The good news about the great ones in basketball is that they have a short-term memory. They’re always living in the today, and looking ahead to new challenges.
Chris Paul rebounded from a night of Twitter ridicule due to a Steph Curry crossover to a night of acclaim on account of 41 points, 17 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, and only one turnover against the Portland Trailblazers.
Having to lead and will a team to victory as Chris Paul often does is compounded by having to guard the some of the top point guards in the league, night in and night out, and yet Paul continues to fill the stat sheets with points and assists and his teammates’ heads with belief.
The effects of the second game of a back-to-back played into a sluggish start by the Clippers, however, which led to Los Angeles being down by as much as 19 points before they made headway in the third and eventually took the lead in the fourth quarter.
An unnecessary shove of Chris Paul by Chris Kaman led to a whole lot of chest puffing, jowling, one Big Baby flopping, and it may have added additional fuel to an already lit fire. This kerfuffle sets us up nicely for the playoffs as these two teams are on a collision course.
“It didn’t hurt, but CP already had it going before that, to be honest. That just brought more energy into the game. When you’re lacking energy, you’re 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 how we responded after that.”
The Blazers and the Clippers are currently vying for homecourt advantage given that they’re currently 4th and 5th place respectively in the Western Conference standings.
“If we play those guys 1st round, it’ll be a hell of a series.” – @CP3
LeBron James, impressed by Chris Paul’s effective output on the night, gave CP3 a shout-out on Instagram,
Man my brother @cp3 did work last night and I happen to watch the whole game!! Sometimes u just need to remind em, cause they act like they don’t know what’s up. #Work#Fam#StriveForGreatness
Basketball is beautiful because it allows us to see creativity executed in physical forms at the highest level of elite athleticism.
Devastating crossovers are the summation of wit and velocity combined with a beautiful display of control. They make us ooh and aah when we’re not invested in the unfortunate soul getting crossed over, and they make us gasp with appreciation and horror when it happens to one of our own.
Last night, one megastar on the rise, Steph Curry, pulled off a wicked behind-the-back crossover that put another megastar, Chris Paul, on skates.
The result was as impressive as it was humbling, and at the point of losing one’s balance, there is no return, not even for an NBA demigod.
As someone who absolutely loves the art of the sport, I thoroughly marveled at what happened, and hurt deeply for Chris Paul. Steph Curry has become extremely lethal due to his combination of precision shooting and precision dribbling. The fact that he drained the bucket after the crossover completed a beautiful display of basketball at its highest form.
If you search Chris Paul’s name on Twitter, or if you check your Facebook feed today, you’ll probably see the abundance of memes that were immediately created to commemorate a tragic day in Chris Paul’s life. The good news is that Chris Paul owned it and even shared his favorite, after all if anyone can appreciate the beauty that is point guard play, it’s CP3—one of the greatest we’ve ever seen.
Nice move, Chef Curry. I can’t wait for a potential match-up between these two teams that so thoroughly despise each other, and a point-guard match-up for the ages.