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Apr 27, 2012

Grizzlies vs Clippers Preview: SF

The next matchup shall be Caron Butler and Rudy Gay. Butler went from being a mountain dew junkie to an NBA Champion with Dallas last season. Rudy Gay went down last February with a season ending shoulder injury that required surgery. Now they're screaming, "Rudy's BACK!" However, Sunday's match at home against LAC will be his first playoff game ever. Expect big things from Flight22.

Rudy Gay

Clutch: These end-of-game-heroics never get old, neither does the commentary. In 2011-12, in the regular season, in the 4th quarter or overtime, 2:00 or less left in quarter, scoring margin between -5 and 5 points: Gay has shot 19/34 FG = .559%

Caron Butler

Clutch: In 2011-12, in the regular season, in the 4th quarter or overtime, 2:00 or less left in quarter, scoring margin between -5 and 5 points: Butler has shot 4/21 FG = .190% That is some vintage 2009 video of Caron Butler but Rudy's was from 2010 so no big deal. They both can light it up when called upon. At this point though Caron Butler is more of a vet, whereas Rudy Gay is the leading scorer of the Grizzlies and ranks 17th in the NBA regular season of 2011-2012 with exactly 19.0 PPG. Butler is actually the 4th scorer on his team, counting Chauncy Billups and Mo Williams as 1 scorer.

The UCONN connection gets exposed here. Rudy is a bit longer and aerial compared to Butler, and grabs a lot more rebounds, thefts, and blocks. Butler shoots a bit better from long-range though. It'll be up to our other wings to control all that long-ball assault coming from the Clippers, and that's what we got Tony Allen and company for. Rudy is going to log crazy minutes and do some serious damage in this series or we're in big trouble. Butler hopefully is just a lesser known character. We should see him struggle in the Grindhouse.
Go Grizz!

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