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The Suns Season Is Over and My Feelings Are Hurt
The Phoenix Suns got trampled (pun intended) by the Dallas Mavericks.
Ugh. I didn’t want to have to write about this, this soon (or at all, actually), but Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns have been eliminated from the playoffs.
The Dallas Mavericks blew them out to grab a 123-90 Game 7 victory on Sunday and they will be advancing to the Conference Finals.
Part of the reason why the Suns lost horrifically was that Paul had a terrible game and continued his slump.
At the beginning of this series, Paul was on fire. He was riding his hot streak from the previous round.
But Paul dissipated when Game 3 hit.
He started playing uncharacteristically by committing turnovers and bad fouls, and not being aggressive when it came to shooting the ball.
The other part was that no one on the Suns played well in Game 7.
Their best scorer, Devin Booker, only scored 11 points on 21 percent shooting. And Ayton, who had been playing well this series, only scored 5.
Some chalk this up to the Suns choking. But some -Shaquille O’Neal- chalk up their poor performance to it being “one of those nights,” where things just didn’t go their way.
Via NBA on TNT:
“Sometimes, you know… Phoenix is a professional team. They play well. I’ll blame it on one of those nights. I will not bash the Suns. They were wanting to play and trying hard. Even for us great players, every now and then it just happens.”
I, obviously, am in the camp of the latter.
I’ve been a CP3 fan since he was a rookie for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets and have witnessed how great of a player he is.
I like him so much, in fact, that I’ve rooted for him to win regardless of which team he was on or which team he was playing against.
Even when he was with the Houston Rockets from 2017 to 2019, I still wanted him to win a title (or at least get to the Finals) despite me hating that team.
And even when he played against one of my favourite teams, the San Antonio Spurs (yes, I'm one of those disgraceful people who likes more than one team), in the playoffs, I cheered for him to be victorious.
So, it’s kinda sad that he couldn’t make it back to the Finals this year.
Paul and the Suns had such a great season, too -with them having the most wins in the NBA and in franchise history- that another trip to the Finals and a title would have been fantastic.
But, it didn’t end that way.
It ended with them losing to Luka Doncic -the next great NBA player (potentially)- and Patrick Beverley having a helluva time on his “diss CP3” tour.
Once again, ugh.
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