Down 2-0 in the series going into game three apparently didn't sit well with Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph.
After being relatively quiet in the first two games, ZBo returned to beast mode Thursday night, putting in a playoff high 27 points and grabbing 11 boards in the 94-82 win.
"Definitely wanted to come out and be aggressive. They double and triple teamed me, so I just wanted to go fast, hit a couple of jump shots, most definitely wanted to come out and be aggressive," said Randolph after the game.
Grizzlies guard Mike Conley added, "He put the numbers that matter up now. Shows everybody that he's still got it, that he's still a threat. If we can continue to get him the ball, you see the outcome is a lot better for us."
So what was the difference??
Coach Lionel Hollins says the lane was a lot more open for players this go-round with the Clipps, and it certainly didn't hurt Randolph not only stayed out of foul trouble, but actually got to the line, hitting 9-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin said after Thursday's game 3, "Just something we have to do a better job of is not fouling. Make him go over the top and finish. But he came out aggressive and that's what they needed."
Chris Paul added, "The first half, Zbo had more free thows than our entire team. That shows how aggressive they were. Then in the fourth, they were in the bonus, so every time we fouled, they were at the free throw line. They won the rebounding battle, the free throw battle and the turnover battle. Most of the time when that happens, you're not gonna win."
In order to hold serve on their home court in game 4, the strategy is the same as game three...
(Randolph) "Take this next game, like it's our last. Not look forward at the games in front of us. It's important. We want to hold home court here, win, and go there and win a game."