The NBA's best point guard and the rest of "Lob City" aka the Los Angeles Clippers come to San Antonio tonight coming off a Christmas day victory versus the Warriors to face the San Antonio Spurs.
But as Pedro Moura with ESPN LA pointed out, what was interesting about that game aside from the absence of lobs, was that there were several times where Chris Paul was on the court, but he wasn't bringing the ball up the court. The job went to point guard turned shooting guard Chauncey Billups. It's a wrinkle that left many scratching their heads, but it's something Paul said doesn't really bother him.
"It doesn't matter," Paul said Tuesday. "It doesn't matter when you have two guys like me and Chauncey because we have the opportunity to attack from different spots on the floor."
In broad terms, head coach Vinny Del Negro's plan worked because the Clippers won big, but the Clips didn't really pull away until mid way through the fourth quarter when Paul came in and took over.
It will also be interesting to see how much Chauncey and CP3 play together against the Spurs because the San Antonio has big shooting guards. Golden State's small backcourt of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis was a perfect match up for the Clips. I wouldn't be surprised to see Caron Butler shift over to shooting guard and Ryan Gomes play small forward.
I'm a firm believer that two guys like Paul and Billups can figure this out, but it'll be interesting to see how they handle it in the first couple of games. As Moura points out, this is the second time in CP3's career where he's played off the ball for stretches at a time. In the 2007-2008 season, the Hornets played a lot of crunch time with Paul and Jannero Pargo, with Pargo initiating the offense a lot of the time. That season they finished 56-26 and pushed the Spurs to a game 7 of the Western Conference semi-finals. This Clippers team isn't the exact same as that Hornets team, but this Clips team could be just as good.
Congratulations Spurs! A job well done. With back to back to back schedules there is a need to fill up the lineup with 2 pf/c. The clippers never had a chance.
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With two guards shooting the ball, it poses a problem to the spurs. Against the warriors, billups and paul burned the hoops. It will be a problem to coach Pop. And griffin and jordan will be there dunking the ball. May be joseph will guard paul and anderson on billups. Both teams are thin on the front court but the clippers will have the edge; they are younger and eager to play. Blair and Splitter must protect the interior. It would be better if the spurs fill up the lineup with 2 pf/c. What with back to back back games. They need personnel during this strecthes.
Off topic, but I believe the good people of Chicago might take issue with your analysis of the best PG in the league
@rtesoro440 holy crap, do you just copy and paste your posts on every thread?
Anderson and Joseph on bill ups and Paul? So I guess Manu and tony will back those guys up? Or maybe Manu on Blake and tony on butler?
@runtd Derrick Rose is sooo overrated lol Chris Paul is hands down the best point guard in the NBA and 2nd is Deron Williams.
@Spursforever69@runtd i personally consider rose more of a SG then a PG. i think he would be much better playing the 2 with his style of play. i agree paul is 1, and dwill is 2. i also think rondo is the sleeper and should be up there with those guys. he isnt a great shooter (though his shot has looked very good this season, all 2 games of it) but his defense is second to none at the 1, and his passing/vision is as good as it gets. he is IMO tony parker mixed with dwill with no outside shot. (parker had no jumper at one time)