The stunned and battered Memphis Grizzlies had legitimate hopes of going farther in the NBA playoffs than a year ago when they fell to Oklahoma City in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals is a distant memory.

Now with their egos bruised they’re just focused on avoiding being eliminated in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Memphis hosts the Clippers Wednesday night still trying to figure out how to stop Chris Paul.

– Reported by the Associated Press