Chris Paul on Rudy Gobert: ‘He just talks a lot’

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The Jazz and Clippers are on pace to meet in the first round – which would be a heck of series that early in the playoffs.

Utah’s net rating (+5.2 points per 100 possessions) is better than any team in the Eastern Conference, and net rating tends to better predict playoff success than record. Despite earlier injury woes, L.A. is still loaded with talent: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

Adding to the intrigue: It seems these teams are growing to dislike each other.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert fanned the flames, tangling with Redick and Paul in Utah’s 114-108 win over the Clippers on Monday.

Jody Genessy of the Deseret News:

Jazz coach Quin Snyder rushed to the opposite end of the court to usher Gobert away from Paul and the Clippers after the final confrontation, which happened as Utah veteran Joe Johnson hit a game-clinching corner 3.

The Clippers didn’t appreciate Gobert’s antics, which reportedly included his pointing at the scoreboard.

“It was just a little tussle,” Paul said about his run-in with Gobert. “I’m not worried about him. He can play, but he just talks a lot.”

Paul being a talker shouldn’t preclude him from calling someone else a talker. Remember, Paul is downplaying the incident, not chastising Gobert.

So, don’t call Paul a hypocrite. Just get excited for the potential playoff matchup.