Published April 21, 2013
LOS ANGELES – Blake Griffin is willing to sacrifice his team-leading offense if it means containing Zach Randolph in the playoffs.
Griffin had 10 points and five rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers' 112-91 victory in Game 1, less than his regular-season averages of 18.0 points and 8.3 rebounds. That's because he was busy wrestling with the Memphis Grizzlies power forward, who like Griffin, played in foul trouble most of the game.
Griffin fouled out late, while Randolph finished with five fouls. He had 13 points and four rebounds — far fewer than his 11.2 average that ranked fourth in the league this season.
The Clippers got contributions from just about everyone in Game 1, with seven players scoring in double figures.
Randolph and center Marc Gasol combined for six rebounds, surprising since the Grizzlies were one of the league's top rebounding teams.