During the Clippers’ 102-94 win over the Lakers Saturday night, while Kobe Bryant was shooting his way out of an early game slump on his way to 42 points on 28 shots, Chris Paul was slicing and dicing for 33 of his own on 22 shots. Paul was a monster against the Lakers, and the biggest reason that the Clippers walked away with yet another win versus “Big Brother.” But there was bad news, too. After Paul nailed yet another jumper late in the fourth quarter, he came down with a strained hamstring and would not return.
It’s not known at this point whether Paul will play Monday for the Clippers vs. New Jersey, but if there was ever a game for him to sit out… Despite the regrettable element of missing Chris Paul vs. Deron Williams, the Clippers could very well have no problem dispatching the Nets without CP3.
Saturday was a game that showed off all of Paul’s offensive tricks, even as he “only” totaled six assists. The Lakers worked to shut down Blake Griffin on the pick and roll and Griffin did his part by missing a large number of open jumpers as he continues to try and pull the defense out by hurting them from range. But Paul responded by simply slithering inside or crossing over his defender to hit from the middle of the floor, to devastating effect. It was his consistent, efficient scoring that lead the Clippers and opened up opportunities for the entire Clippers team, while Bryant’s gunning once again seemed to slog down the Lakers’ offense.
Here’s video of the injury, courtesy of Eye on Basketball:
After only one season, the Heat gave up on former first-rounder Shabazz Napier – sending him to the Magic in a salary dump.
Napier got some revenge by hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in Orlando’s 100-97 win over Miami.
It’s only the preseason, but Napier had to feel great about that shot.
Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.
New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.
Ian Mohr of the New York Post:
Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.
Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.
“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.
If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.
In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.
Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.
Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:
When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.
I suggest reading it in full.