Chris Paul claims Thunder can turn it on, but it won’t work most nights
The Oklahoma City appeared to be cruising to a victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, even going up by 23 points in the first half. The Warriors put together a comeback, though, even tying the game at one point before the Thunder pulled out a 114-108 victory.
Thunder point guard Chris Paul used this game as an example of how OKC can’t just rely on flipping a switch on most nights:
“I mean we showed that we can turn it on, but you know that’s not going to work most nights in the league,” said Paul, via ESPN.
Paul was outstanding throughout the evening against an extremely shorthanded Warriors side, with the 34-year-old veteran logging 16 points (on 5-of-11 shooting and 6-of-6 from the stripe), five rebounds, nine assists, and three steals in 31 minutes of play. Still, he was clearly frustrated with how the Thunder blew their big lead against an undermanned squad.
Following his summer move from the Houston Rockets, Paul has quietly been doing relatively well for his new squad. In nine appearances for the Thunder thus far, the former Rookie of the Year winner is currently averaging 16.0 points (on 45.1 percent shooting), 3.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.8 steals while also shooting 3-pointers at a 42.5 percent clip. Moreover, the oft-injured Paul has not only played in all nine of Oklahoma’s game thus far, but more importantly, he has helped the squad to a respectable 5-4 record to date.
There has been much discussion about Paul’s eventual move away from the Thunder, with the team currently more focused on youth development. However, the whispers appear to be dying down a bit, and with OKC looking like they have some playoff potential, maybe — just maybe — Paul and the Thunder begin reevaluating their current relationship.