SAN ANTONIO After dissecting another long evening here, Clippers guard Chris Paul turned to his 2-year-old son, Chris, and asked him about his trip to Sea World earlier in the day. Little Chris described with great wonder the highlight: a whale with a big tail.
On that account, father and son had plenty in common.
Paul will return home much like Captain Ahab, playing like he's on a peg leg and hopelessly chasing his own white whale, the San Antonio Spurs, who continue to look like the NBA's best team and, for the Clippers, a model of ruthless efficiency in a 105-88 victory.
The road to the Western Conference Finals indeed runs through Los Angeles, but if it is to go anywhere else, the Lakers and the Clippers will have to figure out how to win a game against Oklahoma City and San Antonio between Friday night and Sunday. Otherwise, both series will be over.
If the Lakers can at least draw on their own reservoir of success and the fact that they controlled most of Game 2...