Chris Paul Play Calling

Chris Paul’s Playoff Troubles

For all of the success Chris Paul has been able to achieve throughout his nine-year career, playoff success has proven to be elusive.

While he has been able to lead his team into the postseason, Paul has been able to win a series just twice and has a career record of 16-24 in the playoffs.

Chris Paul UpsetChris Paul’s playoff career is a losing record of 16-24

When Paul has been on the floor, he has won 59.4 percent of his regular season games, but that percentage has dipped to just 40 percent once the playoffs begin.

However his stats are nearly the same, the seven-time All-Star is averaging 19.1 points and 9.9 assists during his career. In 40 career playoff appearances, has posted 20.9 points and 9.5 assists per game.

The problem may be Paul showing a tendency to shift from distributor into a primary scoring role.

During the 2012-13 regular season, the 6-foot guard led the league in assist percentage, accounting for 46.5 percent of the assists for the Clippers.

Once the playoffs began, that figure dropped to 33 percent.

His shot attempts increased by 1.3 per game once the postseason began.

Part of the need for the increased shot attempts can be explained by the rotations growing shorter in the postseason, but in Paul’s case, it was also out of necessity.

The Clippers often hid Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the starting big men, in late game situations to avoid the opponent intentionally fouling them.

Blake Griffin and Deandre JordanThe Clippers often hid Griffin and Jordan in late games last postseason due to their horrid free throw shooting

This season, Griffin has increased his free throw shooting to a career-high 71.5% and has enough of a low post game to remain on the floor in crunch time.

By having his All-Star power forward playing beside him at the end of games, Paul is hoping to finally lead the Clippers to a deep run in the playoffs.


This article was written by Brendan Galella of

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