Through the first 162 minutes of this series in which Chris Paul was on the floor, he was a master with the basketball. During the first 4.5 games of this series, the Los Angeles Clippers' point guard turned the ball over only six times, with five of them coming in the first two games against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Through the first half of Game 5 between the Clippers and the Thunder, Paul was flawless with the basketball. He didn't turn the ball over once and had seven assists. He wasn't shooting the ball well (3-of-10 from the field) but he wasn't giving it to the other team. He was being the control freak with the ball we've all dubbed the "Point God." But eventually regressing to the mean happens and a point guard against an aggressive defense can't sustain ball security at all times. Paul turned the ball over three times in third quarter while racking up six more assists. Then in the fourth quarter, Paul didn't have a meltdown, necessarily, but he did make three huge mistakes in the final minute of the game that cost the Clippers an incredibly advantageous 3-2 series lead heading back to Los Angeles for Game 6. "It's me," a devastated Paul told the press conference following the 105-104 loss. Everything that happened at the end is on me." As his coach, Doc Rivers, railed against a replay review that left the team dissatisfied with the outcome of the game, Paul took complete responsibility for the Clippers not closing out that game. Regardless of the calls on the floor they may not have agreed with, the team wouldn't be in that position without huge mistakes made by everybody, including their leader.
Chris Paul: 'Everything that happened at the end is on me'
CBS Sports | May 14