Chris Paul Pretty Much Has To Make This Pass, Doesn’t, So Warriors Beat Clippers Again
Rick Chandler 12:18 pm, November 05th, 2015
The Warriors-Clippers rivalry is one of the strangest in sports. The teams hate each other, something chippy always occurs whenever they meet ... even when Andrew Bogut isn't playing. All of this despite the fact that Golden State has won six straight meetings between the two at Oracle Arena.
My opinion: the Warriors are in the Clippers heads. LA had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter on Wednesday and ended up losing, 112-108, mostly due to this miss. That's Blake Griffin with a wide open lane to the basket and his team down by two. That's Chris Paul with the ball. Thats Draymond Green guarding Paul.
Is this a bigger missed opportunity than this was?
OK, maybe not, because Colin Kaepernick didn't have Green, with those long arms, right in his face. But an elite NBA point guard has to try and make that pass in that situation, right? Instead, Paul ended up taking a long, rather awkward 3-point attempt that went off the front rim, Stephen Curry got the rebound and the Warriors won their 21st straight home game.
Curry finished with 31 points, Paul 24, as the Warriors were tested for the first time this season. Is it possible that Golden State is better than last season? Curry says they are. They beat the Clippers without Bogut and head coach Steve Kerr. The biggest mistake that Doc Rivers ever made was saying that the Warriors were lucky to win the title last season, because now they're just that little bit much more motivated whenever the teams meet.
And Rivers' frustration is starting to show. Post-game on Wednesday: