Everyone was on high Nick Young alert well before the Los Angeles Clippers took on the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of their first-round series on Monday night, because TNT's cameras caught him walking in the bowels of the Staples Center in what Deadspin's Timothy Burke called "a fortune teller's tablecloth turned into a shirt." His shoes, captured via Instagram by teammate Mo Williams, similarly defied explanation. And we should have been on alert; you see a man walking into a pivotal playoff game rocking a half-denim, half-dorm-room tapestry top like that — there might actually be a bit of suede on the bottom there, too — and you assume he's ready to do some major-league damage.
Unfortunately, Young played a relatively minimal role in the Clips' Game 4 win, scoring five points on 1-of-4 shooting in just 19 minutes off the L.A. bench (though he did step into and smoothly drill a 3-ball that gave the Clips a five-point lead midway through the fourth quarter).
Normally, guys who are their teams' sixth-leading scorer and who logged one second of burn in overtime don't get invited to speak at the postgame press conference, and Young wasn't. But Chris Paul — the star whom everyone wanted to hear from after he delivered the Clippers a 3-1 lead with his remarkable floor game and overtime dominance — insisted that Young accompany him to the press room's podium, at least until fellow Game 4 star Blake Griffin (30 points on 15 shots, seven assists and five rebounds in a tough, breakout game) was finished getting dressed.
"Dress like a fool and you have to show it," Paul said, according to Pedro Moura of ESPN Los Angeles.
Judging by the smile on Young's face here, it doesn't seem like he minded showing it too much. And judging by the quizzical look that CP3's son — whom you might remember from rockin' a sympathy mask or showing us the Blake Face — is shooting Young here, he finds Swaggy P's ensemble as curious as the next man:
Here's hoping Young's able to take another trip to the Salvation Army on Eastman before the Clips travel to Memphis to try to close out the Grizzlies in Game 6 on Wednesday night. We're all waiting with bated breath to see what kind of winner he can pluck out next.
Screencap courtesy of SportsGrid's C.J. Fogler.
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