Chris Paul put on a show Monday night with his 23 points and 17 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets 137-118 at Staples Center. It was clear from the opening possession that Paul and the Clippers were ready for the showdown with the potential Western Conference rivals. Paul had nine assists in the first 10 minutes of the first quarter, getting every one of his starters in a nice rhythm for the remainder of the game. Best of all, he finished the night with just 2 turnovers.
Through four games, Paul is averaging 26.5 PPG, 13.3 APG and 3.3 SPG on 51.7% FG shooting. He already has three games with 20 points, 10 assists, and 50% shooting; he had eight all of last season.
The most ridiculous part of Paul’s game this season has been how productive and efficient he has been. Although a small sample size, he is currently accounting for 56.8 ppg (points per game + points created via assists) of the Clippers’ 119. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is the next closest at 44.5. The Warriors are second to the Clippers in scoring at 112 points per game.
There is no guarantee that Paul keeps up this level of play for a full season. At the same time, there’s no reason for him not to. He has a new coach with a more prolific system, more weapons on offense with J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, and enough depth behind him to keep him from having to play too many minutes. For now, all we can do is enjoy the performances.
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