Los Angeles Clippers

Chris Paul Has Worst Shooting Night in Clippers Franchise History

Mar 26, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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Jim CavanContributor IMarch 27, 2014

If you can find a game this year featuring more diametrically opposed fortunes for two players on the same team than what Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul just experienced Wednesday night, I will eat a fern.

First, there was this: Crawford breaking his own Los Angeles Clippers record for three-pointers in a season (167), while passing Steve Nash for No. 11 on the NBA’s all-time list.

Then, there was this:

You read that right, folks: the worst performance in Clippers history.

The Clippers! The Clippers played all their games in the 1980s in the basement of the San Diego Public Library! OK, that's not true. But if it were, would it really surprise you?

Seriously, do you know who the Clippers’ top five scorers were during the 1999-2000 season? Do you?

Lamar Odom, Maurice Taylor, Derek Anderson, Tyrone Nesby and Michael Olowokandi.

I’d expect Tyrone Nesby to shoot 0-of-12, like, five times on one road trip before I’d expect Paul to do it once.

Anyway, that’s terrible. It probably didn’t help that the Clippers ended up losing to CP3’s former team, the New Orleans Pelicans, 98-96.

Here’s hoping the Clippers removed all glass or otherwise breakable objects from the visitors’ locker room.

You know what the most tragic thing of all this is, though? Crawford—you know, that guy who made seven three-pointers? Well, he missed one to win the game. What was his reaction?

What? No! No, Jamal. It is decidedly not your bad. It’s Cliff’s bad. I mean Chris. Chris’ bad!

Anyway, it doesn't sound like CP3's that brokenhearted about the whole thing.

So, that’s a weird night. With how well the Clippers have played of late, don’t expect this loss to linger too long—although Thursday’s date with the Dallas Mavericks has all sorts of scintillating playoff implications.

My predictions for Thursday are as follows.

Paul: 86 points, 29 assists, 15 rebounds on 35-of-37 shooting.

Crawford: zero points, 0-of-12 from distance, leaves the game in the third quarter because he’s hungry and wants tacos.

The universe isn’t just going to balance itself out, you guys.

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