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The Clippers play the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday and it’s sounding like Paul is going to play.
L.A. was 12-6 in the games without Paul. Darren Collison stepped in as the team’s starting point guard and played very well, but it was Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford that carried the team over the 18 games.
The Clippers will have to make some adjustments, but they’re obviously a much better team when Paul is on the floor.
Prior to his injury, Paul was averaging 19.6 points and an NBA-best 11.2 assists. His 27.4 PER is third-best in the league.
Early in his career, he was affected by trade rumors and took them personally, but over the years he has learned that trades are out of his control and that the NBA is a business.
He actually might welcome a trade from the Lakers, considering the team has struggled all season and he has fallen out of Mike D’Antoni’s rotation at times. The Lakers are currently 18-32, and could decide to part ways with Kaman’s $3,183,000 expiring contract.
This season, the veteran center has averaged 8.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and a block while playing 17 minutes a night.
This isn’t that surprising. Many other players who have competed in the dunk contest and went onto make the All-Star Game have said the same thing.
Fans don’t realize how crazy that weekend is for players. There are so many appearances that All-Stars have to make, that it becomes very difficult for a player to add in all of the obligations that come with doing the dunk contest as well.
Also, at this point, what does Griffin have to gain from doing the dunk contest since he has already won it before?
This year, the dunk contest will feature three All-Stars for the first time since 1988, since Paul George, John Wall and Damian Lillard have decided to compete.
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