Devin Booker, Chris Paul bench minutes draw poetic analogy from Monty Williams
To be nervous or not to be nervous, that is the question. For Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams, that is. Especially when it involves his All-Star backcourt of Devin Booker and Chris Paul.
The Suns hacked out a convincing 106-86 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday to improve to 39-15, the second best record in the NBA behind the Utah Jazz. Whilst it was a huge win to continue their impressive campaign this season, Williams admitted he still gets restless when Booker and Paul are sitting on the bench.
Williams even waxed a little poetic when he talked about the concern, giving a pretty descriptive analogy. He was probably reading a William Shakespeare sonnet prior to the game. Or a magazine about cats. Or a brochure for rocking chairs (via Suns reporter Kellan Olson).
Monty Williams said sometimes he is as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs when the Suns are playing without CP3 and Book on the court.
Haven't heard that one before! Delightful.
Said it depends on the night and sometimes it's fine.
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) April 14, 2021
Booker and Paul didn’t have to be on the floor much against the Heat. D-Book only played 22 minutes, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, and three assists, although he committed six turnovers. CP3, meanwhile, played close to 26 minutes, tallying five points, nine dimes, and three steals.
They got plenty of help from the Suns’ shock troopers, with four of them—Cameron Johnson, Cameron Payne, Torrey Craig, and Dario Saric—scoring at least 13 points, while Jevon Carter added nine more markers.
While Williams’ remark was surely interesting, it could also be a subtle message to the Suns’ bench guys, who have been highly instrumental this season. Maybe Williams is challenging them to step up even more as they head into the NBA Playoffs and provide more support for Devin Booker and Chris Paul.
Or maybe he really just likes cats. And rocking chairs.