For many years, Chris Paul has been considered one of the best, if not the best point guard in the NBA and a player who had virtually no weakness.
He can run a team, set the pace, speed up the game, slow down, score from three levels, make open shots for his teammates, catch rebounds, fouls and play above average defense.
Paul also has a reputation for being a clutch and a man who enhanced his performance in the big games and has always had a huge impact on every new team he joins.
What he apparently lacks is an NBA Championship ring.
After he joined the Phoenix Suns last season, they went 2-0 up against the Milwaukee Box in the NBA Finals.
It wasn’t too much of a push for Paul’s legacy, especially when the Phoenix won a league-best 64 games this season and it looks like it’s all on the way to victory.
Instead, it was pushed by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round of the Western Conference semifinals, a team that looks worse than it is on paper.
Because of this failure, Paul’s legacy will be re-evaluated and rewritten in a way that will not be kind to him.
This loss was unforgivable
Most thought that despite the presence of MVP-level player Luka Donsik, the sun would send the Mavs without much trouble.
After winning the first two games of the Phoenix series, it looked like it was on its way to the Western Conference finals.
Dallas then won Game 3 in Texas, which wasn’t much of a surprise, and even after taking Game 4, there wasn’t much reason for the Sun to be concerned.
They won Game 5, 110-80, and all they had to do was finish the sixth game in Arizona.
But while the Mavs took 27 points in that contest, a sudden Suns series win doesn’t seem predetermined.
Everything was set up for Phoenix to claim Game 7, especially at home, in front of their fans.
What happened is one of the most tragic and unexpected winner-take-all games in NBA history.
Paul, whom many had hoped would lead his team to victory with some sort of vintage performance, took just eight shots and scored just 10 of 31 points as his team collapsed at 123-90.
The man who led the NBA with 10.8 games in the regular season had just four of the biggest games of the season.
Paul, a man who has been described by some as the best leader in the NBA, has failed to lead effectively in Game 7.
Chris Paul’s satire
The narrative that Paul clutches up and enhances his game when needed should be seriously reconsidered.
For one, he has been snake-bit over the years, having suffered several difficult Game 7 losses over the years.
In 2015, his Los Angeles Clippers led the Houston Rockets to a 3-1 lead in the second round, blowing up a huge advantage in the Home 6 game, even though James Harden was on the bench for most of Houston’s runs.
Paul suffered a number of premature injuries during the playoffs as he suffered a hamstring injury during the playoffs as he led 3-2 against the Rockets dynasty Golden State Warriors in the 2018 Western Conference Final.
Now, his team lost a series again probably it should have won, but this time there was no excuse.
Chris Paul is the first player to lead five 2-0 in the best-of-7 series.
2-0 vs. Spurs in 2008
2-0 vs. Grizzlies in 2013
Blazer vs. 2-0 in 2016
Box vs. 2-0 in 2021
2-0 vs Mavs in 2022
He is the only player to have a 2-0 lead at four. pic.twitter.com/Y6yXcKVT66
– StatMuse (atstatmuse) May 18, 2022
The Sun was healthy in the series, and although some sources claim that Paul suffered a quad injury after the game, there does not appear to be any evidence of this during the competition.
With his team leading 2-0 against Dallas, Paul averaged just 9.4 points and 7.2 shots in the effort series.
1 point in half of Chris Paul. Devin Booker has 2. Together, they were 0-11. Just pity. Inheritance-harmful.
– Skip Bayless (eRealSkipBayless) May 18, 2022
At 37, he appears to be in the throes of a gradual decline, and the Sun will likely lose center Dyandre Ayton early this summer, weakening them significantly.
Let’s face it – Paul isn’t exactly the player we thought he was for so many years.