“It’s definitely good for us when Chris is in that mode, and we want him staying aggressive.” said his backcourt mate Chauncey Billups. “When he’s doing that, he’s putting so much more pressure on the defense and it’s going to free guys like Caron and myself, since he’s getting in there and causing so many problems. It opens up everything and that’s been big for us.”
Paul is one of the best facilitators of his time, however, in the18 game sample size that we have in place, it’s been evident that when he’s creating shots and opportunities for himself, the Clippers are that much more difficult to contain. The numbers clearly speak for itself.
However, when the Clippers end up with the victory, Paul averages 21.1 points on 51 percent shooting, while getting up 16.1 field goals attempts and 4.4 free throw attempts. That’s the biggest differential margin in points, field goal percentage, field goals attempted and assists from any player on the team in winning to losing games. In addition to that, when Paul has scored at least 17 points in a contest, the Clippers find themselves at an undefeated 7-0 for the season, beating their opponent by an average of 11 points.
Like Billups, Clippers Head Coach, Vinny Del Negro, also knows the importance of an aggressive CP3. Yet, Del Negro keeps in perspective that Paul is still a new player that’s getting adjusted to a new offense but is also just returning from a five game absence because of a hamstring injury.
It’s unanimous from his teammates, coaches and the fans. An offensively aggressive Paul is not only wanted, but it‘s needed. The defensive adjustments for coaches around the league become that much more of a challenge when Paul is attacking the paint. His quick footed crossovers and drives down the lane simply draw in defenders and wreak havoc for any type of defense. The All-Star point guard will have that option of finishing the play himself, kicking it out to the open man, or throwing up the lob. It is the ultimate “two birds with one stone” scenario, because when Chris Paul is creating shots for himself, he’s essentially just creating for others.
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