Grizzlies Claw Hornets
Chris Paul was held scoreless for the first time in his six year career Sunday night in Memphis. The Grizzlies dominated the Hornets in the paint, and everywhere else on the court, beating New Orleans by the score of 111-89. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.
Mike Conley, who guarded Paul most of the night, also was unaware it was the first time the Hornets guard failed to score in his six-year career.
“Not a lot of people can do it,” Conley said of shutting down Paul. “When I was in there, my job was to make it tough on him and not let him get in the paint, create too many plays or get too many shots up.”
Both teams have clinched playoff spots and are now jockeying for position. The victory pulled Memphis even with the Hornets for the seventh spot. The teams split the season series 2-2, but the Hornets own the second tiebreaker with a better record in the Southwest Division.
The Hornets are now a game behind Portland for the six spot, but share the same record with Memphis in the 7 spot. The Griz play in Portland Tuesday night. Hornet fans need to hope Memphis continues to play as hot as they have been, and take out the Trail Blazers. If New Orleans can win tonight against the Jazz, and Wednesday against the Mavs, there is a possible three way tie scenario. New Orleans owns potential tie breakers over both teams.