Before today’s game, Kings coach Michael Malone called Clippers guard Chris Paul the best point guard in the NBA.
Paul was that good against the Kings, with 17 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in a 117-101 win for the Clippers at Staples Center.
It was chance for rookie Ray McCallum to get a good look at how Paul operates.
“I learned a lot,” McCallum said. “(Paul is) a strong, physical guard and really has a great understanding for the game. I just kind of watched how he runs and leads his team and the different ways that he’s aggressive. I think he does a good job of probing the offense and finding the open guy every time. At the same time, it seems like he seems like he can get his shot any time he wants.”
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McCallum had eight points on 4-for-13 shooting and eight assists. It was the first start for McCallum this season where he didn’t play at least 43 minutes.
• When Ben McLemore was ejected for picking up two technical fouls, he became the second King ejected this season against the Clippers at Staples.
Travis Outlaw was ejected for a flagrant foul 2 on J.J. Redick in November.
• Derrick Williams played just 4:42 today and didn’t play at all in the second half. With Rudy Gay back from his lower back strain, Reggie Evans playing well (14 points, 14 rebounds) and Travis Outlaw moving up in the rotation, it looks as if Williams doesn’t impress early and quickly, he’ll be watching a lot more in the final two games.
The Kings play Minnesota Sunday, and Williams usually plays well against his old team. Malone will give him a chance to be aggressive early. If not, expect to see a lot more Outlaw.