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Clippers find a way in dramatic fashion
By Jason Lewis (Sentinel Sports Editor)
Published May 9, 2012

After only one season, All Star point guard Chris Paul (left) can be considered the greatest Clipper ever.  Photo by Chris Carlson  (AP)

Clippers provide high drama in the first round of the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Clippers are defiantly made for television, because three out of the their first four games against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs came down to the final play to win it or send it into overtime, and in Game 1 the Clippers came back from being down from 27 points.

The Grizzlies are kicking themselves for letting leads slip away and not taking advantage of late game possessions.  The Grizzlies were right there to win all of the first four games, but the Clippers, and namely All-Star point guard Chris Paul, would not quit.  They roll with the punches and come out on top at the end.

Any argument over who is the best point guard in the league is pretty much done, and it has nothing to do with Chicago Bulls point guard Derek Rose going down with a season ending knee injury.

Paul is not only the best point guard in the league, but he may be the greatest Clipper player ever, and he has not even completed a full season.

During the season Paul averaged 19.8 points a game, but in the playoffs he’s upped that number to 23.5 while shooting 47 percent and dishing out 8.8 assists.

During Game 4, Clippers forward Blake Griffin fouled out in overtime, which seemed huge at the time because he had scored 30 points in that game, but that was not a problem at all because Paul was not about to leave that game on the losing end.  Paul scored eight of his 27 points in overtime, which gave the Clippers a commanding 3-1 lead at the time.

The Clippers have only made it to the second round of the playoffs once in their 38 years in Los Angeles, and their recent success is mostly due to Paul’s arrival.  A season ago, even with a highflying Griffin, the Clippers could only muster up 32 wins.  Now with one of the best players in the league on their team, they are making noise in the playoffs.

The NBA is about action, and that’s exactly what these two teams have provided.  Out of the eight playoff series, this Clippers/Grizzlies series is by far the best.

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