Posted by Charlie Widdoes on April 3 Saved by the star Quite simply, the Clippers are where they are because of Chris Paul. This is not groundbreaking news. This year, he trails only LeBron James (31.94) in pace-adjusted PER, at 29.53. It’s a piece that can and has been written every year of his career, but he is so good that he can take just about any team to the playoffs. Once there, the idea goes that by virtue of being the something like the second-most dangerous player in the game, he gives you a chance to win. Whereas guys like Griffin give back their most of their production on the defensive end, Paul being responsible for the bulk of the team’s point guard minutes — although his backup, Eric Bledsoe, has chipped in admirably on the defensive end — has held opponents to a 12.9 PER. On a team with no position contributing a significant positive net difference, the +10.3 from Clipper point guards really jumps off the page. It’s why they are who they are. Positivity is great. Any fan should be so lucky to feel good about his or her team. As Clipper fans, it’s tough not to when you’ve been through all the heartbreak and suddenly you have Chris Paul leading the way. We weathered the storm in New Orleans — for those of us who were there, literally — but as they head into their first meaningful late-season matchup against the Lakers in years, let’s remember that the Clippers face many of the same issues today as they did on March 22nd. With that said, the West may very well be up for grabs, and there are still the same reasons to be positive.