I can’t tell you how bad Chris Paul looked tonight. Physically. The guy is beat up. Probably mentally, too. He was playing with an obvious limp in the first half, but he didn’t stop. Then he gets elbowed in the waist by Randy Foye late in the game and doesn’t let it bother him. His injury count is up to his foot, thumb, waist and who knows what else?
Coach Byron Scott said it best, the Hornets wouldn’t have won this game without him. Now they need the next one against a hot Clippers team. I’m not sure what kind of performance Chris can/will have in that one. He’s probably hurting a lot more than he’s leading on. But give the guy credit for at least trying to will his team into the playoffs.
Because the Hornets won, Tyson Chandler also said he’s pretty much a go for Tuesday because of how important the game is. He says it’ll take a lot to keep him out. Kudos to him as well.
I got a look at his left big toe before Saturday’s game, and it looks terrible. For anyone who thinks a toe injury is minor or doesn’t understand why he’s missed the past two games, that thing is severely swollen. It’s to the point that I don’t even expect him to have that much of an impact on the game Tuesday if he does play. But knowing Chandler, he’ll find a way to play through the pain and score eight points with seven rebounds and a blocked shot. We’ll see.
I’m excited about Tuesday’s game. And every basketball fan in Oklahoma should be as well. This is what the NBA season is all about. The Hornets are in the thick of a playoff race in the NBA’s toughest conference. The Ford Center should be packed. And loud. Doesn’t matter that it’s a Tuesday night game. Fans should come early and stay till the end. The Hornets should give out those rally towels to create more of a boisterous environment.
If the Hornets go down, at least their star player is going down fighting.
The fans shouldn’t let him go down swinging alone.