After the flop of Game-4, the Phoenix leader in the fifth game is ready to change gears. What the Suns need to win a decisive race
Chris Paul’s match. The narrative on Race-5, at least on the Suns side, seems clear. After the bad performance of the fourth game, eyes on CP3 who wants to repeat the metamorphosis of his teammate Devin Booker (3/14 in race-3 and 42 points in the fourth match of the series) to try to bring the Suns closer to the Larry O’Brian Trophy .
“I did not do anything different after race-4 – Paul points out during his meeting with the media on Friday – my usual routine: I rested, I watched the videos and I trained. Of course I have to do better than the last match but the only thing that really matters is the victory. We have to win, full stop ”. Clear concept but the success of the Suns naturally passes from a greater discipline at the offensive level of Paul who in the last three games, also thanks to the suffocating defense of Holiday and the all-out pressure of the Bucks, is losing too many balls. 15 turnover in three games, too much for a player who usually manages the ball without flaws. “Unfortunately it happens, for me it is an anomaly but it happens anyway – continues the leader of Phoenix – without a doubt I have to change register, my turnover does not allow the team to take enough shots. Booker’s example? Yes, after a bad evening he played an excellent match, but I don’t find anything extraordinary in it, that’s Devin. In the NBA you have to have a short memory we all know. If you win by twenty points or lose by thirty the race afterwards starts anyway from zero to zero. This must be the attitude of the whole team, reflect on the mistakes made but then get rid of the performance of race-4 ”.
After the two successes in Milwaukee, race-5 naturally becomes the watershed of the Finals. Obviously Chris Paul, who came to play his first Finals at 36, knows it well. It is useless to underline the specific weight of a success in race-5. “The Bucks have done their duty by winning two home games – closes CP3 – now we have to defend our field with our teeth. We only have to think about that, it is a match that we must necessarily win ”. Paul looks really ready for a performance to remember.
July 16, 2021 (change July 16, 2021 | 23:49)
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