May 12, 2012 |
In what could have been a close-out game for the Clippers, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul spent much of the fourth quarter in an unusual position. They were on the bench. Griffin sat for nearly the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter, nursing his sprained left knee. Paul was out for the first five minutes, resting his strained right hip. They watched helplessly as Memphis erased the team's eight-point lead. Paul reentered the game with 6:37 remaining when the Clippers' advantage had fallen to one point, 76-75.
May 16, 2012 |
SAN ANTONIO — There was an interesting tweet from Magic Johnson on Wednesday, the Hall of Fame guard saying what so many in Clippers Nation want to believe and what the Clippers themselves firmly contend. "The Clippers can win this series, but they are going to need both @blakegriffin & @CP3 to play not good, but great. " And therein lies the problem for the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs. It is impossible to know whether Blake Griffin and Chris Paul can deliver, as they have all season, because of their injuries.
July 1, 2013 |
To hardly anyone's surprise, All-Star point guard Chris Paul told the basketball world on Monday that he was going to re-sign with the Clippers. He went on his @CP3 Twitter account early Monday to announce his return, saying, "I'm IN!!!#CLIPPERSNATION. " Leon Rose, Paul's agent, confirmed that his client had verbally agreed to a new contract with the Clippers for five years and $107.3 million, the maximum the team could offer. Paul, 28, has an opt-out clause after the fourth season.
February 26, 2013 |
I'm going to gush here, the local columnist going homer on you again as I do so often. Obviously I won't be writing about the Lakers. Instead this is going to be an ode to a great friendship, and how two incredible players would rather praise each other than talk about themselves. So no way this could have anything to do with the Lakers. But as inviting, competitive and cool as I've been telling everyone that I find Chris Paul, I just spent time with his twin, Chauncey Billups.
April 24, 2013 |
Chris Paul had just finished an amazing performance. In Game 2 of the Clippers first-round playoff series against Memphis, the point guard made a four-foot buzzer-beating bank shot with one-tenth of a second remaining in the game to give his team a 93-91 win. In the locker room afterward, Paul's teammates apparently wanted to ensure that his 3-year-old son follows in his footsteps. Grant Hill, a seven-time All-Star, gave Paul's son, Little Chris, a dunking lesson. Hill stuck out his arms and pretended to be a hoop.
November 15, 2012 |
After the Clippers beat Miami on Wednesday, LeBron James sat by his locker praising Chris Paul. "He's always aware, he knows the tempo of the game, knows the score. He's always aware of when he needs to pick his points, you know, pick his shots or get into attack and make things happen. "That's why I've always felt that he's the best point guard in the NBA. " Paul had 16 points and 10 assists in the Clippers' 107-100 win over the defending champions. He opened the game up for his team, turning a 54-52 halftime lead into a double-digit advantage heading into the fourth quarter after he scored 13 points in the final three minutes and 22 seconds of the third quarter.
January 27, 2012 |
Sidelined with a strained left hamstring for five games this month, Chris Paul had plenty of time to observe the Clippers from their bench and perhaps see a new side of his team. What did the star guard's observations yield? Not much. "Just how bad I wanted to get back out there," Paul said Thursday after the team's 98-91 win against Memphis. Since returning, he's played in two games and said his hamstring "feels great. " Paul, who had 18 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in 35 minutes against Memphis, also said he's working with the trainers to tend to that hamstring properly.
October 31, 2013 |
So this is how the Clippers responded to an unexpected season-opening loss. The Clippers opened a big lead, withstood a rally by the Golden State Warriors and showed some resolve in pulling out a 126-115 victory Thursday night. Chris Paul was the main one who played as if he didn't want to start the season 0-2. Paul had 42 points and 15 assists, winding up one point shy of his career high. But it wasn't as if Paul didn't have help, as four of his teammates scored in double figures as the Clippers won their home opener and gave Doc Rivers his first victory as coach.
March 18, 2012 |
It was "winning time," Chris Paul told his teammates. And that meant it was time for Paul to shine again, to be the force again, to push the Clippers to victory again. This time, Paul worked his magic in overtime, scoring nine points in the period to lift the Clippers over the Detroit Pistons, 87-83, Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. He finished with 19 points on eight-for-14 shooting, 15 assists and nine rebounds. "Just being around this league for a while, at some point it's just winning time," Paul said.
October 11, 2013 |
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan went on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Thursday. Paul said that he knew all summer long that he would re-sign with the Clippers. "Of course, yeah," Paul said. Paul also discussed his love for the television show "Scandal. " "I had to check the time of the show tonight, just to make sure I wouldn't miss it," Paul said. "We can't be here too long because I definitely have to get home and watch 'Scandal.'" Griffin revealed that when Doc Rivers was hired as the new Clippers coach, Rivers personally called him and left him a voicemail.