Chris Paul returned to action on Friday night during a 105-97 loss to the Spurs on Friday, scoring 17 points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
In his first game back since Jan. 16, CP3 admitted there was some rust on the offense. "There’s no excuses," Paul said about the loss. "This was our first game with everybody. I probably threw some guys off, but we’re going to figure it out." Loss and low assists aside, Paul beating his timetable by a week and getting 33 minutes is encouraging. Expect him to be a first-round player after a very brief adjustment period.
Blake Griffin scored 29 points with nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 38 minutes against the Spurs on Friday night.
He did take a Dewayne Dedmon shoulder to his cheek and ran to the locker room for about 10 seconds, but he had to come back out to shoot the free throws. Griffin just had a band-aid put over his cheek and it was enough to stop the bleeding, so he stayed in the game. As for his play, Griffin clearly has it going again and looks like an early-round player going forward. He needs to stay healthy.
Jamal Crawford did not score in 19 minutes against the Spurs on Friday with one assist.
He had a nice run while Chris Paul was out, but he's a clear drop after this game with coach Doc Rivers trusting his son more than one of the best bench scorers of all time.
Austin Rivers moved back to the bench on Friday with 23 points, three assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.
He looks like he's going to still have a role as a combo wing for the Clippers. Rivers is still likely going to see a drop in overall production and he really won't do too much outside of scoring, he's better for points leagues or deeper leagues.
Derrick Jones Jr. was signed by PHO on Friday February 24.
Manu Ginobili returned to action on Friday February 24.
Pau Gasol returned to action on Friday February 24.
Raymond Felton had one steal in 14 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.
With Chris Paul back, Felton will see a major hit in playing time. He was kind of a letdown while CP3 was out, so his former owners will have no problem dropping him basically everywhere.