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Chris Paul mocks reporter: ‘Everybody in here laughing for a reason’ (vid)

Chris Paul was in an understandably grumpy mood following the Los Angeles Clippers’ 96-92 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Now down 2-3 in the series after the home-court, Game 5 defeat, Paul didn’t take too kindly to an inquiry during the post-game presser, openly mocking the reporter, saying, “Everybody in here is laughing for a reason.”

Paul, who led the way with a game-high 28 points for the Clippers to go along with nine assists and four rebounds, was gruff in his response to whether he felt the Clippers would win Game 6 in Utah and send the first-round series back to Staples Center for a divisive Game 7.

“What you think? I’m on the team,” Paul replied. “What you want me to say, ‘Nah, it’s over.’? That’s what you want to hear? Yes. Come on man, you’ve been doing this long enough. Seriously, right?”

The reported upped the ante in a manner of speaking — considering Paul’s incredulous reaction — by asking the Clippers point guard to “expand” upon the response.

But that only opened up the reporter up to Paul’s mockery.

“Nah, I don’t know,” Paul said. “Everybody in here laughing for a reason.”

The Clippers have dropped two straight games in the series, arguably in large part due to the absence of Blake Griffin, who has been declared out for the remainder of the postseason due to a plantar plate injury to his right big toe, as originally reported ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Los Angeles obviously will need a huge Game 6 performance Friday night out of Paul — and it wouldn’t hurt for other players in the lineup to help pick up the slack caused by Griffin’s injury — to force a Game 7 Sunday back on their home court.

But there was no way Paul was going to provide the Jazz any bulletin board material ahead of Game 6, no matter how much a reporter wanted him to do so.

[Dime Mag]