The academy should consider Chris Paul for best director for next year’s oscars.
The Clippers point guard had just seven points, but led the team with 13 assists en route to a blowout victory of the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday night. Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 24 points and the Clippers shot over 50% from the field and from three in Los Angeles.
Tonight’s game showed two different teams in completely different mindsets. The Clippers, with hopes of title aspirations in the postseason, and the Bobcats, whose season is virtually over and are playing to continue developing their young pieces.
The Bobcats were down by nine at halftime, but the Clippers busted the game open with a 37-19 run over the next quarter and a half.
Paul orchestrated the Clippers lethal offensive attack, showing again why he should be considered one of the frontrunners to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award. While not looking for his shot much, Paul managed to have the biggest impact on the floor, and demonstrated his irreplaceable leadership ability.
Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 24 points on 12-19 shooting. Kemba Walker didn’t have one of his better outings, matching up with the all-star point guard. Walker went 5-15 from the field with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. Before the game, Paul praised Walker’s competitive drive despite playing on a team that’s losing most of its games.
Byron Mullens, who shaved off the beard he donned during his hot streak, had 13 points and eight rebounds. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went scoreless in 21 minutes with just two rebounds. Trade deadline acquisition Josh McRoberts scored 10 points off the bench in garbage minutes.
Ben Gordon received his second DNP in the past three games, which will continue to add more fuel to the belief that Gordon is in Dunlap’s doghouse and likely could be on a different team next season.
Another tough night for the Bobcats, who’ve now lost five of their last six by double digits. There’s not a whole lot you can say after these types of losses that hasn’t been beaten into the ground previously. A lot of the focus is starting to go into next season, which explains why Dunlap is putting over playing the younger players a lot more in press conferences. Though frankly, the younger players really haven’t been in jeopardy of playing time this season aside from Jeff Taylor.
The Bobcats will get a few days off, and head to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz.