Chris Paul doesn’t have the best relationship With every NBA referee, But in the game between the Suns and the Nuggets on Friday night, he was absolutely consistent with the referee.
In the fourth quarter of Phoenix’s 116-102 victory, Denver star Nikola Jokic, who officially accepted his MVP trophy before the start of the third game, played against Suns center DeAndre Ayton. After the layup, he was furious. Jokic seemed to think he was fouled, but referee Ben Taylor watched the game and felt that Jokic just lost control of the ball.
“Joker” is. .. Not in the mood to laugh.
Paul inserted himself into the screen and pushed for a technical foul against Jokic, which was the most CP3 thing he could do at that moment. Taylor then quickly pulled the trigger. Paul walked to the other end of the court, of course it was a technical free throw.
The 11-time All-Star player continued his outstanding performance, filling the third game with 27 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Paul looked more like himself after struggling with a shoulder injury in the first round of the NBA playoffs, especially when he knew it was time to close the Nuggets’ door.
Chris Paul’s fourth quarter stats in this series: 30 points, 12 of 13 shots, 4 of 4 three-pointers, 8 assists, zero turnovers, +20 in three games.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 12, 2021
Since the Suns won the playoffs for the sixth consecutive time and led 3-0 in the Western Conference semifinals, that technical foul didn’t really matter in the end.
But hey, if he didn’t look for all possible competitive advantages, he wouldn’t be Chris Paul.