Chris Paul’s awful Game 4 against Bucks explained by Monty Williams
If there’s one guy who’s probably going to have a hard time sleeping tonight, it’s Chris Paul. The Phoenix Suns blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter, allowing the Milwaukee Bucks to steal Game 4 on Wednesday, 109-103.
To do away with hyperbole, Paul was bad. The veteran floor general only finished with 1o points on 5-of-13 shooting and committed five turnovers. While he did contribute four rebounds and seven assists, CP3 simply didn’t look like CP3.
After their loss to the Bucks, which evened up the NBA Finals to 2-2, Suns coach Monty Williams brushed off concerns about Paul’s terrible showing. He said his star PG isn’t dealing with anything physically and chalked it up to just an off-night (via Suns reporter Kellan Olson).
Monty Williams said Chris Paul is fine physically. Said that sometimes players of his caliber have those types of games.
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) July 15, 2021
Paul suffered a shoulder injury in the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers, forcing him to miss out a couple of games. He struggled in his return, looking like a bootleg version of himself. But the savvy playmaker gradually found his groove again, helping steer the Suns to their first NBA Finals since 1993.
Before Game 4, Paul was averaging 24.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 8.7 assists against the Bucks. He, however, hasn’t taken care of the ball too well, committing 12 turnovers in the first three games.
It’s obvious that Williams isn’t pushing the panic button despite losing back-to-back outings and Paul looking lost in Game 4. He has complete faith in the 11-time All-Star.
After all, if there’s one guy who’s probably going to have an easy time bouncing back, it’s Chris Paul.