Eric Bledsoe has been able to capitalize on the increased playing time that followed the knee injury to All-Star point guard Chris Paul earlier this month. The former first-round pick out of Kentucky has been able to take charge at the point while also playing a complimentary role in the Clippers deep pecking order, which has continued to keep Los Angeles near the top of the Western Conference.
Going forward without Paul, it doesn’t appear Bledsoe slow down the Clippers quest through the West. He is proving to be a stat-sheet stuffer with his athleticism and young legs. Bledsoe over the last 10 games has shot poorly, but is still averaging 11.1 points, 5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.3 steals a game.
The Clippers did have a four-game losing streak during that stretch, but have since won two straight with Gordon at the point and now get the Toronto Raptors on the road Friday night.