MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 29: Nick Young #11 of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrates after making a three point shot against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 29, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
If you're like most human beings who watched the 2012 NBA Playoffs, you turned off Game 1 of the Grizzlies-Clippers game with Memphis up 95-71 with eight minutes left. That means you missed the Clippers storming back with an improbable 28-3 run to steal away a 99-98 win.
That also means you missed Nick Young going off to lead the Clippers to victory. We've seen it many times before, but never in a game of this significance. The former Wizards guard hit three corner three-pointers in the span of one minute to turn a 12-point deficit into a three-point deficit, which eventually led to the stunning comeback win.
We've known for a while that Young is very good at shooting from the corners, especially in transition. Young shot 48 percent on corner threes this year, compared to just 30 percent on every other kind of three-point shot. He also shot 24-51 on transition threes while with the Wizards, though he had dropped to 6-19 while with the Clippers. Point being: he can do this from time to time. It's just jarring to see it happen in the NBA Playoffs.
In other former Wizards news:
- JaVale McGee had a pretty awful debut, going 0-6 from the floor in 17 minutes in the Nuggets' 103-88 loss to the Lakers in their opener. He also made a bunch of angry faces.
- Feel really bad for Caron Butler, who will likely not play the rest of the playoffs after fracturing his hand. Given how hard he worked to get back from last year's knee injury, this is really unfortunate.
- It was great to see Gilbert Arenas back in the playoffs, but he didn't really do much, scoring just four points in 10 minutes.