The Chris Paul depleted Clippers soared past the Rockets 117–101 in the first game of the second round, but tonight, they couldn’t repeat their stellar performance without their star player.
Celebrating his 30th birthday from the bench, Paul and his helpless hamstring watched in horror as his teammates squandered a 13-point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter, allowing Houston to even the series with a 115-109 victory.
Blake Griffin had 26 points by halftime, but could only penetrate, in and around the paint for eight more, allowing Harden and Howard to launch a Rocket rally late in the game.
The Clippers did what they needed to do by taking one for the road, but with the uncertainty of CP3, it was a lost opportunity to not take two for good measure heading back to LA.
Chris Paul’s hammy may not heal in time for game three, or for the rest of the series, so the Clippers need to giddy up and make certain that they win one for the gimper on Friday, and give him the rest he’ll need to rebound for the next round.
After handing Houston the birthday gift that should have gone to Paul, let’s hope they’re not as generous with McHale’s navy on their home court. They already made us forget about the Alamo, now it’s time to erase the entire state of Texas from our memory.
Oh, and by the way, here’s a little something for you to think about. Doesn’t Kevin McHale look awfully like a handsome Herman Munster?