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GAME 7 PROVES UNLUCKY FOR GRIZZLIES IN 2012

By William Larsha, Jr.,

Sports Reporter and Columnist

for

The Mid-South Tribune

and the Black Information Highway

MEMPHIS, TN - they say seven is a lucky number. Especially if you have home court advantage in the final game of an NBA playoff series. Not so for the Memphis Grizzlies. The team had gone through a tough six games with the Los Angeles clippers as many predicted at the start of the series. They overcame the devastating game one loss where they blew a 21 point fourth quarter lead at home. They would eventually go down 3-1 to the Clippers which at that point, many thought that the series was over. However, the Grizzlies fought back to tie the series at 3-3 with the deciding game 7 to be played at home at FedEx Forum.

Surely, luck would be on their side. Unfortunately, basketball involves more than just luck in an early noon start on Mother's Day Sunday, game seven started for the Grizzlies much like it ended. Flat. Early poor shooting lead to only an 11 point first quarter. It did not get much better as the team shot only 33% for the game, with no 3 pointers leading to an 82-72 loss.

 

Despite not playing well though, the Grizzlies still had a chance to win the game as they only trailed by six, 75-69 with just under two and a half minutes left in the game. But with three straight chances to cut into the Clippers lead, the Grizzlies either tuned the ball over or missed shots. In fact, they did not score in the last 3:09 of the game. Summing up the team's frustration, guard O.J. Mayo said, Its not what you wanted. It's not what you expected. But the results are the results. You've got to go into the off-season very motivated. You're only as good as your last game, which pretty much sucked. You've got to go out and get better." 

 

In the coming off season, the Grizzlies will attempt to do just that. Coach Lionel Hollins stated that we have to address our issues. Our young core has to get better. The team will begin this process by rolling the dice in the upcoming June draft where the hope to get a player that can help take them to the next level. Maybe there, they will roll a lucky 7.

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