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Video: Chris Paul hesitates, crosses, spins, then nails dagger for Clippers

Nov 20, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

The Spurs are too good to make things easy on the Clippers — we all expected this one to go down to the wire and we got just that.

Up two with 30 seconds to go in the game Chris Paul had Tony Parker up on him and drove, used a hesitation move to create space, crosses over, keeps driving, then in the pain spins, absorbs the contact from Parker trying to draw the foul (there wasn’t one) then hit the shot that sealed the Clippers win.

Right now, the Clippers look legitimate. The questions are can they do this over time, can they play like this when it matters in April and May, can D’Andre Jordan keep this up? But right now, they are every kind of legitimate. Just ask the Spurs. Or the Grizzlies. Or the Lakers. Or the Heat.

  1. sellahh - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Parker should get an Oscar.

    • trueballs - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      He actually did a decent job of staying in front of him. I don’t think he flopped, but it definitely was a good no-call. If his feet were planted it could’ve gone the other way.

  2. staff2cj - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Gotta give credit to the refs for letting them play. I’ve bashed them before because of calls they’ve made. Kudos to them!

  3. watermelon1 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    While I think the spin move where Parker fell down was completely fine… the push before has to be called. As a ball handler… you shouldn’t be allowed to push a defender with your off hand. It’s hard enough to play good defense with the rule these days.

    But hey, I don’t like the Spurs or Parker so I’ll live with the result. They deserve whatever calls go against them for all the years they got every call and non-call to go their way. And for every single play I had to hear Popovich and Duncan crying until they got a whistle.

  4. raidmagic - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    There wasn’t a charge on the play but Paul sure pushed off on the drive.

  5. pacific123ocean - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Great move! A dagger? That is the most overused word in sports…please be creative enough to find another word.

    • thesixersbench - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Someone call the…

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