The Los Angeles Clippers' chemistry is better now than ever, particularly between Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
“Oh, no question (it’s) better now than ever,” Paul told me on Friday. “Like I'm saying, we both have matured so much, and our communication is amazing right now, so sometimes it takes time. That's what (happened) with me and BG, and there's nothing like it right now. We are having some of the most fun that we've had in our time together.”
Fatherhood has changed the dynamic between Paul and Griffin. Griffin and his longtime girlfriend had their second child in mid-September while Paul has a seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.
“I know for me, when I got my family and my kids it gave me a different perspective on everything,” Paul said. “To see Blake now, with two kids and stuff like that, I just - it's different, you know what I mean? You see the sense of urgency, you know what I mean? I think we both share that, and understand that we've got everything that we could ever want, as far as an unbelievable family, you get to play the game that we love, and have all the accolades, and now we just want that one thing (the title that has eluded them both).”
Paul and Griffin both suffered season-ending injuries in last year's playoffs.
“I think we both share that too,” Paul said. “When the injuries happened last year to me and him in the playoffs, you appreciate stuff a lot more. And so you just don't take it for granted anymore.”