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Chris Paul cites defense as reason for Clippers' early success

PG Chris Paul claimed that the Clippers' defensive strides are the reasons why they're slowly ridding themselves of the "other team in Los Angeles" moniker.

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Clippers point guard Chris Paul suggested that the nickname "Lob City" might be a bit misleading, as he feels that Los Angeles is getting it done with defense, according to beat writer Eric Patten.

Here's what CP3 had to say about the team's new identity:

"It's amazing because our season is pretty much predicated on defense because we have the offensive firepower...The reason we're having fun right now is because we are defending."

As Patten points out, the Clippers lead the Western Conference in scoring at 102.6 PPG and have already broken 100 in eight of their first nine games. But what people might not realize is that they're also seventh in the NBA in points allowed (93.2 PPG) with Paul and his 2.33 steals per game leading the charge.

Paul does believe though that the team still has some areas to work on though, such as defensive rebounding and reading pump fakes better. But with the team already jumping out to the best nine-game start in franchise history, it's clear that whatever they're doing is working.