As Chris Paul has come back from a bruised right kneecap, his teammates have watched him get more and more comfortable on the court with each minute. After struggling to find any rhythm against the Miami Heat on Friday, Paul's looked to be aggressive early in victories over the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers. "It's been what's presented. Tonight, their game plan was to go under the ball screens," Paul said after the Clippers' 107-90 over the 76ers on Monday. "I haven't seen that much lately, so I was actually excited that I could get a couple shots off. I was just taking what they were giving me." Paul has looked to score more in the Clippers' most recent two victories, averaging 23 points on 67.9 percent shooting. "I'm always still looking to pass first, but at the same time I know I have to keep them honest," Paul said. "I have to keep the defense honest and shoot it when I'm open. " He also is averaging 4.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 4.5 steals over the past two games. But it's not just the numbers. Paul's return has affected his teammates, too. "Obviously, we know all the general information – he's one of the best players in the league, a MVP candidate, all that," Jamal Crawford said. "But him being back, it puts us all in our natural positions. (Eric Bledsoe) gets to run his team with the second unit. I don't have to be a playmaker. It puts everybody back and brings a calming effect."
Clippers' Paul getting back into a groove
Orange County Register | Feb 13