Do My Eyes Deceive Me Or Was Chris Paul Out There Throwing Down An Array Of Pseudo-Dunks Last Night?
Chris Paul, the rim rocker! Too much? Okay fine. The rim rattler? The rim shaker? I guess we can settle for rim grabber. Either way, we are really splitting hairs if we are going to get into the dunk vs. mini-dunk debate regarding a person that hasn't thrown one down in over two years. I think if you ask any athletically limited white boy who had dunk contests on eight or nine foot hoops in their driveway, like myself, if those were dunks then the answer is a resounding yes. When the person in question is Chris Paul then anytime his hand touches the rim and the ball goes trough the hoop it counts as a dunk, no matter how underwhelming it may be.
I know the only reason that Chris Paul was trying to do his Blake Griffin impersonation is because his lack of jumping ability has undoubtedly become an ongoing joke in a locker room full of high flyers. That's why he topped the first one off with a completely ridiculous, and equally as unnecessary celebration for his bench. However, this may also be a good sign for the trajectory of this Clippers season. While 18 points and 9 assists a game isn't anything to shake a stick at, one could make the argument that Chris Paul has suffered a slight drop in play this year. Well, that drop hasn't been noticeable throughout the last two games where he has carried them to victory despite the absence of Blake Griffin. This Clippers team doesn't stand a chance of getting to where they want to go without Chris Paul at the top of his game, and nothing speaks to his current level of confidence like running down the lane with authority and semi-succeeding in throwing it down in the opposition's face. This team still has a lot to prove, but winning consecutive games without it's most versatile player is a good start, even if the finishes from their veteran point guard could use some work.