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Chris Paul's brilliance forces a Clippers-Jazz Game 7

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Paul was predictably the best player on the floor, and thanks to him, Los Angeles and Utah play a win-or-go-home Game 7.

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Chris Paul led the limping, undermanned Los Angeles Clippers to a Game 6 win in enemy territory to save their season. Paul did the heavy lifting with 29 points and eight assists while shooting better than 50 percent.

Do you really care that he has never been to a conference finals?

Paul didn’t ice the game in the fourth quarter on a long, contested jumper, which one his one sin in the frame. He scored just six points with two assists in the final 12 minutes, his quietest fourth quarter yet, given that he came into the game averaging more than 11 points on an excellent 58 percent True Shooting Percentage.

And you really only care that he has never been to a conference finals?

Even in a quiet fourth quarter, Paul did this, an absurd bit of shotmaking with a layup when the Clippers needed it most.

And it’s still about the conference finals with you guys, huh?

We’ve accepted that Paul is no longer the best point guard in the game, but the soon-to-turn 32-year-old is still too easily forgotten for his contributions in Los Angeles. There’s a nuanced discussion that we can have when the Clippers’ season ends, possibly in Game 7 on Sunday, about why his teams have never advanced deep into the postseason. I’m sure you’ve heard that he has never been to a conference finals. With the Warriors looming in the next round and Blake Griffin out for the year, that isn’t going to change in May.

That Paul, in his 75 career playoff games, averages 21 points, nine assists, five rebounds and two steals in the playoffs won’t stop comment sections from getting spammed with people saying he can’t win in big moments. That, statistically, isn’t true — he can’t win enough in big moments to get him to a conference finals, sure, but Paul has constantly come up huge in the most enormous games of his career. The blown 3-1 lead to the Rockets in 2015 will haunt him for a long time, but the crowning moment of his career came that same season in Game 5, when he led Los Angeles past the defending champs, San Antonio, while more or less playing on one leg.

In that series, Paul also led the Clippers to a victory in a must-win Game 6 on the road. On Friday, though facing another team under totally different circumstances, Paul pulled off that same Game 6 magic. Headed into Game 7, his hamstring is totally healthy, too.

On Sunday, can he pull off that magic once more?