After missing nine games with a knee injury, Chris Paul got his first-game clunker out of the way on Friday against Miami and on Sunday he shredded the Knicks for 25 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 30 minutes. It was a tour de force performance that reminded everyone that there is no Best Point Guard in the NBA debate as long as Chris Paul is healthy.
Before he got hurt, he was no worse than third in any MVP discussion. Some will say that the Clippers' 3-6 record without him is more evidence for his cause, but that doesn't mean as much as the games LeBron James and Kevin Durant have actually played. (More on this later.)
And none of that really matters because the totality of Paul's second season with the Clippers will come down to what he and they do in the playoffs. Unlike LeBron, who has won everything there is to win and is playing for history, or KD, who has more of a career in front of him with a franchise core already in place, Paul and the Clippers are in a make-or-break season.
He's 27 years old and will be a free agent after this season. He'll probably re-sign with Los Angeles, and if he does and everyone stays healthy he'll have more chances in his career. But this is Paul's best chance to date and the sum of his playoff pedigree includes six series over four seasons and only two trips to the second round.
This is Chris Paul's time
SB Nation | Feb 11