Paul: We Need to Put 48 Minutes Together
Teams will often feign unhappiness after an ugly win because they want to convey an air of perfectionism, but with Chris Paul as their unquestionable leader, the Clippers’ expression of dissatisfaction comes across as sincere — all you need is 90 seconds in front of Paul’s locker to believe.
“We’ve got to find a way to put 48 minutes together,” Paul said. “Our biggest thing right now is not only do we have to play hard, but we have to play smart. That’s the thing that’s going to be a challenge for us.”
Paul was especially peeved by the team’s inability to turn a prolific first quarter into a laugher. When he took a seat at the 1:31 mark of the first quarter, the Clippers held a 29-13 lead. By the time he checked back in midway through the second quarter, the Grizzlies had shaved that 16-point lead down to three.