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Paul praises Griffin display

27 February 2013 14:40

LA Clippers point guard Chris Paul hailed the performance of teammate Blake Griffin in Tuesday's defeat of the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Clippers' top two reserves, Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe, were both missing but Paul's side still cruised to a 106-84 victory at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

Griffin's star showing with 24 points was key in the victory, and Paul was grateful to have such a devastating asset on his side.

"You can't guard him when he takes off," Paul said of Griffins.

"Tonight they tried to load up and down all of the ball-screens. They put one guy on me and Blake's man would be over and trying to stop me from driving.

"When you're on a younger team you don't necessarily understand weak-side defence and Blake is the best at driving to the rim and if you're not there before he catches it you don't have a chance."

The Clippers recorded a season-high 34 assists for their sixth win in seven games.

But Griffin still sees room for improvement.

"We're playing alright, I think we can play better," he said.

"I think our chemistry is pretty good but we're missing guys here and there - it hurts. But getting everybody back hopefully; Eric Bledsoe will be back hopefully; Jamal will be back.

"Really it's just a matter of building from here. And as long as defensively we're together and defensively we have energy and are aggressive and play our game I think we're okay."

Next up for Griffin and the Clippers is a trip to the in-form Indiana Pacers.

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