All Guts, No Glory for Clippers

All Guts, No Glory for Clippers

The Clippers were long on guts Friday. The glory part was a different story.

Blake Griffin dragged himself up and down the court with an aching left knee and Chris Paul played through a right groin strain that locked him in second gear all night.

It was a gutty effort to say the least, the two Clippers superstars willing their wounded bodies into action in as close to a must-win situation as you'll see.

If only the final result reflected the courage.

But lacking the very components that pulled the Clippers into the playoffs for the first time in six years, L.A. fell 90-88 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday in Game 6 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

It was impossible not to recognize the opportunity the Clippers let slip through their hands.

But it was equally impossible to not understand the cards were stacked so high against them a victory likely was as improbable as it would have been inspiring.

Robbing Griffin of his explosion is like ripping an engine from a car.

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