The Los Angeles Clippers dropped Game 4 against Utah Sunday on the road, and are facing life without star Blake Griffin for the remainder of the playoffs after he suffered a toe injury earlier in the series that ended his season. If the Clippers are able to overcome the loss of Griffin and advance, they would likely face the Warriors in the conference semifinals.
Colin Cowherd reacted to Griffin's latest injury setback on Monday's episode of "The Herd", and lamented what is likely to be another early postseason exit for Chris Paul - who Cowherd believes is more like MVP co-favorite Russell Westbrook than many give him credit for.
Chris Paul is facing the same problem as Russell Westbrook
"Who does Chris Paul have to play with in L.A.? J.J. Redick’s disappeared, DeAndre Jordan can’t hit a shot outside of a dunk, Blake Griffin’s out, they don’t have much of a bench. Who do they have?
"Blake Griffin, now that he’s hurt, what is his legacy? A lot of dunks, jumped over a Kia at an All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, and injuries in key moments."
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The Clippers have let Chris Paul down
"There are three athletes, in my opinion, who are underserved by their organization. Mike Trout with the Angels, Chris Paul with the Clippers, and Andrew Luck with the Colts.
"But we always fall into this, ‘Well, who’s Russell Westbrook playing with?’ [argument]. So you’ve got Blake Griffin, now, whose legacy is ‘can’t stay healthy and jumped over a car.’ That’s his legacy now. A lot of dunks, jumped over a car, can’t stay healthy in big spots."
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We've been ignoring how little help Paul really has in Los Angeles
"And Chris Paul has been magnificent in these playoffs. 27 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds, shooting 53 percent. 4.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Way better defender than Russell Westbrook.
"Chris Paul was mesmerizing Friday night. Just incredible talent. Much more self-awareness than Westbrook, way better assist-to-turnover ratio. ... He’s averaging as many steals as turnovers."
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Blake Griffin may have cemented his legacy
"We’re spending all this time talking about Harden and Westbrook … how damn good is Chris Paul? Chris Paul has been *spectacular* in these playoffs. Who does he have to work with?
"Chris Paul is being underserved. The coach is the GM. Not much of a bench. Redick’s disappeared. DeAndre Jordan can’t do anything beyond a dunk and a blocked shot, and Blake Griffin - once again in the postseason - [is] done for the season. You’re going to defend Russell Westbrook forever? Let me defend Chris Paul."