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May 3, 2015 Updates

There's no accounting for heart in the box score, but Paul had it in spades against a team that has been using its unstoppable will to win since long before he was even in the league. Teammates said he had tears in his eyes in the second half, when the hamstring just woudn't leave him alone and he somehow just kept coming. Clippers guard J.J. Redick, who has said before that he couldn't wait to tell his children that he played with Paul, told his point guard yet again when Game 7 was finally over. "I already said it (to him), right after the game," Redick said. "I'm an emotional guy, and I'm crying with Chris. This just adds to his legend. Twenty years from now, I'm going to talk about this series and this game and that little guy, what heart he has. Man, it was crazy." USA Today Sports

With one tick left in one of the greatest NBA playoff series in Los Angeles history, Paul hit a bank shot to complete one of the city's greatest individual playoff games, giving the Clippers an 111-109 victory over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of a first round that felt like a Finals. "A series for the ages,'' said Clippers Coach Doc Rivers. For Paul, the Clippers leader who could barely walk yet somehow carried them, it was a game that defined a career. "I don't know," Paul said, his voice filled with the same wonder that fueled the Staples Center-shaking roars. "I came back.'' Los Angeles Times

“There was a lot of things going through my head,” Paul said. “You think about all season long, I think about Blake [Griffin], D.J. [DeAndre Jordan], a lot of guys on our team, we do everything we can to prepare for a game. You get your rest, you train, you work out, you eat right, try to take care of your body, and I was just overcome with emotion because I was frustrated, because I was like, ‘All this time, all season long, and then Game 7 my body is going to let me down.’ That's what it was all about right there.” ESPN.com

They embraced. Paul had tears in his eyes as rested his head on Duncan's chest and wouldn't let go of the back of his jersey, which was all twisted in his grip. "I just told him that I loved him," Paul told CBSSports.com, as he walked from the interview back to the locker room after the Clippers beat the Spurs 111-109 in Game 7 of their incredible first-round series to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. "I've been knowing Tim since I was 11 years old," Paul said, his strained left hamstring wrapped in an Ace bandage and his mind still spinning. "He's like a big brother to me. When we won Game 6, I went and hugged his nephew, who played on my AAU team. Shane Lowry; his sister's son." CBSSports.com

May 2, 2015 Updates

27 points, 13 shots, six assists and one hamstring. Chris Paul’s bucket with one second left gave the Clippers a 111-109 win Game 7, eliminating the NBA’s defending champion San Antonio Spurs. Paul, who came up lame late in the first quarter, battled through a strained left hamstring, carrying his team while he limped over every inch of the Staples Center court, hitting so many big shots, including the last. Orange County Register

May 1, 2015 Updates
April 27, 2015 Updates

When Doc Rivers walked into the locker room, the scene stopped him. Chris Paul called on the Clippers to congratulate the young guard responsible for saving the season and present him the game ball. Everyone clapped. Everyone let out a long, loud cheer for Austin Rivers. "For a moment, for a half second maybe, I became a dad in there," Doc Rivers told Yahoo Sports later on Sunday at the AT&T Center. The tears welled in his eyes, but he quickly wiped them away and stiffened in the concrete corridor. Yahoo! Sports

April 26, 2015 Updates
April 23, 2015 Updates

This Western Conference finals-worthy series is tied 1-1, with Game 3 coming in San Antonio on Friday and the defending champion Spurs having avoided an 0-2 deficit that so typically spells doom for the trailing team (245 of 261 teams that have trailed 0-2 in a seven-game playoff series have gone on to lose). It's safe to assume the pain of it all won't leave the Clippers' basketball souls until the next tip-off — at least. "We've got to finish," said Chris Paul, who had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds but missed a jumper over a contesting Tim Duncan at the regulation buzzer that would have won it. "We've been talking about it all season long. We had an opportunity here to win a game, go up 2-0, and didn't take full advantage of it. We've got to execute down the stretch. That's on me." USA Today Sports

April 22, 2015 Updates
April 21, 2015 Updates

Chris Paul received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente for the month of April. The award recognizes his contributions to his community through the Chris Paul foundation, which was founded by the Clippers' point guard in 2005 in honor of his late grandfather to provide scholarships for high school graduates to attend Wake Forest University. Los Angeles Times

April 20, 2015 Updates

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $25,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. McLemore designated Saint John’s Program for Real Change, which intends to buy a 15-passenger van to take homeless kids currently without transportation to and from school. The winner will be chosen by NBA judges and fan votes. The window for voting is April 20-27. This can be done with a post on Twitter, an NBA Facebook account, or an Instagram post by using the hashtags #NBACommunityAssist and #BenMcLemore. Cowbell Kingdom

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