2013 NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul Couldn't Do Enough To Save Los Angeles Clippers

By John Raffel
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paul did everything he possibly could to get the Los Angeles Clippers into the NBA West semifinals.

He tried but he couldn’t quite do it by himself.

Paul had a magnificent game 6, which the Clippers lost 118-105 Friday to the Memphis Grizzlies to fall in the series 4-2. The Clippers fell victim to having a streaky type of season. They secured a playoff home spot by winning the last seven games of the regular season and won two straight for a 2-0 series lead. But then Memphis won four straight to put an end to a promising season for the Clippers.

Paul was on the court for 41 minutes against Memphis. He didn’t want to come off. He was 11-of-16 from the floor although he was 0-of-3 in 3-pointers and needed to hit each of them. Paul was 6-of-9 in free throws and wound up with 28 points, plus eight assists and four rebounds.

It was an All-Star effort from Paul, who is obviously one of the best players in the league. He badly wants an NBA title and thought this might be the season. So did a lot of people before the Clippers started having some losses during the regular season that put them in the middle of the pack of the eight NBA West qualifiers.

A strong finish and the 2-0 start gave them hope. But in the end, Paul and his teammates just didn’t have enough left in the tank. If he wants to make a title run next season, Paul will have to get more help from his teammates.

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