The Clippers and Trail Blazers were locked into a fierce battle in Portland tonight, as the two teams were tied (along with the Spurs) for fourth place and the all important (though apparently not for the Clippers) home court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
The Trail Blazers led by as much as 19 in the first half, but the Clippers slowly chipped away at that lead in the third quarter. That’s when things got a bit crazy.
At the 14 second mark in the clip above, you can see Chris Paul give a little love tap to Chris Kaman’s nuts. It looks unintentional, but then again, Chris Paul does have a history of hitting guys in the nuts. Kaman took exception and shoved Paul to the floor, which caused Big Baby to run over and try and defend Paul’s honor. Instead, Big Baby pulled off the Baby Flop:
After some sorting out, the referees called a flagrant 1 foul on Kaman, and Paul buried the two free throws. Paul was superlative tonight, scoring 41 points and dishing 17 assists (with just one turnover) on the second night of a back-t0-back, to give the Clippers a 126-122 win. That’s how you recover your dignity, Chris.