The Chris Paul trade was made for moments like these.

The Clippers hadn't been in the playoffs in six years, and Paul was willing them through Wednesday's Game 2 of the Western Conference playoffs.

He was driving, dealing, advising and showing no signs of a groin injury that had Clipper Nation so concerned.

Paul was everything he needed to be, scoring a game-high 29 points, but the Clippers needed more than an outstanding performance from him.

Paul's 3-pointer with eight seconds left was errant, and it wouldn't have been enough anyway.