He stayed in first gear most of the night, but that was still fast enough. Griffin continued his high-wire act in Charlotte, not looking the least bit weary as he threw down a couple of huge jams. He might not have an array of post moves, but against an athletically outclassed Bobcats team, he didn't need them.
Paul is approaching a historic assist-to-turnover ratio this season, and Saturday night showed you why. Paul resisted the urge to turn this blowout into a glorified pickup game by remaining patient and not forcing anything against a bad Charlotte defense. It's tempting to be Lob City at all times, but Paul wisely keeps the Clippers grounded when they need to be.
After struggling in consecutive games on the road, Jordan had a nice bounce-back game against the Bobcats. Although his biggest impact will always be on the defensive end, Jordan showed an improved energy level after getting involved early offensively. For the Clippers to succeed without Chauncey Billups going forward, they'll need easy buckets like the ones Jordan provides.
Give the Clippers' coaching staff credit for appearing to fix Griffin's woes at the foul line. Griffin has gone 22-for-27 from the foul line since he changed his routine -- a huge improvement. Still, though, why in the world are Paul and Griffin playing 30 minutes apiece, and getting time in the fourth quarter of a massive blowout?
What's the old saying? It's always darkest before dawn? The Bobcats just don't have the talent to compete with anyone right now, but at least they're dedicated to playing and developing their young players for the future. It's hard to imagine the Clippers having an easier matchup than this one going forward. This game was over before it started.