Elite Wilt Chamberlain Jersey Chris Paul led the limping, undermanned Los Angeles Clippers to a Game 6 win in enemy territory to save their season. Paul did the heavy lifting with 29 points and eight assists while shooting better than 50 percent.
Do you really care that he has never been to a conference finals?
Paul didn’t ice the game in the fourth quarter on a long, contested jumper, which one his one sin in the frame. He scored just six points with two assists in the final 12 minutes, his quietest fourth quarter yet, given that he came into the game averaging more than 11 points on an excellent 58 percent True Shooting Percentage.
Remember that time the Atlanta Hawks won player of the month with their entire starting lineup in 2015? Well their Game 4 win over the Wizards was kind of like that. With seven players scoring in double figures, including their entire starting five, they tied up the series and will now head to Washington for Game 5.
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There may be a temptation to dismiss all of this with a wave of the hand and claiming that nothing matters but the post-season. To a degree, sure, it doesn’t matter how well you played during the regular season so long as you make it to the playoffs. Ultimately, every team is looking to take home the Cup. But it would be shortsighted to see how this team performed under Boudreau and not be encouraged. This team was a legitimate contender this year that ran into a hot team and a hot goalie. The pieces are there for this team to contend next season as well. Boudreau, and his staff, are a big reason for that.