Chris Paul Proving Invaluable for LA Clippers and Other Thursday NBA Takeaways

December 23rd, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

Chris Paul is valuable enough to the Los Angeles Clippers under normal circumstances, but his necessity skyrockets with Blake Griffin out of the lineup as the latter recovers from arthroscopic knee surgery.

No matter how well DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and the hordes of role players perform, this team belongs to the point guard. 

That's what made this particular moment, coming midway through the third quarter of a 106-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, so terrifying: 

Per Dan Woike of the Orange County Register, Paul's injury was officially ruled a left hamstring strain, and he was deemed questionable to return. He never did, and the Clippers couldn't sustain the nine-point lead he'd helped earn before his exit. 

Los Angeles still won, but don't expect that trend to continue. 

Paul means everything to the Clippers. His defensive intensity has helped set the tone on the perimeter, and his constant probing on offense sparks one of the league's most dangerous outfits. Whether he's looking for his own shot or using his eyes and hesitation dri ...

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