The Suns seemed to have a point more energy and lucidity than their rivals throughout the game, perhaps because of the additional rest they had before facing these Finals.
Chris paul grabbed the first round of the NBA Finals with the determination of who has waited 16 years, more than 1,200 games, to reach that moment. Who has many bills to pass.
Only two years ago Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Houston RocketsAt the time, his team said that Paul had the worst contract (40 million per season) they had ever seen, in or out of sport. It is also only two years since the Phoenix suns they ended up with the worst record in the NBA. 19 wins in 82 games.
And there they are both today, Chris paul and the Phoenix suns, winning the first match of the NBA Finals against the Milwaukee bucks (118-105) with one (other) performance to frame the base. 32 points (16 in the third quarter) and nine assists. No one since Michael JordaHe hadn’t signed those numbers on his Finals debut. Sure nobody saved Kevin willis (1,428) had played as many games (1,214) before getting it.
Paul He is one of the best point guards in history, but his time in the playoffs is a mural of disappointment and misfortune. Injuries almost always. Own (and the medical history will be inexhaustible) or stars of your team, if not both.
And in these playoffs, of course, he’s had his share of scares. The shoulder injury in the first game against the Lakers. Or the positive for coronavirus that made him miss the first two duels of the West End.
He returned for the third, and suffered an injury to the ligaments in his right hand that still forces him to play with it bandaged. It did not prevent him from executing the Clippers with 41 points in the decisive game, nor to appropriate the first game of the Finals. From ‘his’ first Finals game.
Paul It is the adult voice in a young locker room that with him has grown two feet in one year. Devin Booker accompanied with 27 points and DeAndre Ayton, with 22 points and 19 rebounds. Between the three of them they held off about Milwaukee bucks who only seemed to cut back on the final stretch when they started playing with a small quintet, after seeing Paul torture Brook lopez at every change.
Quiz Mike budenholzer, technician Milwaukee, did not want to demand so much and so soon from Giannis Antetokounmpo, he doubts until the last hour because of that ugly knee gesture that made him miss the end of the series against Brooklyn and it may well have cost him the season.
“I thought I was going to be out for a year, so I’m happy to be back two games later,” said the Greek, who signed 20 points and 17 rebounds.
He also has his bills, if any, to pay, but Chris paul He wasn’t going to let this first round be anyone’s.