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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Chris Paul

Chris Paul willing to pay teammate’s fine following incident

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Houston Rockets star Chris Paul is looking to (literally) pay it forward after one of his teammates came to his defense during a game on Sunday.

In the fourth quarter of Houston’s 129-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wolves big man Gorgui Dieng took exception to Paul swiping at the ball after a whistle and shoved him to the ground. Rockets swingman Gerald Green responded by pushing down Dieng right back. Take a look:

After the game, Paul said he was willing to pay any fine that Green might get as a result of the incident, per the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.

The Rockets improved to a league-best 56-14 with the win, and it is obvious that their team is as tight-knit as they are talented. At least this is a better chemistry-building moment than last time they got into it with an opponent.

James Harden would pick Chris Paul first in All-Star draft

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James Harden certainly knows how to show love to a teammate.

Harden was asked in an interview with Complex whom he would select with his top pick if he were a captain for the All-Star Game. His answer was one of his teammates.

“If I had the first pick, I would pick Chris Paul,” Harden told Complex. “He’s not on the All-Star team, but he should be.”

True, Paul did not make the All-Star team, but this is a great sign about the chemistry between the two.

Houston’s experiment of acquiring Paul in a trade with the Clippers is paying off in a big way. The Rockets entered play on Wednesday a half-game behind the Warriors for the best record in the league. Harden and CP3 are getting along, and Paul’s decision to leave behind his “toxic” matters in LA certainly seems like a wise one.

Chris Paul does a hilarious fake laugh (Video)

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Just in case you couldn’t tell based on his commercials, Chris Paul is a great actor.

During the second quarter of Saturday’s Houston Rockets-Golden State Warriors game on ABC, TV cameras caught CP3 doing a great fake laugh:

It’s unclear to whom that was directed. Paul was talking with one of the officials, but he was also looking in the direction of where some of the Warriors were heading.

Regardless, that was awesome.

Austin Rivers reportedly cleared air with Trevor Ariza, has yet to with Chris Paul

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Cooler heads finally appear to be prevailing (at least to some extent) amidst the hostilities between the LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Wednesday that Clippers guard Austin Rivers and Rockets forward Trevor Ariza spoke to each other shortly after their postgame incident earlier this week in order to work out their differences. Shelburne does add however that Rivers has yet to reach a resolution with his former teammate, Rockets guard Chris Paul.

Punishments for the incident were handed down by the league on Wednesday with Ariza and Gerald Green drawing two-game suspensions but no other members of the Rockets or the Clippers being disciplined. It’s a bit surprising to hear that some of the tensions died down this quickly, especially after what we learned about Ariza’s role in the skirmish. Nevertheless though, it sounds like things are still pretty frosty between the two ex-mates Rivers and Paul.

Chris Paul receives tribute video in return vs Clippers

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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

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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

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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.

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