Patrick Beverley: Suns should’ve benched Chris Paul

NBA on ESPN: @patbev21 Patrick Beverley says the Suns should’ve benched Chris Paul instead of Deandre Ayton 👀 “They benched the wrong person. They should’ve benched Chris.” (via @GetUpESPN )
Source: Twitter

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I, for one, can’t believe the dude who shoved Chris Paul in the back after he got 41 points dropped on his head in a closeout Western Conference Finals game, would go on national TV and say bad things about him! Surely unfiltered truth we’re getting there. – 12:00 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Ayton’s fantastic.” JJ Redick.
“He’s OK.” Patrick Beverley.
The start of a debate between those two about Deandre Ayton. #Suns #NBAPlayoffs2022 #Mavs AM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Pat Bev in the Hate Hard HOF – 11:17 AM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
The 5 blown series for CP3 with an 2-0 lead is a bit unfair. He missed games 5-6 in 2016 against Portland with injury. Let’s be honest here – 11:07 AM

Jabari Davis @JabariDavisNBA
Need Pat Bev and Dray on a show together – 11:02 AM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Watching Pat Beverley on ESPN has me thinking of other active NBA players who will be really good on TV (if they want) post-retirement:
Draymond Green
Jimmy Butler
Blake Griffin
Damian Lillard
PJ Tucker
Spencer Dinwiddie
CJ McCollum
Donovan Mitchell
Grant Williams
Georges Niang – 11:02 AM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
Where Pat Bev says the Suns benched the wrong guy.
Where JJ Redick says Suns should’ve traded for Rockets Eric Gordon at the deadline. AM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Pat Bev is pumping out so many bonkers takes that First Take won’t even go to commercial they’re just gonna refund all the sponsors. – 10:48 AM

Jabari Davis @JabariDavisNBA
alright, stall him out Pat Bev. damn 😂 – 10:37 AM

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Keep putting Pat Bev on TV.
No notes, no changes. – 10:36 AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Pat Bev woke up and put on a white polo shirt and walked over the ESPN studio and chose violence
dude said Suns should have played Elf Payton over CP3 lol – 10:30 AM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Chris Paul: I’m not retiring. AM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Pat Bev got up this blessed Monday morning choosing violence 💀💀 – 10:24 AM

Vince Edwards @VE_12
Aye yo PatBev on one this morning! 😭😭 – 10:22 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
5 takeaways from Phoenix #Suns’ Game 7 flop vs. Dallas #Mavericks with Deandre Ayton’s ‘internal,’ with Monty Williams Devin Booker missing and Chris Paul falling short again after being up 2-0 in series #NBAPlayoffs #NBAPlayoffs2022 #Mavs via @azcentral AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Leaders in each statistical category in the Mavs-Suns series:
1. Luka Doncic: 228
2. Devin Booker: 164
1. Doncic: 49
2. Chris Paul: 40
1. Doncic: 69
2. D. Ayton: 57
1. Doncic: 15
2. Mikal Bridges: 9
1. Doncic: 22
2. Crowder: 16 – 10:06 AM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Patrick Beverley says James Harden should have won MVP “maybe three times” when he was with the #Rockets. “When I played with him, he was doing things I’ve never seen a basketball player ever do.” – 9:54 AM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Oh boy, Pat Bev just said the league calls CP a “cone” on defense on Get Up. – 9:42 AM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Patrick Beverly is going IN on CP3 right now on “Get Up.”
“He can’t guard.”
“He’s a cone.”
“Ain’t nobody losing sleep over CP3 and the Phoenix Suns.”
“Give him the Ben Simmons slander. The PG-13 slander.” AM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Pat Bev: “Ain’t nobody worried about Chris Paul when you play the Phoenix Suns.”
Pat Bev also adds that Chris Paul “can’t guard anyone.”
This dude needs to be hired by ESPN the day he retires. – 9:38 AM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
🗣 “Chris Paul was a completely different player.”
@Brian Scalabrine tells @Frank Isola that Jason Kidd’s approach to Chris Paul was what shut him down.
#dALLasIN | #NBAPlayoffs AM

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Love listening to this group breaking down the NBA playoffs. Pat Bev and JJ say it like it is, and Windy also unafraid to speak his mind and not worried about what agents, execs think. AM

Lang Greene @LangGreene
Spencer Dinwiddie outscored Chris Paul, Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton (who were at home) combined in a Game 7. – 9:23 AM

Michael Dugat @mdug
Seems like Beverley is a pretty big fan of Chris Paul … or not – 9:11 AM

