NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul probably played despite injury to Mavs

The Phoenix Suns failed after a debacle in game 7 against the Mavs in the playoffs. Chris Paul in particular recently disappointed that the Point Guard allegedly played with an injury. There is now a huge disappointment in Phoenix.

As Marc J. Spears (ESPN and Andscape) reported shortly after the clear 90: 123 bankruptcy of the Suns against Dallas, Paul dragged around with an injury to the left Quadriceps. The Point Guard is very slowly buzzing out of the arena. At the press conference, he did not want to take a position on his alleged injury.

Paul recently no longer performed well in the series against Dallas. After he had given the Pelicans with his deadly Midsprange game in round one, there was nothing to be seen in the past games. The 37-year-old put up only 13.4 points (55.4 percent FG) and 5.7 assists at 3.1 turnover. Especially in game 4 and 5, he literally dipped and in game 7 he met one of his four field throwing attempts at halftime.

Paul subsequently took responsibility for defeat in game 7. “This is about me as a point guard, as the leader of this team.” At the same time, Head Coach Monty Williams protected his players: “We played our worst game of the entire season today. I am responsible for it. I have to make sure that we are ready. We had an off-night and two very inconsistent weeks if we are honest. “

When asked about the greatest disappointment that evening, Devin Booker became clear. “It was a good old, old rubbing, from front to back,” said the all-star, who also acted weakly (11 points, 3/14 FG). “We have lost, that’s the greatest disappointment. And the way we lost.”

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Phoenix did not come into play right from the start, the offense had enormous problems against a strong Mavs defense and on the other side of the course the home side had no response to Luka Doncic. The Slovenian had as many points at the break as the entire Suns team (27), Dallas was at the front with +30. The game was decided.

“It was a difficult game,” was Paul’s analysis. “We relied on our defense all season. Today our defense was not there – and our offense was not.”

At the same time, the two Suns stars were already looking forward. “You have to stand for it, accept the defeat and continue,” said Booker. And Paul answered the question of whether that was his last chance of a title, defiantly: “We will come back next year, I can tell you. I will not end my career tomorrow. Hopefully I’m healthy, then I will play me simply further.”

However, the Deandre Ayton personnel could also provide discussions. The center was only on the court for 17 minutes, according to eyewitnesses there was a little deal with coach Williams during a break. He reacted to the question of why Ayton saw so little playing time: “This is internal.”

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NBA Playoffs: Mavs vs. Suns – The series at a glance

Game Date Home About result
1 3. May Phoenix Sun Dallas Mavericks 121: 114
2 5. May Phoenix Sun Dallas Mavericks 129: 109
3 7. May Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns 103: 94
4 8th. May Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns 111: 101
5 11. May Phoenix Sun Dallas Mavericks 110: 80
6 13. May Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns 113: 86
7 16. May Phoenix Suns Dallas Mavericks 90: 123