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Clippers should get Chris Paul back on court Sunday

Feb 6, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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The Clippers have gone 11-6 since Chris Paul went out Jan. 3 with a separated shoulder. It’s been an impressive run, with Blake Griffin stepping up and showing off a more well-rounded game. In those 17 games the Clippers have averaged 111.7 points per 100 possessions, best in the NBA.

It makes you wonder how good they can be, if they can build on this run, when they get the best point guard in the game back.

We should find out this weekend, reports Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Chris Paul has averaged 19.6 points and 11.2 assists a game this season.

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The Clippers could use him at the end of games, particularly on defense — the Miami Heat intentionally forced backup point guard Darren Collison to switch on to LeBron James late in Wednesday night’s game and LeBron exploited that matchup (the Heat won, 116—112). More than that, Paul is simply the best floor general in the game today.

  1. smoothaswilkes - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    “The Clippers could use him at the end of games, particularly on defense — the Miami Heat intentionally forced backup point guard Darren Collison to switch on to LeBron James late in Wednesday night’s game and LeBron exploited that matchup (the Heat won, 116—112).”

    Kurt – are you trying to say that Paul stops James in that situation? I’m sure the Clippers can use Paul at the end of games, but there are better examples than Paul putting a hypothetical stop James.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Darren Collison is a traffic cone to dribble around on defense, teams have gone at and exploited him all season (why do you think he was available this summer). Paul doesn’t stop James, nobody does, but he’s better than Collison by a mile.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      He’s certainly a better shot at it than Darren Collison

  2. losanginsight - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Hopefully lil Chris has learned his lesson that flopping can be dangerous.

  3. onlyavoice - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    The Clips actually played better without Paul.
    I wonder if he realizes this while he was sitting on the bench wearing his
    fake plastic glasses watching his team.

    CP3 will never lead a team to an NBA finals or a championship.

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