Sneaker Watch: Chris Paul Issues The League A Friendly Reminder

words // Brandon Richard

Okay, so we're all a little guilty of writing Chris Paul off in those "Best Point Guard in the NBA" discussions. In my estimation, rightfully so. His numbers, nearly across the board, were about as low as they've been since his second year in the NBA. He seemed to be missing that first step that made him one of the league's biggest penetration threats and his shot hasn't been falling at the same clip. Saying that, he's still Chris Paul. For those that doubted him, he responded in a big way on Sunday.

With the 2-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on the other side of the court, Paul didn't look phased in the least. A day after Derrick Rose filled the stat sheets and re-emphasized his MVP resume, CP3 came up with a bigger performance in LA. Frequently making Derek Fisher his victim, Paul notched a video game-like 33 points, 7 rebounds, 14 assists and 4 steals to help the Hornets stun the Lakers 109-100.

In other action, the Memphis Grizzlies also pulled off a shocker, using big games from Zach Randolph and Mark Gasol to best the one-seeded San Antonio Spurs 101-98. Ray Allen continued to be one of the most clutch shooters in NBA history when he knocked down a huge 3 late in Boston's opener against the Knicks to steal the game 87-85. Finishing up the night, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets played a highly competitive game, but a combined 72 points from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook proved to be too much to overcome.

Take a look at some of the sneakers that were worn on day 2 of the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

Chris Paul wearing the Air Jordan XII

Chris Paul prepares for war in his old Air Jordan Retro 12 Player Exclusive.

Chris Paul wearing the Jordan CP3.IV

He then engages in a new colorway of the Jordan CP3.IV.

Derek Fisher wearing the adidas Crazy Light

CP3 left Derek Fisher looking like that pretty much all day; Fisher is wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy Light, by the way.

Emeka Okafor wearing the Nike Air Max Fly By

Emeka Okafor boxes out Andrew Bynum in a PE colorway of the Nike Air Max Fly By.

Jarrett Jack wearing the Nike Zoom KD III

Jarrett Jack with a nicely done Nike Zoom KD III iD.

Kobe Bryant wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Kobe Bryant posts in the "China" Nike Zoom Kobe VI; Willie Green defends in the Reebok Zig Slash.

Trevor Ariza wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low

Trevor Ariza meets up with some old friends in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse Low.

Ron Artest wearing the BALL'N Lay Up

Ron Artest debuted a new yellow-based colorway of the BALL'N Lay Up.

Ron Artest wearing the BALL'N Lay Up

Thing about Ron Artest - you never know why he makes a mid-game sneaker switch.

Antonio McDyess wearing the Jordan One6 One7

Beast on the Block Zach Randolph posts in the Nike Air Max Fly By; Antonio McDyess defends in the Jordan One6 One7.

Georgie Hill wearing the Nike Zoom BB II; Tony Parker in the Nike Zoom Brave IV

George Hill wearing the Nike Zoom BB II; Tony Parker in the Nike Zoom Brave IV.

George Hill wearing the Nike Zoom Sharkley

Hill then switched into the Nike Zoom Sharkley.

Tim Duncan wearing the adidas TS Bounce Commander

Tim Duncan fittingly showed flashes of his old self in the adidas TS Bounce Commander; Marc Gasol came up big in the Nike Air Max Fly By.

Matt Bonner wearing New Balance; Shane Battier wearing PEAK Battier V

Matt Bonner boxes out in New Balance Basketball shoes; Shane Battier is wearing the PEAK Battier V.

Mike Conley wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy Light

Mike Conley runs the show in the adidas adiZero Crazy Light.

Greivis Vasquez wearing the Under Armour Prototype

Greivis Vaques dribbles in his Under Armour Prototype PE.

Kevin Garnett wearing the ANTA KG1

Kevin Garnett being Kevin Garnett in the ANTA KG1.

Amar'e Stoudemire wearing the Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer

Amar'e Stoudemire boxes out in his Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer PE; Jeremaine O'Neal had a big game in the Nike Air Max Closer IV.

Bill Belichick @ the Knicks vs. Celtics Game

YES!!!!!!!!

Carmelo Anthony wearing the Jordan Melo M7; Jeff Green wearing the Nike Zoom Sharkley

Carmelo Anthony debuted a PE colorway of the Jordan Melo M7 Advance; Jeff Green defends in the Nike Zoom Sharkley.

Chauncey Billups wearing the adidas TS Lightning Creator

No Crazy Lights for Chauncey - he's sticking with his adidas TS Lightning Creator.

Rajon Rondo wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011

Rajon Rondo catches air in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011.

Landry Fields weraing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI

Landry Fields continues to wear iD colorways of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Ray Allen wearing Jordan Play In These F

Clutch. Jordan Play In These F.

Earl Smith wearing the Nike Zoom Kobe VI iD

Earl Smith pretends to play defense in an iD colorway of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI.

Kevin Durant wearing the Nike Zoom KD III

Kevin Durant with an acrobatic shot in the Nike Zoom KD III Playoffs.

Nazr Mohammed wearing the Nike Zoom KD III iD

Unlike Jarrett Jack, Nazr Mohammed's Nike Zoom KD III iD is terrible.

Nene wearing the adidas adiPure

Nene pretty much dunked on every member of the Thunder in the adidas adiPure.

Russell Westbrook wearing the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011

Russell Westbrook drives in his Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 PE.

Ty Lawson wearing the Nike LeBron 8 V/2; James Harden wearing Nike Zoom Kobe VI iD

Ty Lawson shoots in the "Entourage" Nike Air Max LeBron 8 V/2; James Harden defends in his Nike Zoom Kobe VI iD.

Wilson Chandler wearing the adidas adiZero Crazy Light

Wilson Chandler stuffs Kevin Durant in the "Sharp Blue" adidas adiZero Crazy Light.

images via ESPN