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Chris Paul sees Grizzlies' Mike Conley approaching status as elite point guard in NBA

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    Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, (3) left, moves against Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley during the first half of Game 3 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) (The Associated Press)

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    Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley (11) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers' Ryan Hollins during the second half of Game 4 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, April 27, 2013. The Grizzlies defeated the Clippers 104-83. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) (The Associated Press)

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    Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups (1) moves the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) during the first half of Game 3 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston) (The Associated Press)

The Los Angeles Clippers are focusing much more of their attention on Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, and he has only himself to blame.

Conley is having a bit of a coming out party in this first-round series, scoring a postseason-best 28 points in Game 2, a performance he followed by handing out 10 assists with three steals and no turnovers, which hadn't been done in the NBA playoffs since John Stockton in 2001.

He topped that in Game 4, setting a Grizzlies' postseason record Saturday with 13 assists, 15 points and two turnovers.

Clippers guard Chris Paul says Conley is approaching elite point guard status in the NBA.

He's certainly been a big key as Memphis evened the series at 2-all with Game 5 on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.