May 11, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) slams the ball as center Marc Gasol (33) looks on in the first half of game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Grizzlies won 90-88. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Roundhouse: May 11th, 2012

On a night that saw just one game being played (a rarity for both the postseason and regular season this year), I guess it was to be expected that some weird things would come about. Case and point is this technical foul that appears to be for…high-fiving a teammate. Because of course. Guess we might as well get into it.

Memphis Grizzlies 90, Los Angeles Clippers 88: Series tied 3-3

After leading 3-1 the Clippers are dazed as they have watched memphis storm back to force a Game 7. (Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)

This was just a weird game in a weird series. It started with a game one, 27-point comeback by the Clippers and will end back in Memphis on Sunday with a climactic game seven. But game six was plenty interesting, if nothing else. The aforementioned technical foul is perhaps the most memorable moment, but with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul nursing injuries and at less than full capacity, it was up to their supporting cast to make a difference. And Eric Bledsoe, Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans answered the call and kept the Clippers in the game after it appeared that they were on the verge of being blown out on multiple occasions. Alas, Chris Paul was hobbled just enough to prevent him from working his usual fourth quarter magic, and the Grizzlies escaped with a win. Their big men were largely responsible, with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combining for 41 points and 25 rebounds. Mike Conley chipped in 13 points of his own to go along with 9 assists to hold off LA.

I personally am intrigued by the fact that the only two game sevens in the first round this year feature the two Los Angeles teams. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but still. It’s interesting. Expect both home teams to win; historically, the home team wins game seven about 80% of the time.

Saturday, May 12th:

Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics Game 1, 8 PM EDT, TNT

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers Game 7, 10:30 PM EDT, TNT

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