After being embarrassed by Stephen Curry last Tuesday, Los Angeles Clippers Star Point Guard Chris Paul played at a high level on the court in the win against the Portland Trail Blazers 126-122 according to NBA.com. Paul finished with 41 points, 17 assists and one turnover.
Paul throughout the season has been putting up season high numbers without the presence of Blake Griffin. He’s averaging 19.2 points, 10.2 assists and 2.4 turnovers. He leads the league in assists and the Clippers are currently 5th in the western conference. His consistent play, Griffin coming back and the supporting cast doing their jobs can elevate the team to championship contenders.
The momentum of the game changed when Center Chris Kaman from the Blazers shoved Paul to the ground. The refs separated both groups and stopped it. Kaman was given a flagrant foul and from that point on the Clippers outscored the Blazers 45-30. Head Coach Doc Rivers said it gave them a boost in energy for Paul and the team.
CP already had it going before that to be honest, but that just brought more energy into the game,” Rivers said. “When you’re lacking energy or just looking for anything, little plays like that can help you – or they can do you in, too. You never know how that’s going to go. I was happy with how we responded to it.
The Clippers have a few games left in the season. Coming into the season they were expected to be favorites out of the west, but didn’t live up to expectations. If the Clippers continue to play well heading into the playoffs, they have a chance to beat any team in the west due to their high power offense and well balanced supporting cast.