Parker: Team Defense Containing Paul
(Tony) Parker made the most of his birthday with an impressive offensive and defensive effort in the Spurs’ 105-88 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Not only did he produce a game-high 22 points and dish off five assists, but his defensive effort against Chris Paul was his most impressive of the playoffs.
Parker’s harrassment limited Paul to 10 points and forced him into a career-worst eight turnovers.
The major reason was Parker’s defense.
Parker credited his teammates as much for containing Paul as any individual effort.
“I’m trying to just do my best, to contain him and make him take hard shots,” Parker said. “It’s not just me, it’s team defense and it’s everybody being focused on Chris and making sure he doesn’t get going.”
The Spurs’ defense on Paul is the biggest reason the Spurs have jumped to a quick 2-0 lead.