In the aftermath of the Phoenix Suns' Game 7 meltdown against the Dallas Mavericks, a lot of the criticisms were pointed at Chris Paul and Devin Booker for failing to show up in a win-or-go-home game. This just proves that Isiah Thomas was right in his claims about CP3 years back.
Chris has to push past safe
In an older interview, IT said he wanted Chris Paul to take some risks and not overthink about stats. It's been seven years, and it looks like CP3 is still doing the same thing.
“I think he’s fallen into this assist-to-turnover ratio thing," IT said. "Chris is a very safe player right now. Statistically, he maxes out in every box. However, I don’t see Chris going outside of those boxes to take extraordinary risks. And this assist-to-turnover ratio, if you look back at some of the best point guards to ever do it in our league, we had three to four turnovers per night. Because we took risks. Chris is at a point now where he has to push past safe.”
The interview was aired in 2015 when CP3 was a Clipper -- they lost to the Patrick Beverley-less Houston Rockets in the postseason after being up 2-0 in that series as well.
Isiah Thomas, a Hall of Famer and a legendary point guard, pointed out Chris Paul’s flaws. He claimed the then Clippers guard needed to take risks. Thomas was challenging Paul to go beyond the numbers and push himself outside his comfort zone and do everything to get that win.
Fast forward to 2022. Has Paul pushed himself past the good numbers and taken the necessary risks?
Paul goes missing when it matters
CP3 did take risks in the series against the Dallas Mavericks, but it backfired. In the crucial Game 6, he had seven turnovers. While IT did mention he wanted to see Paul take some risks, he hoped it would end up with a win. CP3 played badly in Games 6 and 7 as a leader of the team who had little time left to chase his first-ever championship.
The Phoenix Suns held a 2-0 lead against the Mavs. CP3 played brilliantly in the first two games, but the struggles started showing when the Mavs decided to put a clamp on him. Due to his age, he could no longer put an entire team on his back. But as a leader, he needed to show up and provide the calmness and direction that his team needed.
Unfortunately, in Game 7, that didn’t happen.
We’re not sure how the Suns could recover from this devastating loss. The players probably have to check with mental health professionals to get over the psychological hurdles and then go back to the gym and take some more risks.
Otherwise, another all-time great might retire without a ring to his name. And with everything we know about CP3, that's a company he'd rather not join.