A qualifying series is rarely a long, calm river. On the contrary, it can often be likened to an emotional rollercoaster. Ask Chris Paul. Since his fourth quarter to 14 (out of 28) points in Game 2, the Phoenix leader has been living a nightmare against Dallas.
After his match from 3 to 12 points and more stray balls (7) assists (4), “Point God” of the league this time finished the fourth game with more errors (6) than points (4). All in the evening when his family was verbally abused and in addition to that…
“It was crazy, it was just so crazy”breathe on ESPN. “I cannot put myself in these situations where I am at the mercy of rulers. I have to look in the mirror and find a way to do better than that.”
Taken in his own game
He was forced into a foul from the first minute, 26 seconds into the match, Chris Paul piled up the wrong choices. And his coach Monty Williams is with him. With three fouls two minutes into the game, he should have been put off the bench.
Instead, he had a fourth foul, very dangerous in the first half, and even more so at this point in the competition…
“Everyone has their share of responsibility and that starts with me,” coach says. “I made some decisions that put us in a bad position. I should have taken Chris out of the match, especially before the break.”
Regarding the latter, it was Luka Doncic who responded to Chris Paul. After a missed shot near the circle, the Suns guard was kept in his tracks by playing offensive rebounds. The Slovenian fell easily after the friction, surrounded his opponent the referees and succeeded!
“I saw that he would rebound and that surprised me,” Luka Doncic says. “He asked me if he had pushed me too hard. I told him no, but it was a smart move. Yes, I know.”
Jason Kidd also appreciates seeing his players pull off Chris Paul’s mistakes.
“We’ve learned lessons from one of the best playmakers of all time on the other side. That’s cool” He also joked about the art of raising questionable flaws and playing with the rules.
More mistakes than points
Chris Paul’s Fifth Mistake interfered in another great classic for the leader to go and foul up his opponents. This time, however, it backfired. The referee of the game, Ken Fitzgerald, explains how he went so far.
Chris Paul went the way of a defender [Brunson] Without giving him the opportunity to avoid contact, which is why it is an offensive mistake. »
Set to the bench for nearly the entirety of the third quarter, Chris Paul came back into play in the fourth, shining since the start of these playoffs averaging nearly 10 points over the period. But, this time, there is no miracle for CP3 who saw his evening end with one last mistake.
Grabbing the wrist, but stealthily, of Galen Bronson, who was trying to regain his offensive bounce, Chris Paul was still held by the patrol. This is the fourth time in his career that Chris Paul has been disqualified from a playoff for six fouls.
“I have to watch the video and we’ll go from there. It all happened so fast [hier soir]. »
After being defeated twice in Dallas, the Suns are going home to try and find their directions. In two wins all over, the series is now played in the next three best matches. Tension rises!
“We’ll just play our game”, Devin Booker concludes. “We will play all our possessions fully, regardless of whether we feel the referees are with us or against us. We have to keep playing. We have all been through much worse situations in our lives. These are the qualifiers, these are the best teams and no one wants to lose.”
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