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Chris Paul’s inbound pass steal during victory over Toronto Raptors

Talk about rubbing salt in the wound

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Los Angeles Clippers
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Chris Paul stole the ball from DeMar DeRozen on an inbound pass at the end of the LA Clippers 123-115 victory over the Toronto Raptors. While this kind of play may not exactly help Paul’s reputation with fans around the league, it is a strong claim to the oft-ignored and currently vacant title of MIPS (Master Inbound Pass Stealer.)

The last holder of the MIPS title was ex-LA Clippers back-up point guard Pablo Prigioni. As I’m sure you all know, the most recent holder of the prestigious MIPS title is the one who chooses the succeeding player and cannot vote for himself, meaning the title is vacated at the end of each season and a new player is chosen.

Prigioni had this to say about the play, “While [Chris Paul’s] sprint from half court at full speed strategy worked out this time, I’d like to see a little more sneakiness. He’s short enough to hide behind one of the big guys. To each his own though.”

Other current competitors for this season’s MIPS title are Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo.