Embarrassing first half by former Rockets PG Chris Paul should end title hopes
By Rob Leeds
Former Rockets guard Chris Paul was just a part of one of the largest collapses by a playoff team in recent memory. It looks like the Suns' season is over.
Phew. Chris Paul is probably wishing he was anywhere else on the planet right now other than that locker room after the half that he and his team just put together. Perhaps he remembers his Rockets days fondly.
What we just saw in the first half of the Suns-Mav game might be one of the biggest playoff collapses by a title contender of all time. This should go beyond just the sport of basketball.
Twenty-seven points in the first half is nothing short of a miracle offensively. One would think that with Devin Booker, Paul, and Deandre Ayton Phoenix would be able to do something to score points, but this trio has only accounted for six total points.
Yes, you read that right.
This isn't all on the Suns' stars, but Devin Booker and Chris Paul having three total points during an entire half of an elimination game is unimaginably bad.
Booker is trying to prove that he is one of the best players in the league. Chris Paul is trying to surpass other all-time greats at his position from a legacy standpoint with a ring. It is unlikely that either one of these things happens tonight.
The Suns are down an astounding 30 points at halftime. Almost nothing that we saw in the first half tells us that this Phoenix team has the legs to close that gap with any bit of certainity.
In fact, the much more likely end to this story is that the gap widens if the Suns keep playing like they are.
Chris Paul has certainly experineced better days. His recent string of games is a far cry from what he was able to do just last season or during his time with the Rockets, and one has to wonder what his future holds if he can't find a way to turn his game around in the second half.
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