The NBA Playoffs series features the Clippers vs Spurs was billed as being a first round bout between two heavyweights. For a while, it looked as if the series might fizzle out, but in the end, the Clippers vs Spurs matchup delivered on all its promise. It’s a safe bet that when people look back on this first round fight it will be remembered as one of the best of the year.
Among other reasons why Clippers vs Spurs was so compelling was watching Chris Paul elevate his game once again and carry his team on his back. As a matter of fact, as NBA points out, Paul actually carried his team on one leg. The shooting guard strained a hamstring in the first quarter of game seven of the series but still managed to be the best player on the court by far. Los Angeles needed every single one of his 27 points and his six assists. In the end, it was that performance that will define the Clippers vs Spurs series and could carry the team forward through the NBA playoffs.
While all of his points were needed, it was Paul’s runner of the glass with one second left that was the game changer and game winner in the 111-109 contest. “We talked about if we get down into a last-second shot what we wanted to do,” Paul said afterwards. “We’ve been in that situation a lot of times already this year, and most of the time I hadn’t made it, to tell you the truth. We talked about it, and finally it worked when we needed it.”
As SBNation pointed out, it was clear that Paul knew just how big this Clippers vs Spurs series was, considering he was obviously playing hurt. Usually, the guy who brings the ball up the court, he deferred to other teammates last night and certainly wasn’t shy about letting others get into the scoring action when he felt he couldn’t. SBNation also called this one of the best game 7’s ever. The fact that it was in the first round doesn’t seem to matter. Because the Western Conference is so strong, a first round matchup could actually be a battle between two the two best teams in the NBA. Even if LA doesn’t end up winning it all, this Clippers vs Spurs series is going to be talked about for quite a while.
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