The Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz squared off last night in the latest of Saturday’s preseason slate of games. In the Western Conference, these two teams figure to be on opposite ends of the standings. The Clippers promise to be contenders not only for the Western Conference crown, but for the NBA title. Utah, on the other hand, has a lottery appearance in their future.
Leading the way for the Clippers this year will once again be Chris Paul, the class of the point guard position. A point god, you might say. Paul was at his best last night, controlling the game and carving up the Jazz. He finished with 6 points on 3-6 shooting, but added 10 assists and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.
It should come as no surprise that one of those assists came on a lob, and that the lob was slammed home by DeAndre Jordan. Late in the second quarter, Jordan set a down-screen to get Paul open on the left wing. Paul curled off the pick, caught the pass and immediately began curling towards the basket. He got his defender on his back, effectively taking him out of the play. As he made his way into the paint, Jordan’s defender (Enes Kanter) had to stop up to prevent an easy shot. It left Jordan open, however, and Paul lobbed it (while taking a big blow from Kanter) up to the big man who slammed it home with immense power.
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