The Clippers are in the midst of a long road trip, but their driving force seems like he might be out of gas. This game marks three straight bad outings for Griffin that have been marred primarily by some iffy jump-shooting. Give Griffin some credit for gutting it out, though. His steal in overtime might have been the game's biggest defensive play.
How many times can this guy save the day? Paul was his usual assassin-like self in the fourth quarter against the Rockets, answering every bucket with a tough jumper or a floater in the paint. The Clippers' late-game offense might not be the most innovative thing you'll see on a basketball court, but Paul's ability to create easy looks for himself is otherworldly.
Foye might not have brought anything to the floor other than his shooting ability, but with Caron Butler and Griffin both struggling to connect, the Clippers needed every one of his long-range bombs to fall in. It would be nice if Foye could contribute elsewhere or stop falling for every pump fake, but beggars can't be choosers.
The Clippers got it wrong in regulation by wasting a potential game winner from Paul by allowing an offensive rebound. They made amends in overtime, though, by picking up the intensity defensively and forcing Kevin Martin into some tough misses. Relying solely on Paul's end-of-game offensive dominance is dangerous, but Lawler's Law prevailed in overtime thanks to the D.
It's hard to fault the Rockets for losing this one -- they tried everything they could to slow down Paul. Courtney Lee played Paul defensively about as well as anyone has all season, which is something that might come in handy the next time these two teams meet. Martin had some decent looks late, but no one is beating Paul in a shootout with the game on the line.