Sunday, November 9, 2008

Chris Paul thinks you should ignore Dwyane Wade thankyouverymuch (UPDATE: Now with video)

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click to enlarge CP3 dribbling

Photograph by Jonathan Bachman

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(UPDATE: Video of the dunk is now at the bottom of this post. Note at the end, where the video loops three times, in the top-right corner of the screen you can see Chris Paul waving his arms to get them to in bound the ball).

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While all the talk after last night's Hornets 100–89 win at the Hive was about Chris Paul's record-setting performance (he became the first player in NBA history to start the season with six-straight games with 20 points and 10 assists, breaking Oscar Robertson's record set in the '68-'69 season) all the Hornets players could talk about in the locker room was Dwyane Wade's play.

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Specifically, that monster dunk he had in the third quarter.

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David West was still aghast in the locker room after the game and talked about how, immediately after Wade threw it down, everyone was looking at Wade while Chris Paul was saying "stop staring at him." Paul, who was in the middle of being interviewed, looked at West and asked what he was talking about.

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"When Wade had that dunk and you said 'stop looking at him," West said again.

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"Well why were you looking at him?" Paul asked.

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"M***** f*****, that was an incredible play!" West responded to lots of laughter.

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"We ain't got time for that nonsense," Paul explained. "Y'all are looking at D-Wade, Mo Pete is saying something like 'box out' [more laughter] and what do I do? I go right down the court and get a foul and get those two points right back."

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"Man, that was an NBA Jam dunk," West said and then started saying "do it again! Do it again!" like in Dwyane Wade's Gatorade commercial.

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The general consensus in the locker room was that Wade was as fast and athletic as he's ever been. West was talking about how he got crossed-over when he wasn't even covering Wade and Tyson Chandler mimicked Wade's quick hands while talking about how he was trying to defend the Heat gaurd one way and then marveling how Wade disappeared from him.

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In all seriousness, though, where Wade is a force to be reckoned with, his team still lost. Wade's athletic ability is nearly unmatched in this league – or the world, for that matter – but Chris Paul's presence on a basketball court makes everyone around him better. Byron Scott also does well to push his star player, like when he was asked about Paul's record-setting performance, Scott said he had asked CP3 if he knew how many turnovers he'd committed. "That's what I do," Scott told the media after the game.

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For Paul, there is never a perfect game and he's always looking for that edge. That's why, while Hornets players on the court and bench were momentarily stricken by the ferocity of Wade's dunk (not forgetting that you could practically hear the crowd's collective jaws drop when it happened) Chris Paul was so focused that he instinctively drove down the court and drew a shooting foul and essentially nullified the previous play.

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For Chris Paul, the best way to beat an opponent is to completely forget even their most spectacular plays.

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