Apr 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Quincy Pondexter (20), small forward Tayshaun Prince (21), power forward Zach Randolph (50), shooting guard Tony Allen (9) along with Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford (11), point guard Chris Paul (3) and center Ronny Turiaf (21) go for a rebound in the second half of the game in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center. Grizzlies won 103-93. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
November 23rd vs. Memphis Grizzlies
2013-14 Season Series: LAC 1 – 2 MEM
If you put the Western Conference teams on a dart board sans the Clippers, there’s a chance that wherever the dart lands, that team may be a rival of the Clippers in some way. Here, the definition of rival is set.
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Last year, things took a step back–Chris Paul’s and Marc Gasol’s injury didn’t help and the momentum from the last few seasons failed to carry over into the postseason as the two teams failed to meet each other in the playoffs for the first time in two seasons–both teams fell at the hands of Oklahoma City.
But that won’t stop these two teams–and fanbases–from disliking each other. In a poll held on Reddit showcasing the most disliked NBA teams by state, the Clippers appeared in three Southern states, Tennessee included, and the only logical reasoning being so is because of the Grizzlies fan base. Whether you want to agree or not, this rivalry is real and won’t be going away soon.
As always, you’ve Zach Randolph vs. Blake Griffin and Tony Allen vs. Chris Paul. That alone draws the attention of many. Heck, if you threw those four out in a two-on-two tournament, it’d create ratings because we love to see teams want to rip each others heads off.
This one needs no further discussion.