Chris Paul speaks out on missing Dennis Schroder, losing vs. Nuggets
Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Denver Nuggets in overtime on Monday; however, the 15-year veteran did not point fingers and instead shouldered the brunt of the blame for the loss.
The Thunder were without Dennis Schroder, who had to leave the bubble due to the birth of his child. Obviously, CP3 didn’t use it as an excuse for their defeat.
“If I make that free throw with 2.9 seconds left, I think we win that game,” Paul said, per Brandon Rahbar of Daily Thunder. “We missed them. But we could’ve won. Should’ve won.”
The Thunder won their first game against the Utah Jazz on Saturday, with Schroder making 13 points in 22 minutes of play. Obviously, his absence is a big blow to OKC who are trying to climb the Western Conference standings.
However, Paul is not someone to find an excuse. To be fair, the Thunder kept it close throughout regulation before the Nuggets pulled ahead in overtime with a 12-4 exchange.
After trading away Russell Westbrook and Paul George for a veritable treasure trove of draft assets, many believed that the Thunder would be in a rebuilding phase this 2019-20 season. Instead, the legendary talent of Chris Paul — combined with an influx of youth — saw the team exceed expectations and secure a playoff spot.
The surprising turnaround for the Thunder did not go unnoticed, as Paul was named an All-Star this season and Billy Donovan was voted as the co-Coach of the Year by his peers on Monday.