Chris Paul has been playing the best basketball I’ve seen from him in years. Lightning quick with pinpoint precision—and for consecutive games, I’ve seen defenders who were guarding him stumble, fall, or fly in the opposite direction. For someone that’s supposedly lost a step, I’m not seeing it. In fact, I’m seeing the complete opposite.
A stat that isn’t getting enough praise, Chris Paul allows the fewest points of any guard in the league. If that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is.
(Not to mention that he’s—aside from Westbrook—the only point guard that defends every other point guard on a nightly basis in the league. The others shy away from that challenge.)
Rowan Kavner, writing for NBA.com:
Chris Paul’s 73 points, 39 assists and three turnovers the past three games are a microcosm of what he’s meant to the Clippers this season.
No one affects the game quite like Paul, who’s helped the Clippers to a plus-10.3 mark per game when he’s on the court and a team-worst minus-4.5 mark when he’s off it.
Paul just completed his league-leading 14th game this season with at least 20 points and 10 assists. Monday night marked Paul’s 41st career game with at least 20 points, 10 assists two steals and one or fewer turnovers; no other active player has more than seven such games.
Among the Clippers players who’ve played at least 100 minutes, the Clippers score a team-best 114.4 points per 100 possessions when Paul’s on the court and a team-low 97.9 points per 100 possessions when he’s off it.
Paul’s got just one turnover in each of his last three games, despite playing at least 37 minutes in each of those contests. As the Clippers continue to roll despite losing Blake Griffin, the success can be attributed in large part to the enhanced contributions from Paul and DeAndre Jordan.