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
You don’t have to agree with everything Patrick Beverley is saying on ESPN, but an active player calling people out from the commentary desk is intriguing. May need an emoji higher than 💯 for him. AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Luka in the Suns series:
— More points than Booker
— More rebounds than Ayton
— More assists than CP
— More steals than Mikal AM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Chris Paul has been lauded for his control on the game, but too many times he’s been powerless when his teams lose control of critical games and series. Father Time is a’coming AM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
On @GetUpESPN it’s good to hear @Patrick Beverley call out CP3 and also Monty. But can’t overlook how Jason Kidd dominated this series with adjustments and game plan. Used his chess pieces better than the Coach of the Year. #Mavs #nba8:19 AM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Chris Paul: I’m not retiring tomorrow, thank God…7:25 AM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Do you feel bad for Chris Paul? – 6:06 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Chris Paul says he’s not retiring after Game 7 blowout to Mavs…5:00 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Defensively, we just never caught up with the ball.” Chris Paul after #Suns Game 7 loss to #Mavs. #NBAPlayoffs2022 #NBAPlayoffs AM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
New for @YahooSports: Father Time catching up to Chris Paul as youth is serving notice. He’ll be around tomorrow but will tomorrow wait for him? AM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Hear what Devin Booker and Chris Paul had to say after the Phoenix Suns’ Game 7 loss to the Dallas Mavericks: AM

J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
Im rewatching this game and scanning Twitter that’s blaming CP3 for everything bc why not? He’s easy to loathe. I get that. But how did the Suns’ best player do? And that guy ain’t CP3 – 12:31 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Great question from @Marc J. Spears for Chris Paul about whether he’d thought about this possibly being his best chance at a title.
“Not at all….I think for me, us, it’s, ‘we’ll be right back next year.’ I’m not retiring tomorrow, thank God.” AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“We didn’t reach our goal. So I don’t think anything matters except for everybody just trying to get a little bit better for next season” – Chris Paul PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Huge summer for the Suns. It’s difficult not to feel like the last two seasons were the best chances they’re going to have with this roster iteration. About to have to spend a ton of money, CP a year older, and if the West gets back to being healthy it’s gonna be a bloodbath. – 11:16 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
So insincere! Chris Paul couldn’t answer whether the Mavs did anything defensively to make him a non factor after G2. Said he’d have to look at (tomorrow?). Too soon. Too abrupt. Really? No wonder no adjustments were made. No wonder they got demolished! – 11:07 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Chris Paul: “You play long enough, and you don’t win, every time you lose, they’re going to say it was your best chance. I think for me, us, we’ll be right back next year. I’ll tell you that much. I’m not retiring tomorrow. Thank God. Hopefully, I’m healthy.” PM

David Locke @DLocke09
The NBA is fragile.
Phoenix just went from far and away best team in the NBA all season to out in 2nd round with a seemingly significant DeAndre Ayton issue and Chris Paul on a 4 year 120 million deal – 10:53 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Suns point guard Chris Paul limped out of the arena with a very slow walk. @andscape learned that Paul had a left quad injury. When asked about his quad injury, Paul declined comment. – 10:52 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
“I’m not retiring tomorrow. I’m healthy. I’m going to come back. Keep playing,” Suns guard Chris Paul said. – 10:42 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Chris Paul: “We’ll be right back here next year … I’m not retiring” – 10:42 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Chris Paul on this possibly being his best shot at a title: “They said that last year. They probably said it back in ’08. Every time you lose, they’re gonna say it’s your best chance…but we’ll be back next year. I ain’t retiring tomorrow, thank God.” – 10:42 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
These two.
Devin Booker X Chris Paul = Final game of season. #Suns #NBAPlayoffs2022 #Mavs #NBAPlayoffs PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Chris Paul was asked if he was going through something the past few games. He said no, adding that Monty Williams took the blame for this collapse but it should be on him instead.
“That’s on me as the point guard, as the leader of the team.” – 10:39 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Chris Paul was asked twice in different ways whether he was physically okay in this series, and he sort of ducked it both times. Chalked it up just not playing up to their standards – 10:39 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
“That’s on me as the point guard, the leader of the team,” Suns guard Chris Paul said. – 10:39 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Chris Paul: “I have a text from my son after the game saying, ‘Lets get in the gym.’” – 10:38 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
36-year-old Chris Paul in 2022 postseason: 69 FGs, 13 turnovers in 8 games (Suns 6-2)
37-year-old Chris Paul in 2022 postseason: 18 FGs, 18 turnovers in 5 games (Suns 1-4) – 10:36 PM

Nick Wright @getnickwright
The Booker/CP3 presser just started.

