Chris Paul’s chemistry with Blake Griffin is at its best right now
If there is any doubt that something has started to click with the L.A. Clippers this year, the evidence is at its most obvious in the team’s 13-2 start to the regular season — the best record in the NBA.
Looking beyond things like points differential, rebounding margin, and real plus/minus, the key to their success is rather simple — their two superstars’ chemistry is at an all-time high this season.
“Oh, no question (it’s) better now than ever,” point guard Chris Paul told Sam Amick of USA Today Sports on Friday. “Like I’m saying, we both have matured so much, and our communication is amazing right now, so sometimes it takes time. That’s what (happened) with me and (Blake Griffin), and there’s nothing like it right now. We are having some of the most fun that we’ve had in our time together.”
Griffin and longtime girlfriend, Brynn Cameron, had their second child in September (they have a three-year-old son along with their new daughter). Paul, who wed his Wake Forest sweetheart, has a seven-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter.
“I know for me, when I got my family and my kids it gave me a different perspective on everything,” Paul said. “To see Blake now, with two kids and stuff like that, I just – it’s different, you know what I mean? You see the sense of urgency, you know what I mean? I think we both share that, and understand that we’ve got everything that we could ever want, as far as an unbelievable family, you get to play the game that we love, and have all the accolades, and now we just want that one thing (the title that has eluded them both).”
Paul and Griffin now share more than just the fatherhood aspect, but the pain that came from being injured when it counted the most during last season’s playoffs.
“It’s kind of amazing to think back to that time, but year to year you go through those ups and downs,” said Griffin. “A lot of heartbreak in the playoffs, obviously, well documented, well talked-about everything that we’ve gone through. And some of it has been, for lack of a better word, back luck. Injuries here or there. Some of it has been our own fault, but I think you go through a year like last year, where CP and I both get hurt, and you’re not even really 100 percent to start with, and you cherish these moments, you cherish being a good team. Whether people want to admit it or not, we’re a solid team.”
Right now they’re more than a solid team, but the measuring stick of the league after 15 games.
“That sense of urgency is there, and I think it’s a combination of a lot of things,” Griffin concluded. “But we have matured a lot as a team, and I think we realize what’s the most important thing – which is winning. Winning it all.”