Found January 23, 2013 on Fox Sports San Diego:
LOS ANGELES Maybe Chris Paul would have made a difference. Maybe not. It's impossible to know what might have happened had the Clippers had their point guard and catalyst in the lineup Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He spent the night on the bench in his street clothes, and without him the Clippers just weren't the same. They went down in a hail of three-point baskets by the Thunder, whose 109-97 win at Staples Center established their position as the best team in the NBA. The proof: Their 33-9 record leads the league, one game better than the San Antonio Spurs (33-11) in the Western Conference and 1 better than the Clippers (32-11). If the Clippers hoped to use the game as a statement, it never materialized. Paul was scratched from the starting lineup after aggravating his bruised right kneecap Monday at Golden State, and it left his team short-handed. "Chris controls the game," forward Blake Griffin said. "He's making sure guys are...
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