On Sunday, the Los Angeles Clippers did something they never have in their playoff history: win a Game 7 on the road and advance to the second round. Outlasting the Grizzlies in hostile FedEx Forum, 82-72 behind the brilliant tenacity of CHRIS PAUL’S 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, L.A. now faces the San Antonio Spurs in the second round beginning Tuesday night.
Paul’s feistiness with bigs Gasol and Randolph turned out to be big in the series; The will to win no matter the cost runs rampant through CP3 and his teammates have followed their poster boy’s lead to the hilt.
Paul’s teammates celebrated their triumph with a life-sized cutout of CP3 that Grizzlies fans left behind in disgust after their team was ousted from the playoffs. The blow-up played on Paul’s alleged pouting and crying to the refs throughout their opening round series versus the Grizzlies.
Paul does do some pouting but no more than any other player. But I’ll tell you exactly what type of “baby” formula CP3 always brings to the court: A toughness and feistiness that far exceeds his six-foot frame. Paul is the sole reason that the Clippers’ reputation is changing for the better in L.A.
Now baby boy will take his rattle and blanket to San Antonio. His teammates already know that Paul is their security blanket however.