Chris Paul on Clippers loss to the Bulls: “Tonight felt like a road game”
The Los Angeles Clippers aren’t off to an ideal start to the season at 5-4 after getting dismantled by the Chicago Bulls 105-89 on Monday night. Chicago was without both Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol and were down by as many as 14 points in the first half, but responded with a 31-14 third quarter outing that surged them towards a double-digit victory.
With the recent successes and sheer relevancy of the Clippers, the debate about who is the top team in LA has gained momentum. Fans in Los Angeles are often questioned about their true fandom, whether for the Lakers or the Clippers, and Chris Paul did some questioning of his own after Monday night’s home loss to the Bulls.
Chris Paul: “Tonight somewhat felt like a road game. It ain’t no secret. It’s not the first time.”
A Chicago-heavy crowd apparently made their presence felt in Staples Center when the Bulls made their third quarter run.
It’s a legitimate concern to wonder if you can trust the Clippers. Even with great talent and great coaching, there still seem to be holes in their roster, as I touched on before the season when we talked about if the Clippers would be ready to make a title run this season. Just as quickly as their fan base came running, they could be gone just as fast. As far as the battle of Los Angeles goes, Bulls big man and former Laker Pau Gasol weighed in, via Ben Bolch of the LA Times:
“I think Los Angeles is always going to be a Lakers city,” Gasol said. “Sixteen banners are 16 banners.”