What do we know about these two? Well, judging by the game between the Grizzlies and the Hornets last night, Chris Paul is a superstar and Pau Gasol is a chump. Here’s why:
SideBar: My Campaign for Chris Paul, Western Conference All-Star Starter — I don’t care who you put with him, Kobe…Steve Nash….Baron Davis…..Deron Williams, just put them with Chris Paul.
CP3 – New Orleans – 2008 – It’s only right. (And you may recall my previous thoughts about Chris Paul, Steve Nash and Jason Kidd)
Oh yea, back to the WHY….
Caught the end of the New Orleans Hornets-Memphis Grizzlies game last night. Here’s the deal: Game in OT….tied @ 116 and the ball is in Chris Paul’s hands. Mind you , he has a career high in points at this junction (he finished with 43). The Hornets isolate for him, Tyson Chandler comes up to set a high screen and Chris Paul takes it to the hoop for the deuce layin with a couple ticks left. Hornets up 118-116.
Such a gutsy move. Something you’d expect from Kobe, MJ, Gilbert Arenas…(don’t worry, I’m not actually comparing Chris Paul to any of those guys)…but the way he took the ball to the rim, strong. And how he was able to get through traffic for a layup with the clock winding down. Now, you’re saying, “oh yea”…you just remembered, Chris Paul is a 6-0, 175 lb. superstar who just commanded the ball to the rack.
Wait…what happened to that Pau Gasol guy? Yea…we’ll here’s the thing. He went off for the game (26, 10 & 7). He played with a black eye. He was “Antawn Jamison-like” crafty around the rim. Even did the double-arm pinch-jersey-flip after scoring a big bucket during regulation.
But no, with ’bout 1.8 left, after the Grizzlies called timeout and advance the ball, Gasol catches the inbounds pass, tries to flip it to a rookie, Kyle Lowry, in the corner (after he sees the double team coming), but ends up bobbling the ball out of bounds.
No stupor-star, when you catch the rock where you got it, you display strong hands regardless of the double team. You pump fake…. get fouled….take it to the basket…whatever. You don’t try to touch pass to a rook.
Moral of the story: vote for Chris Paul, NBA All-Star.