Chris Paul: Clippers ‘were never broke’
Pulling a black sleeve over his right arm as he spoke at his locker, Chris Paul wasn’t prepared late Monday night to proclaim that the Los Angeles Clippers are officially cured.
No chance of that when the little assassin with the bruised right elbow won’t even acknowledge that the search was on for a vaccine less than six months into his life in Clipperland.
“We ain’t fixed,” Paul insisted, “because we were never broke.”
Outsiders will obviously see it differently — especially if you remember how bleak things looked in CP3′s New Orleans homecoming just 11 days ago — but on the following score we can all agree: Paul, Blake Griffin and the rest of the Clippers definitely have their December spring back. The Lob City boys oozed energy on offense, hunger on defense and actual, tangible joy at work on this brief trip to Big D, stopping long enough after a 5-0 homestand to inflict a 94-75 pounding on the defending champions and stretch their coach-saving win streak to a tidy six games.
Which suddenly makes Vinny Del Negro the first Clippers coach to win six in a row since Larry Brown in March 1992.
“We’re just having fun again,” Griffin said. “That’s really it. Everybody is just doing their job and guys are just worrying about what they can control. When that happens, sky’s the limit for this team.”