Is Chris Paul happy?

Last night, the Hornets clinched a playoff spot with a win against the Houston Rockets. After missing the postseason last year and a summer that saw Chris Paul maybe request a trade, you have to wonder if this little bit of success has left New Orleans’ star point guard with a feeling of jubilation.

So, Chris Paul, are you happy? From the AP:

“Man, I’m just happy. Most of all, I’m happy I’m healthy,” said Paul, who missed 37 games last season, the only season in the past four to finish short of the postseason. “Just the opportunity to go out there and play every night—my fiancee will tell you I’m just happy. I’m a happier person knowing that I’m getting a chance to at least give us a chance.”

Oh, good. I was kinda worried that maybe he wasn’t that happy because he’s always got that sourpuss look on his face, but when you use the word “happy” or its derivatives once per sentence in a postgame interview, you are probably pretty chipper. Questions answered, fears assuaged.

Glad that’s settled. So happy he’s happy. Back to work.