Thunder’s Chris Paul jokingly blames Billy Donovan for failing to get a triple-double vs. Spurs
The Oklahoma City Thunder has been one of, if not the biggest surprises this season. In addition to currently having the sixth spot, their 34-year-old starting point guard Chris Paul was selected an All-Star, his first since 2016. In fact, they grabbed another win on Sunday night with a 131-103 blowout against the San Antonio Spurs. CP3 was one rebound shy of a triple-double.
Paul told reporters after the game that he became aware of the almost-feat during the last quarter’s 8:25 mark. He then quipped, “Ah, that’s Billy then. He won’t let be great.”
Chris Paul was asked about coming up a rebound short of a triple-double while sitting the final 8:25 of the game: "What I finish with?" Told he was a rebound shy, he said, "Ah, that's Billy then. He won't let be great."
(He was very much joking.)
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) February 24, 2020
It’s nothing short of a delight for the Thunder fans to see their team skyrocket to a 35-22 record, especially in the stacked West. After all, although Paul was a star, he wasn’t exactly young.
His record involved spending six infamous years in the L.A. Clippers, then moving to Houston for a short two-year stint behind then-MVP James Harden. Not much was expected when he was traded for OKC-loyal Russell Westbrook. And that lack of expectations was where everyone made a mistake. The Point God is now on his 10th All-Star season, and is a fearsome floor general to a relatively young, upcoming team.
Sunday night’s blowout win against the Spurs saw CP3 put up 12 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. Sophomore Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continued to show his potential, adding 22 points and 13 rebounds. Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s ever-reliable center Steven Adams contributed 21 points and 14 rebounds.
The Oklahoma City Thunder currently have an astonishing 35-22 record, and their win against one of the eighth-spot hopefuls in the West further solidified their stellar season.