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Chris Paul says training camp was 'one of the best' he's ever had

Chris Paul says training camp was 'one of the best' he's ever had
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, right, speaks with guard Chris Paul during training camp in Las Vegas on Sept. 30. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Training in Sin City apparently was a big hit with the Clippers.

"Obviously everyone was a little skeptical about going to Las Vegas, but I think it was great, one of the best training camps that I've been a part of," Chris Paul said.

Paul said that because Coach Doc Rivers is now in his second year with the team, he and his teammates had a much stronger grasp of what they needed to do and how to do it, allowing them to zero in on the particulars of Rivers' plan.

"You sort of know what to expect from practice, the offense; you pay attention to everything that we do," Paul said. "We understand how important the details are, not skipping steps and things like that."

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Paul said that when he was talking recently with teammate J.J. Redick, he was reminded of another thing the Clippers have going for them -- their starting lineup is returning.

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"This is the first time since I've been in the league that I've been with the same starting five that we had last season," Paul said.

The superstar point guard said he's excited to apply what the team has practiced in camp to a game. The Clippers host the Golden State Warriors in their first exhibition of the season Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.

Paul cautioned, however, that the preseason really doesn't mean much, pointing to his final season in New Orleans, when the Hornets went 1-7 in exhibition play then began the season with a record of 11-1.

"We don't want to read too much into it, but at the same time, you still try to get into a rhythm and make sure everything is going right," he said.

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