Chris Paul was the best player on the court Sunday night in Los Angeles, scoring 28 and dishing out 11 assists to lead the Clippers to a comfortable Game 1 win against Portland. He was masterful.
It leaves Portland with some difficult choices going forward. Damian Lillard cannot cover Paul. The best option is probably Al-Farouq Aminu on Paul, and then Portland can hide Lillard or C.J.McCollum on Luc Mbah a Moute. The problem is the other guard still draws J.J. Redick and will have to chase him off picks all night, an exhausting proposition that tilts in the Clippers’ favor. It will be interesting to see what Terry Stotts comes up with for Game 2 Wednesday.