Disrespecting Their Elders; Paul, Hornets Pummeling Spurs in Conference Semifinals

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Byline: Mike Jones, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Everyone knew Chris Paul was pretty darn good. Some even would have said borderline great.

But with the way he has flat out embarrassed the San Antonio Spurs in the first two games of this series, there's no borderline about it. He's flippin' spectacular.

In Game 1 he notched 17 points, 13 assists and four steals, and New Orleans won 101-82. OK, impressive. But there's no way the Spurs - one of the best defensive teams in the league - would let that happen again in the same series.

But what happened in Game 2? Paul had his way with the Spurs, finishing with 30 points and 12 assists as the Hornets won 102-84.

Suddenly a team that didn't even make the playoffs last season - mustering a 39-43 record - has the defending champion Spurs - winners of four titles in the last nine years - in trouble.

So the regular season, when the young Hornets challenged for the best record in the West, wasn't a fluke.

Chris Paul and the young Hornets look like title contenders, while San Antonio's cast looks old, slow and baffled.

Kobe Bryant just took home MVP honors, but Paul is making all the voters who listed him as first runner-up wish they had a do-over.

The playoffs are where legends are made, and CP3 definitely has set out to pen his tale. Already impressive in a regular season in which he averaged 21.1 points and 11.6 assists, he has been even better in the playoffs. In seven games - five spent dismantling the Dallas Mavericks and the last two against the Spurs - Paul has averaged 24.3 points and 12.1 assists.

It's like one of those video games. You have the controls in hand, you are Paul and you can make him do whatever you want. The opposing team has no way of stopping him.

And he's fueling his teammates to spectacular performances.

The Hornets seem to have an answer to all of the Spurs' surefire options. …