning in seven games in the 2012 first round and Memphis advancing in six games last season.
The Clippers might have a new coach and some new players in the mix but they’re sure any game against the Grizzlies will be a heated one.
“The new players are not naïve,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said. “They have television and watched the playoffs. We have a new team that plays a little bit different so it’s going to be interesting to see how the game goes, because it’s a big game game for us. We have been pretty good here at home and we have to keep it that way.”
The Clippers (7-3) have won four games in a row overall and are 5-0 at home. They are averaging 118.6 points at home. The Grizzlies went into Sunday giving up an average of only 97.9 points per game.
DeAndre Jordan is third in the league in rebounding at 13.2 per game and is earning his keep focusing on defense the way Coach Doc Rivers envisioned.
“He’s been terrific,” Rivers said. “I think he’s been frustrated at times that everyone hasn’t caught on like him (defensively) at times and that’s something we tell him – you just keep doing your job and everybody will follow suit. He’s had an impact in every game with his defense.”

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