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.