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2013 NBA playoffs: Blake Griffin says Zach Randolph doesn’t frustrate him

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph spend most of the time under the rim as if they were in a wrestling match for the heavyweight title, and it is enjoyable to watch. Their battles for position are heated, thunderous and a test of strength.

1 FREE Audiobook RISK-FREE from AudibleAccording to ESPN’s Arash Markaszi, Griffin says that his and Randolph’s physicality on the court does not throw him off his game.

Both players’ style of play complement each in a way that calls for a physical game. The 24-year-old Clippers forward is arguably the most athletic power forward in the NBA and refuses to be intimidated by anyone. Randolph looks to bully any man that tries to get near the paint in a manner that can either leave them disheartened, annoyed or, in Griffin’s case, fully engaged.

“That’s his whole M.O. It’s to frustrate guys,” Griffin said. “He does his thing under the basket and plays a physical game, but I like playing physical too, so we’ll see.”   

The two forwards met each other on Saturday, April 20 in Game 1 of the Clippers-Grizzlies best-of-seven series. This is the second year in a row that two teams face each other in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Last year, Griffin and the 31-year-old Grizzlies player set the tone of the series with their confrontations, trash talk and technical fouls and the 2012-13 regular season was not any different. Though Griffin says he has nerves of steel when it comes to Randolph, that will be inevitably tested in the weeks to come.

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Eldrick Bone

Eldrick Bone was born and raised in Los Angeles and has devoted his professional life to revolve around sports. A journalism graduate of California State University, Northridge, Eldrick served as a sports writer, reporter and anchor for the school’s broadcast news program, Valley View News. He was previously the host of the sports radio show, In the Sports Booth on SkidRow studios.