The theme all season long has been "Rise," as in lob the ball high in the air and watch Blake Griffin slam it home.

As in rise behind Chris Paul and lift a franchise.

Only the team jumped the gun a little and passed out red T-shirts for Game 4 that read, "Risen."

It's Monday afternoon, a few hours before Game 4 for the Clippers and I'm on the telephone with C.J. Paul.

Anyone who goes by their initials has to be a good guy.