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Chris Paul is already in the media press conference room ready to take questions as Monty Williams is taking his turn. – 10:27 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Radio Roulette is LIVE @UnderdogFantasy
– The Game 7 ass-kicking of the modern era
– Luka Doncic’s revenge
– How will we tell the story of Chris Paul?
– Devin Booker rekt
– The Raptor
Talking about it all now, join us! ⬇️…10:17 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
Devin Booker and Chris Paul ever since “The Luka Special” was uttered PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
This is the 5th time a Chris Paul led team has blown a 2-0 playoff series lead in his career. His teams are 5-5 in series where they’ve taken a 2-0 lead after this loss to the Mavericks. – 10:11 PM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
CP3 in these 7 games: 65 FGA/40 assists/22 turnovers – 10:10 PM

Bill Reiter @sportsreiter
Might have some things to say about Chris Paul and the Suns on the radio tomorrow morning. – 10:09 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Chris Paul playoff averages before his 37th birthday:
22.6 points, 9.9 assists, 1.6 TOVs
Chris Paul playoff averages since his 37th birthday:
9.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.6 TOVs – 10:09 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Chris Paul is never gonna win a title and that’s gonna suck – 10:07 PM

Zach Kram @zachkram
Chris Paul had taken 10+ shots in 21 of his last 22 playoff games, dating back to the second round last year.
He didn’t take 10+ shots in *any* of the last 5 games. He averaged 9.4 points per game in that span. What happened? – 10:05 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
CP3 since turning 37 (5 games):
27 assists
22 turnovers
20 fouls
17 baskets
The Point God has an expiry date of exactly 37 years. PM

Drew Shiller @DrewShiller
Chris Paul fell short? PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Credit Luka Doncic, Jason Kidd and the Mavs. They made good adjustments, took away Chris Paul’s spots, neutralized Devin Booker and dominated at home. Then played with nothing to lose in Game 7 and absolutely steamrolled the NBA’s No. 1 seed on the road – 9:57 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Chris Paul is the first player ever to blow five 2-0 leads in a best-of-7 series.
2-0 vs Spurs in 2008
2-0 vs Grizzlies in 2013
2-0 vs Blazers in 2016
2-0 vs Bucks in 2021
2-0 vs Mavs in 2022
He is also the only player to blow four 2-0 leads. PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
1-2-CP3-Cancun? – 9:52 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Chris Paul, after scoring 14 of his 28 pts in the 4th Q of Game 2:
Game 3 – 12 pts on 5-of-9, 7r, 4a, 7tos – L
Game 4 – 5 pts on 2-of-4, 5r, 7a, 6fouls – L
Game 5 – 7 pts on 3-of-8, 2r, 10a, 4tos – W
Game 6 – 13 pts on 4-of-7, 2r, 4a, 5tos – L
Game 7 – Down by 40 before 1st FG – 9:51 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Chris Paul has lost 4 straight Game 7s.
He is 3-5 in his career. PM

J. Michael Falgoust @ThisIsJMichael
Take all your rotation players off the floor now Jason Kidd. CP3 might castrate them all out of spite – 9:51 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
This final result goes a lot further than one player, but I’m already wondering what the Chris Paul diagnosis is going to be – 9:51 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Can’t remember a team hunting Chris Paul like this and being so successful – 9:49 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
This is the 6th time a Chris Paul team has blown a 2-0 or 3-1 series lead
2008 vs San Antonio (2-0)
2013 vs Memphis (2-0)
2015 vs Houston (3-1)
2016 vs Portland (2-0)
2021 vs Milwaukee (2-0)
2022 vs Dallas (2-0)
He has never won a series after trailing 2-0 or 3-1 – 9:48 PM

Jeff Wade @SkinWade
What is Chris Paul thinking right now? – 9:46 PM

Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
Unpopular Opinion:
This wasn’t a legacy game for Chris Paul. No, he doesn’t have any hardware and does have some glaring playoff duds on his resume. But he’s been playing HOF level hoop for 17 years. He will go down as one of the greats. – 9:38 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’m honestly amazed Lakers Twitter hasn’t given me a Chris Paul-for-Russell Westbrook trade machine screenshot yet. – 9:33 PM

Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
God bless you Allie for the nicest possible “Chris Paul is old” report. – 9:30 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Chris Paul will have been part of five of the last 13 blown 2-0 leads when tonight is over. – 9:29 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Payne checks in for Chris Paul. #Suns down 75-36 with 5;45 left in 3rd. #Mavs #NBAPlayoffs20229:28 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Cancun waiting for Chris Paul every year PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
I’ve never seen a cliff dive as dramatic as CP3’s 37th birthday – 9:27 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Chris Paul did not score a field goal in Game 7 until the Suns were trailing by 40 points. Just a stunning night. – 9:26 PM

