Chris Paul has been keeping the Los Angeles Clippers afloat in an effort to salvage their series against the Utah Jazz in the first round. Even with his stellar play, the team is facing a 3-2 deficit heading back to Salt Lake City for Game 6.
After Blake Griffin seemed to pull up lame during a drive in Game 3 and had to go back to the locker room for treatment the ClipShow still seemed like they had control of the series. The following game would show them just what they were missing on offence.
In spite of all these challenges, Paul has been in tough situations before and had to figure out a way to get things done. He’s been nothing short of fantastic in this series, just like he was when the Clippers claimed their first seven-game-series win.
But where are the role players from that team now?
Number One: Eric Bledsoe
Bledsoe was still a raw prospect at the time, but he still had the same kind of blinding speed that other teams covet out of a floor general. His athleticism was off the charts for such a small player back in his time with Lob City.
Now in Phoenix, he is the leader of a youth movement that includes players like Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis in the Valley of the Sun. All those years of backing up Paul have paid off because he’s become a respectable point guard in this league.
Number Two: Chauncey Billups
Mr. Big Shot came to the Clippers after they claimed him off of waivers via a release by the New York Knicks. That ended up being a bit of a mistake by the Big Apple franchise as Billups helped bring extra stability to Chris Paul’s transition to a new home.
Now, the former NBA Champion helps contribute on NBA Countdown where he uses his vast knowledge of the game to educate viewers. Billups sits aside Jalen Rose and the two usually deliver some great moments during the broadcast.
Number Three: Reggie Evans
A large part of why the Clippers were able to win the games that they did was the play of Reggie Evans. He offered little to nothing on the offensive end, but made up for it by absolutely owning the opponent on the boards.
He played for a few more years and was handsomely rewarded for that run in free agency. Now, he is the president of the Reggie Evans Foundation, a program that strives to foster change and promote progress in underserved communities around the U.S.
Number Four: Nick Young
Swaggy P is an NBA cult favourite for his wild shot selection and playful sense of humour. He always had something funny to say and helped hit threes in the 27-point comeback that would eventually prove to be key in the series.
Weirdly enough, Young is in Los Angeles still, but not with the Clippers. In fact, he plays across the hall in the Staples Center now with the Lakers. Times may change but Swaggy P is still a hoot to watch play, no matter what uniform he has on.News Now - Sport News