Chris Paul is the NBA’s most infamous perfectionist.
He has pushed teammates mad over time together with his intense intolerance for errors. Even whereas delivering his message with a defter contact extra just lately, Paul hasn’t loosened his sky-excessive requirements. Paul desires to get every thing proper.
As a scorer Thursday, he did.
Paul shot a playoff-file 14-for-14, scoring 33 factors to guide the Suns to a 115-109 collection-ending win over the Pelicans in Game 6 Thursday. Phoenix will face the Mavericks-Jazz winner within the second spherical – however not earlier than appreciating Paul’s historic evening.
Not solely did he break the file for many photographs in a playoff recreation with no miss, he did so by two photographs:
Wilt Chamberlain holds the common-season file 18-for-18. Chamberlain – who additionally shot 16-for-16 and 15-for-15 in common-season video games – is the one participant to eclipse Paul’s 14-for-14 mark within the common season.
Paul completed his feat in opposition to a pesky New Orleans protection (and pesky New Orleans workforce). But because the Pelicans utilized strain, Paul – who additionally had eight assists – simply performed his recreation. An outstanding mid-ranger operator, Paul didn’t even take a shot on the rim!
Paul has been an important mentor for Ayton. In describing his management fashion, Paul has stated he’d by no means ask individuals to do one thing he wouldn’t do himself. So, Ayton would possibly hear about these two misses.
Paul has the credibility to carry them up.