Francisco Garcia Hits Chris Paul with Intense Staredown

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

Nov 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard Francisco Garcia (32) reacts after making a basket during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Mavericks 113-105. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Fed up in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss, Francisco Garcia had had enough of Chris Paul's incessant prodding.

So the Houston Rockets forward leveled a menacing death stare at CP3 when the point guard tried to poke the ball away from him after the whistle. Behold Garcia's steely-eyed glare in all its glory:

Paul's Los Angeles Clippers had Lob Citied their way to a comfortable 15-point advantage by this point, so it's understandable that Garcia was pretty much out of patience. The defeat was Houston's first of the year, and it was a doozy.

The Clips ultimately won by a final score of 137-118, affirming their place atop the Western Conference and propelling their already league-leading offensive rating into the stratosphere.

This is what the Clippers are going to do this season. They'll put up points at an absurd rate, and they'll piss almost everyone off in the process.

Paul is a needler who loves nothing more than getting under the skin of his opponents, Blake Griffin drives everyone insane with his vast flopping repertoire and Doc Rivers has a bothersome habit of hassling officials long after the game has been decided.

Garcia's bug-eyed scowl was simply his way of saying, "You may have beaten us tonight, but if you touch me one more time, the Staples Center staff is going to need a spatula to scrape you off the floor."

I mean, I'm paraphrasing. But that seems about right.

And finally, does anyone want to bet that Paul's counterstare was at least three times meaner than Garcia's? It's a real shame we can't see CP3's mug from this angle, as we all know that Paul has an elite angry face.

He surely gave as good as he got in this instance, even though he started the whole affair.