Former Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker has beaten almost all of his former Rockets teammates this postseason. Tucker’s Milwaukee Bucks have defeated Trevor Ariza and the Miami Heat, James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets, to Clint Capela and the Atlanta Hawks.
Will Chris Paul and the Suns be next? Can the Bucks help Tucker knock off all of his former Houston Rockets teammates?
That answer will be no. In spite the two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Herculean efforts, Milwaukee’s role players haven’t shown up.
This includes Tucker himself, who didn’t shoot the corner three so well when he was with the Houston Rockets this season. The Phoenix Suns have too much firepower and two young superstars on the rise in Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker.
Both young stars have shown up tremendously in these playoffs, but no one has shown up bigger than former Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul. Paul has been waiting for 16 years and has been very hungry to make it to these Finals and win.
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Now he and the Phoenix Suns are just two wins away from winning their first NBA Championship in franchise history. Chris Paul will be the second Former Houston Rockets player to win an NBA Championship since Robert Horry, who did it with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000-2002 and with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005 and 2007.
I think this goes to show that the Houston Rockets and James Harden gave up on Chris Paul and that whole 2018 ” Run As One” team. Because that Rockets team could’ve been in the Finals two years ago and could’ve been in the Finals this year.
It’s a fair assumption that the Rockets would’ve won at least 2 out of 3 trips to those Finals but Rockets fans will never know. Now both James Harden and the Houston Rockets will have to watch the player they both wanted out of Houston win his first NBA Championship in Chris Paul.