Chris Paul blasts his performance in Game 2 loss against Rockets
The Thunder had a chance to win the game and even up the series.
However, Paul struggled with his shot and was shockingly a -36 on the night. After the loss, he called himself out and said he’s got to play better in Games 3 and 4.
Chris Paul on positives from this game:
“There’s no moral victories. Yeah. Yeah. Like I said, my guys worked really hard and I let this one get away from us.”
— Brandon Rahbar (@BrandonRahbar) August 20, 2020
Chris Paul: "In a regular world, not COVID, not a bubble, we'd be going back home for two games. We gotta take it one game at a time, learn from this game and hell, I gotta show up. That simple."
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) August 20, 2020
Chris Paul finished with 14 points, six rebounds and just two assists against the Rockets in Game 2. He shot 6-of-15 from the field, 2-of-7 from beyond the arc and had two turnovers.
The Thunder played pretty solid defense on Rockets star guard James Harden and still wound up losing. That’s not good news for OKC moving forward, as odds are Harden will not shoot 5-of-16 from the floor again.
Paul has to play like a superstar in Games 3 and 4 for the Thunder to get back in the series. The future Hall of Famer and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander may have to score 30 points each for OKC to win Games 3 and 4 since the Rockets are such a juggernaut on offense.
During the 2019-20 regular season, Paul put up 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game for the Thunder. The 10-time All-Star has to be more aggressive on offense against the Rockets and look for his shot instead of being passive and getting others involved.
That tactic may work in the first half, but the Thunder need Paul to be an Alpha on offense in the second half for the team to get back in this series.