David Thorpe @coachthorpe
What happened to Chris Paul after game two? – 9:25 PM

Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
This is the second-most vicious ass kicking Chris Paul has taken in his postseason career. – 9:23 PM

Rick Noland @RickNoland
CP3 looked so good 3 wks ago. Now I wonder how much is left in tank – 9:22 PM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
Chris Paul scoring this series vs Mavs:
Gm 1: 19 pts, Suns win
Gm 2: 28 pts, Suns win
Gm 3: 12 pts, Suns lose
Gm 4: 5 pts, Suns lose
Gm 5: 7 pts, Suns win
Gm 6: 13 pts, Suns lose
Gm 7 at half: 0 pts, Suns down 30
Had 47 pts in 1st 2 games, just 37 pts in 4 & a half games since. – 9:18 PM

Greg Dickerson @gregdickerson13
If booker wants to be considered elite, he can’t be 0-7 in a game 7….and I won’t even start on the disaster chris Paul is right now – 9:18 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Chris Paul has had a combination of ugly collapses, unlucky breaks and ill-timed injuries.
Up 2-0 and going out with 5 straight bad performances after going 64-18 might take the cake.
You have to wonder if this is CP’s last real shot at that elusive ring. – 9:14 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Points at the half:
1 — Chris Paul
2 — Devin Booker
3 — Deandre Ayton
4 — Mikal Bridges
5 — Jae Crowder PM

Adam Lauridsen @GSWFastBreak
Chris Paul: 19 minutes, 1 point, -28. – 9:07 PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Down 30 at the half at home in Game 7?! This series flipped in G4 when the Mavs (and officials) targeted CP3 and took him out of the game. Jason Kidd is dominating this series as much as Luka. – 9:05 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
This is incredibly shocking. West champion Suns down 30 points at halftime to visiting Dallas. Luka 27. Dinwiddie 21. CP and Booker combined 0-for-11 from the field. PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
They’ve been tending negatively this whole series against the Mavericks but now don’t recognize this Suns team. At all. That had to be the worst first half they’ve played all season. Chris Paul isn’t dictating a thing. Ayton and Booker are the complete opposite of automatic. SMH – 9:00 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
27 points total in a half in a Game 7 home game. Chris Paul teams constantly haunted by the number 27. – 9:00 PM

Nick Wright @getnickwright
I said it on @FTFonFS1 right after it happened… But CP3 & Booker mocking Luka at the Game 2 presser had REAL LBJ & Wade mocking Dirk during ‘11 Finals vibes.
Then, Booker pulled the “Luka Special” bullshit.
Now, Luka has 27 at the half… and CP3 & Booker have made ZERO shots. – 9:00 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
At the half, Maxi Kleber has as many points as Devin Booker and Chris Paul combined.
Maxi Kleber has 3 points. PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
At halftime, Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have combined for 6 points on 1-of-15 shooting from the field. – 8:58 PM

Patrick Beverley @patbev21
Told y’all LuKA – 8:58 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Luka outplaying all of CP3, Booker and Ayton? Ok. Suns can live with that.
but Dinwiddie????? – 8:56 PM

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
If Chris Paul and Devin Booker don’t make a shot, the Phoenix Suns will not win this game! #MagicTweets8:53 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Luka Doncic: 19 points and 9 rebounds.
Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton: 6 points and 6 rebounds.
Wow. – 8:53 PM

Dwain Price @DwainPrice
With 2:45 left in the second quarter, Maxi Kleber has come off the bench to score as many points as Devin Booker and Chris Paul combined — 3. – 8:53 PM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Booker and CP3 are 0 for 9 combined and it feels worse. – 8:52 PM

Nick Wright @getnickwright
Between Tatum’s & Booker’s performances the past 3 days, Club Superstar’s admissions policy has never looked smarter.
Now… we might have to look at if CP3 is actually sitting in Jimmy Butler’s seat in the club. PM

Patrick Beverley @patbev21
Yal stay locked in, let’s see who pulls the fake hurt move down a dub – 8:49 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
3 fouls on Deandre Ayton, which is 2 more field goals than Ayton, Chris Paul and Devin Booker have made so far. Combined. – 8:47 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges are 2-of-18 from the field so far in Game 7. – 8:47 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
it took until 4:21 left in the 2Q for Chris Paul/Devin Booker/Deandre Ayton to record their first made field goal combined. – 8:46 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton are 0-for-11 from the field.
Luka Doncic is 6-for-8 and has 8 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is 5-for-7. – 8:43 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Is Chris Paul not allowed to shoot?
Is this a side bet? – 8:41 PM

Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton: combined 0-11 from the floor. – 8:41 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
So we’ll find out Chris Paul is injured after this series, huh? – 8:39 PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
I have many friends who are Mavs fans and I love most of y’all, but I need Phoenix to get back in this thing because I’m not sure I’d be able to deal with the inevitable CP narrative that would follow a loss. – 8:38 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Spencer Dinwiddie: 13 pts on 4-for-5 shooting. Devin Booker & Chris Paul combined: 3 pts on 0-for-7. Mavs up 34-22 with 9:07 remaining in the 2nd Q. – 8:35 PM

Adi Joseph @AdiJoseph
This is the first time in his career where a healthy Chris Paul has genuinely seemed overmatched or outmoded in a playoff series – 8:35 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns have struggled to get an advantage in the non-Doncic minutes all series and it would be quite the win-win here to do it now while also getting CP3 going. – 8:28 PM

Nick Wright @getnickwright
At the end of 1:
Luka has 12-8-3 on 5 of 7 shooting
CP3 & Booker, who have mocked Luka repeatedly during this series, have a combined 2-2-2 on 0-7 shooting.
Luka also had more points, rebounds, assists and steals than CP3 & Booker *combined* in Game 6. – 8:27 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Chris Paul and Devin Booker are 0-of-7 at the end of the first quarter. – 8:25 PM

Chaundee Brown @cbrownballin935
Chris Paul gotta play well for Phoenix to win this game. – 8:22 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Landry Shamet and Cam Johnson in for Chris Paul and Jae Crowder.
Biyombo checking in I assume for Ayton.
Shamet corner 3.
Dinwiddie answer 3. #Suns down eight. – 8:17 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Sloppy start for both teams. Suns hunting Luka to draw his second foul. Mavs hunting CP to wear him out. Not much flow – 8:10 PM

Alan Hahn @alanhahn
Forget CP3, it’s Devin Booker who has a LOT at stake tonight. He poked the bear in Game 5. You lose G7 at home and Luka goes off…oh damn you’ll be hearing about this forever. – 8:01 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“I used to have hair.” Monty Williams when asked about Chris Paul being older, but says the #Suns point guard is at his best in situations like this. #Mavs #NBAPlayoffs2022 #NBAPlayoffs #NBASundays #Game7s PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
I think Phoenix wins tonight BUT it’s going to have to be because of the young guys, not CP3.
People already being weird about the Year 17 point guard lol… I’m looking at Book, Bridges, Ayton. They have to come through on their levels. It’s their time – 6:59 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Suns coach Monty Williams ahead of Game 7 on Chris Paul, who’s had four consecutive underwhelming games: “In games like this, on days like this, this is when he does his best stuff, and I’m looking forward to that.” – 6:25 PM

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung
Me, @Chris Paul and @JakeFromStateFarm are going back to the fundamentals over on #Snapchat. Get in on the game of “Let’s Go Hoops” ! #ad @StateFarm PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Game 7 record
Tatum: 2-1
Giannis: 1-0
CP: 3-4
Luka: 0-1 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson never played in Game 7.
Chris Paul and Jae Crowder have.
Paul 3-4 Game 7s (Lost last 3. Last 1: OKC fell to Rockets in 2020 bubble)
Crowder 1-1 (Won last one. Celtics beat Wizards in 2017) #Suns AM

More on this storyline

Ayton met a similar fate in the conference semifinals, as did his backup JaVale McGee. In the ultimate irony, a Phoenix team that lost in the NBA Finals a year ago because it didn’t have enough quality size, lost this year because it lacked the perimeter groupings to face off against space ball. The Suns’ only good player between 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-11 was Cameron Johnson; when they tried to go small without one of their traditional centers, they ended up too small. (For the second postseason in a row, having Dario Saric might have helped.) -via The Athletic / May 16, 2022 Pat Bev going off on Chris Paul’s defense on @GetUpESPN “CP can’t guard nobody. Everybody in the NBA know that…he’s a cone.” -via Twitter / May 16, 2022

Beverley was just getting started and became more comfortable as the morning progressed. “No one is afraid of Phoenix,” he said on “First Take.”  Then it was back to Paul slander.  “CP can’t guard nobody,” Beverley said, comparing Paul to a cone that players dribble around during summertime drills. “Everybody in the NBA knows that.”  -via USA Today Sports / May 16, 2022

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