Here is the first regular-season installment of my monthly power rankings, which are posted on the first Friday of every month. This entry was delayed by two days after Brooklyn Nets did not make their season debut until Saturday night. I tried to combine the big picture with an immediate reaction to how teams have looked through the first week of the season. I would love to read your comments on Twitter (@ericpatten).

When Ryan Hollins left the Boston Celtics to sign with his hometown Clippers as a free agent in July, he immediately knew who to call first: The man who challenged him to one-on-one duels as a teen in their Pasadena backyard court, and who spent hours talking X’s and O’s with him as he got older.

Hollins dialed none other than his father, Denier Hollins, who had not been able to watch him play in person more than a few times a year since he graduated from UCLA in 2006.

LOS ANGELES - Point guard Chris Paul put together a record-setting night at the free throw line Saturday in the Clippers' 114-110 loss to the Warriors. 

Paul made his first 19 attempts, setting the franchise record for consecutive free throws made in a single game. He finished 19-for-20 from the line with his 19 makes matching Corey Maggette's franchise mark for total free throws made in one game. 

Maggette, who played in L.A. for eight seasons, twice made 19 free throws, last accomplishing the feat Feb. 26, 2007 against the Bobcats.

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