Reporters seem to have memories as short as casual fans these days. Perhaps that’s why Chris Paul had to remind one of his time in Houston.
The Phoenix Suns sealed a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals last night with another assured performance. Giannis Antetokounmpo attempted his level best to bring the Bucks back, but the Suns answered every single run with authority.
It became a battle of 3s vs 2s at one point. Giannis took the ball to the rim with impunity in the 3rd, but the Suns were able to generate great looks 9/10 times.
Devin Booker was on fire from downtown, making 7 of his 12 3-point attempts. His shooting from range opened up driving lanes for Chris Paul to get into the teeth of the defense and deliver even better passes.
Consequently, Jae Crowder bounced back from a torrid Game 1. Cam Johnson was his efficient self as well, while Mikal Bridges had yet another breakout performance from both the perimeter as well as from the mid-range and on cuts.
This was a complete performance on the offensive end from the Suns. If they can keep this going in Games 3&4, the Bucks will be in danger of getting swept.
“Yeah, I played in Houston”: Chris Paul reminds reporters of his pedigree with James Harden
Chris Paul clearly holds his time in H-Town in high regard given the results they were able to achieve. They fell short of the NBA Finals in 2018 based on a torrid shooting night.
The very essence of the Rockets’ offensive identity was to eliminate contested mid-range jump shots. Consequentially, they ended up setting NBA records for attempts from downtown all through the 2010s.
Most reporters would be aware of this piece of context, especially while interviewing a prospective Finals MVP during the series. But this reporter probably had his prepared question ‘stolen’ by someone, which is why his abomination of a query got shot down pithily by Chris Paul. Do take a look at the tweet below.
Reporter: Have you gotten used to how non-abnormal it seems for a team to hit 20 3-pointers in a game?
Chris Paul: I played in Houston.
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) July 9, 2021