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Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  7 responses

Chris Paul: ‘I Personally Have to Play Better’


The San Antonio Spurs delivered yet another beating to the LA Clippers, and Chris Paul (just one of the Clips’ gimpy players) says that he won’t make any excuses, and takes personal responsibility for his team’s 0-2 hole. From the LA Times: “Paul won’t talk about it, won’t admit it, while emphatically declaring, ‘no excuses.’ But he’s not the same player who changed the way folks regard the Clippers. His mind might be as sharp as ever, but eight turnovers β€” the most he’s ever been charged in his professional career β€” suggest his body is betraying his competitiveness. ‘My body is going to let me,’ insists Paul with emphasis. ‘My body is going to be just fine. We’re going to go into Game 3 ready to rock ‘n’ roll.’ Ever the wishful thinker he says the home-court advantage might make the difference, and I suppose the alignment of the moon and stars. ‘I’m just missing,’ he says. ‘I just have to play better. In order for us to make this a series, I personally have to play better.’ We agree, but it’s doubtful he will be able to recover sufficiently to do so. Throw in back-to-back assignments in Los Angeles this weekend and there will be no time for recovery. ‘If you can’t do it…,’ I say, and before finishing the question, Paul interrupts. ‘I’m good to go,’ he says. ‘I’m good to go. We’re going to get it right.’ Then he turns to his son and says, ‘Ain’t that right, Chris. Chris? We’re going to get it right? We don’t have any choice, do we, Chris?’”

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  • Heals

    Gotta be tough when you’re going all out and the opposing team is coming at you with 10 players who all have an impact. If he can get The Clips 2 wins in this series it’ll be one helluva accomplishment…

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It’s simple. It’s a case of a great HOF coach exposing a horrible coach.

  • Riggs

    they should call this season a success, theyre not advancing pass this round and they should all look forward to next year. Just fire that horrible coach of theirs and I bet you anything they will be competing for the two seed.

  • Riggs

    the spurs though man, wow they know how to suffocate a team on both sides now. I would not be surprised if they win it all this year (although i want either the thunder or C’s to do it)

  • Mike Mihalow

    Bledsoe’s been playing well. Why not bring Paul off the bench, Vinny?

  • whooo!

    clippers definitely need to be proud of the season they’ve had. Just like Utah, this will be a learning experience. But Tony Parker was 4th in MVP voting and is no chump, plus they blitz Paul with an entire team the way Memphis never did, even though they had even better pieces to execute with

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Best pg in the game but now its the coaches fault he’s stinking up the place?

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