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Monday NBA grades: Chris Paul is the Point God

May 6, 2014, 2:32 AM EDT

Chris Paul, Kevin Durant Chris Paul, Kevin Durant

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source:  Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers. Just a reminder he is the best point guard in the game. Bar none. Most of the time he shows that as the ultimate floor general — he sets up the mismatches, controls the tempo and gets his guys the ball where they need it. He’s the conductor, the maestro. But on Monday night the mismatches favored Paul when Oklahoma City switched their big men on to him off the pick and roll, then had them play a step off to prevent drives. So he rained threes down over them (5 of his 8 made threes came over Thunder bigs). He set the tone with 17 first quarter points (the Clippers had 39), the Clippers led by 14 after one and the Thunder never got closer. CP3 isn’t going to shoot like that in Game 2, but he can pick apart the Thunder in other ways and OKC fans should be concerned.

source:  Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards. His game is just so mature for someone his age and it showed for the Wizards in their Game 1 win — 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals and he had a fantastic defensive game. Beal had 14 of those points in the fourth quarter to shut down any Pacers hope of a comeback. He wasn’t alone in this one — John Wall (13 points, 9 assists), Trevor Ariza 22 points, Marcin Gortat (13 points, 15 rebounds) all played well, among others — but it was Beal hitting the big shots late.

source:   First Round of the Playoffs. After two blowouts on one night to open the second round, it makes you appreciate just how incredible the first round was. All those close games. All those even series (which we may still have here).  I’m going to miss it. Basketball gods, we all need some thrillers again soon, you can’t just expect us to quit cold turkey.

  1. phx1311 - May 6, 2014 at 3:48 AM

    A+ R. Hibbert: The first all star to have two 0pts 0reb games in the playoffs.

    • bhunter1995 - May 6, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      At least ESPN will stop hailing him as a top 3 center, when he doesn’t even crack the top ten when you break it down and look at the other centers in the league, and hey maybe Big Al will get an allstar appearance next year when he is having another 20-10 season.

  2. saint1997 - May 6, 2014 at 6:09 AM

    Even though they were blowouts – I still call these good second round starters. Both away teams got up!

  3. jacobk621 - May 6, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Up up and away my beautiful my beautiful balloon ,,,,,, !!!!

  4. fanofthegame79 - May 6, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Point god….that’s how people in Boston say point guard all the time!

  5. packergator - May 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    A commentator pointed out on TNT last night that perhaps the higher seeds were feeling the pressure to win in the first round and that’s why the series went so long. Now that we’re into the second round, a team like the Clippers – which had more pressure and distractions than anyone last week – can relax and just play good basketball.

    It also helps when Chris Paul shoots over 50% from the field and well over 50% from three.

  6. spillz121 - May 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    I respect CP3′ s game, but I don’t know how he’s better than Tony Parker, who I believe is the best pg in the game. Still, great game for CP3.

    • paleihe - May 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      Defense. Chris Paul is a rock solid defender, whereas Parker isn’t.

      • jattsoorma - May 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        he defended westbrook great last night right?

      • paleihe - May 6, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        Here you go, genius.

        Chris Paul
        All NBA First Team – 2009, 2012, 2013
        All NBA Second Team – 2008, 2011

      • paleihe - May 6, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        Well, those are All NBA Defensive teams, not all NBA team. Forgot to mention that.

      • pinhead2 - May 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Nobody on a Popovich team is a slouch on defense. Parker is more of a score-first player whereas CP3 is a much better distributor, some would call that true point guard. Different games in many ways and their coaches look to them to run their teams in different ways.

    • ranfan12 - May 6, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      he’s doing what tony parker does, but better

  7. ranfan12 - May 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    The Point God making a believer out of OKC

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