The Grizzlies' locker room struggled with a stomach bug earlier this week, having to send five players home early from Toronto because of illness. It looked as though most of the team had recovered by Friday, though, as
The Clippers, who are on their third game of a seven-game road trip, have been playing exceedingly well away from their home court. They had lopsided victories over the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat, outdoing their opponents a combined 82-58 in the paint over those two games.
In fact, in the Clippers' four road games so far this season, they've been better in nearly every statistical category than in their home games.
They are averaging 111.5 points on the road, 98.9 at home. They are shooting 51% from the field on the road, 45.2% at home. From beyond the three-point line, they are shooting 43.3% on the road and 33.5% at home. They are making 78.8% of their free throws on the road, while making 73.7% at home. They are averaging 26.5 assists on the road, while averaging 22.1 at home. They are averaging eight steals on the road, while averaging 6.7 at home.
The Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies are known for playing extremely physical, intense basketball when they meet. They've recently played twice in the postseason, the Clippers winning Game 7 of a first-round playoff series against Memphis in 2012 before returning the next year and being eliminated in the first round during a Game 6 blowout.