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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chris Paul

Chris Paul receives tribute video in return vs Clippers

Chris Paul Rockets

Chris Paul received a tribute video and ovation from Los Angeles Clippers fans during his return to play his former team on Monday night.

Paul’s return to face the Clippers as a member of the Houston Rockets did not lead to a great reaction from the fans initially. He received a good amount of cheers when he was introduced in introductions, though the cheers were not overwhelming:

Once the game began, fans booed CP3.

But that all changed later in the first quarter when the Clippers played a tribute video to Paul. Here it is:

CP3 should be held in extremely high regard by Clippers fans. Paul joined the Clippers for the 2011-12 season, which is when the team began the most successful run in franchise history. They reached the playoffs in every season with Paul on the roster (six years in a row) and won at least 51 games in every season except the lockout-shortened one. Though the team seemed to always come up short in the postseason and never made it past the conference semifinals, Paul’s successful run in LA helped changed the trajectory and image of the franchise. That should never be overlooked.

Chris Paul appears to troll Damian Lillard over controversial late-game layup

Chris Paul Damian Lillard

At 32 years old, Chris Paul appears to have finally run out of chill.

The Houston Rockets point guard took to Twitter on Thursday to post about his passing of the 16,000-point mark for his career, a feat that he achieved the night before in a 121-112 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Seems innocuous enough, right? Well upon further review, it appears that the image Paul posted was of the controversial layup he went up for in the closing seconds of the already-decided game, angering Blazers guard Damian Lillard.

What makes this apparent troll job even better is that the layup was not even Paul’s 16,000th point — he entered play on Wednesday with 15,995 points for his career, and the controversial bucket gave him 37 on the night.

Paul actually gave a pretty good answer when he was confronted by Lillard as to why he didn’t just run out the clock in a traditional show of sportsmanship, so it looks like he got the win on the court as well as on social media.

Chris Paul offers explanation for scoring late layup that upset Lillard

Chris Paul Damian Lillard

Chris Paul offered a matter-of-fact explanation for why he went up for an uncontested layup instead of dribbling out the clock in the final seconds of the Houston Rockets’ win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

The Rockets were up 119-112 on the Blazers with under 20 seconds left when Paul decided to go in for a layup to make it 121-112. The layup left Damian Lillard upset, and he let Paul know it.

So why did CP3 go in for the layup? Lillard says the Rockets guard told him it’s because Portland wasn’t defending the basket.

Lillard said after the game that he didn’t care for Paul’s actions. He felt it wasn’t very respectful or sportsmanlike.

We’ve seen teams make improbable comebacks in the past, so there’s never anything wrong with playing to the final whistle.

Sure, many players are content to dribble out the clock especially when opponents are conceding, but not Chris Paul.

Blake Griffin opens up about Chris Paul’s departure from Clippers

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin has said little about longtime lob partner Chris Paul’s departure from the LA Clippers this past summer, but now he is finally sharing some of his thoughts on the matter.

In an interview with The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears that ran on Wednesday, the All-Star forward opened up about Paul’s decision to leave for Houston.

“I talked to him the morning before it came out,” said Griffin. “He called me and just kind of told me everything. Like I told him on the phone, I wished him the best and appreciated the years we had together. That situation was handled the right way. You see other guys and other teammates go separate ways with a bad taste in their mouth because it wasn’t handled the right way.

“We shared a lot of moments together,” he added about Paul. “Some good. Some bad. Some just the mundane everyday sitting on the plane, sitting on the bus. When you share that much time with somebody, you have a connection. But now we’re in separate places and both moving forward.”

Griffin and Paul played together on the Clippers for five seasons as the two pillars of an exhilarating but overall disappointing era for the team. Some who shared the locker room with them have spoken negatively about the dynamic they had, but it sounds like it’s all love between the two stars themselves.

Chris Paul suffers first loss as Rocket, leaves with leg injury

Chris Paul Rockets

Chris Paul did not have the best of nights on Wednesday.

After going 14-0 in games he played this season, Paul suffered his first loss as a member of the Houston Rockets. Houston fell to the Los Angeles Lakers 122-116. On top of that, Paul left the game with a leg injury.

CP3 ended up playing just 25 minutes, scoring eight points with five rebounds and five assists. James Harden had a monster game and blew up for 51 points in the loss.

Paul also missed time earlier this season because of a bruised left knee. He’s played in less than half of the Rockets’ games this season.

James Harden, Chris Paul trade shots at one another after win

Chris Paul and James Harden have only played together in two regular season games, but it’s obvious that the two have established great chemistry with one another off the court.

The Houston Rockets scored a whopping 142 points in a win over the Phoenix Suns Thursday night. Harden was responsible for 48 of those, and he said after the game that he was “happy to have the little midget back” to help him stay on top of his game. Paul was standing right next to Harden when he made the remark, and CP3 fired back.

Paul had just 11 of the 142 points, but he dished out 10 assists. That wasn’t bad for his first game back from an injury. Harden, on the other hand, could have done more — at least according to CP3.

Harden is obviously happy to have Paul on his team, and some comments he made earlier in the season reflected that. As long as they can stay healthy, the Rockets should have a legitimate shot to challenge the Golden State Warriors in the West. A good relationship between Harden and Paul both on and off the court can only help.

Mike D’Antoni: Chris Paul will be back sooner than later

Chris Paul Rockets

Chris Paul is getting closer to returning to action for the Houston Rockets.

The point guard has been out since playing in the Rockets’ season-opening win over the Golden State Warriors. He had injured his knee a week earlier.

Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni said last week that he thought Paul would be back in two weeks. Tuesday he changed his answer, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“I just think it is sooner than later,” D’Antoni said of Paul’s return. “I don’t know how soon that is. For me, it will never be soon enough. I guess we can use the baseball analogy; he’s probably rounding second and pretty close to third so we’re getting there.”

The Rockets have gone 8-3 to start the season and seem to be doing quite well playing without their offseason acquisition. James Harden has resumed his MVP ways, while Clint Capela and Eric Gordon are also playing well.

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