The Clippers are a team built on running...
They pick their opponents apart by getting out in transition, scoring quick and often...
But in Thursday's loss, the Grizzlies were able to slow them down doing what they do best- crashing the boards.
"It's hard to run when you don't have the ball and it's hard to play with any type of tempo when you don't have the ball, so rebounding, we turned the ball over too much because of that and that's what going to happen," said Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro.
While the Grizzlies shot just 39 percent, they had 17 offensive rebounds, and 22 second chance points.
"It's tough to run when you have to take the ball out every time, you know they were making shots- they didn't shoot a great percentage, but they were going back to get it," said Clippers guard Chauncey Billups.
Another telling statistic that slowed down the NBA's 4th most efficient offense- 18 total team turnovers, including key giveaways from the usually sure handed Chris Paul.
"I think they scored 17 points off our turnovers, and whenever you don't get shots at the basket, especially against a defense like that, that kills you, so we can't shoot ourselves in the foot," said Clippers guard Jamal Crawford.
"It was uncharacteristic of us, you know what I mean, especially me, you know, I had five turnovers tonight, and our turnovers led to 17 of their points," said Clippers point guard Chris Paul.
But the Clippers are set on being ready to get back to their fast paced style come game 4 on Saturday.
"We just gotta focus on defense being a little sharper, get some stops and then get out and go," Billups added.
"They gonna play it the same way, they gonna come out ready to fight, but it'll be interesting to see how game 4 goes and see if we can play a little bit better," Paul added.