The Philadelphia 76ers shot 27 percent from the floor against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. To put that in perspective, that’s a worse field goal percentage than currently-the-biggest-bust-from-the-2013-NBA-Draft Anthony Bennett has this season. Throw in the fact that the Sixers allowed the Clippers to shoot 56.2 percent from the floor by the night and it’s not surprising that L.A. walked away with a 45-point victory.
While the win was the most lopsided in franchise history for the Clippers, the night for them was important more for the fact that they got back to relatively full strength for the first time in a while as point guard Chris Paul returned to action after suffering a separated shoulder earlier in the year.
As the Clippers rolled over Philly, Paul played 23 minutes in his return and put up seven points, eight assists and four steals on 3-6 shooting, though he also committed four turnovers on the evening as well. Paul showed flashes of being the best point guard in the league, but also had the look of a player that hasn’t played in several weeks with a fair amount of rust on his game.
What’s great for Paul in the Clippers is that he was able to come back in a game that the Clips won with such relative ease. Not only did the win keep Los Angeles on the right track, but it also allowed Paul to come back and play on cruise control a bit, not pushing himself too hard after being out of commission for a while. I’d expect the Clippers to keep Paul on a minutes limit leading up to the All-Star break, but the win of the Sixers was a nice foray back into action for the point guard.