Chris Paul’s ‘Revenge Tour’ No Fun for Luka Doncic

Chris Paul has already started the fourth quarter by flowing out a long 3-pointer and passing it on to Cameron Johnson, his friend the Phoenix Suns, to another. It’s a bad omen for the Dallas Mavericks fans, because Paul did not call for the defensive play he really needed.

His next time on the court, Paul was attacking Reggie Bullock when Johnson set the screen high on Bullock, pulling his defense with him. That defender was Luka Doncic, who found himself taking care of Paul after the switch – and even managed to keep the ball out. But after Paul recovered, he needed about 3 nanoseconds to blow Doncic over the set.

It was the incident that repeated itself during the closing stages of the Suns’ 129-109 win in Game 2 of their Western semi-final Wednesday semi-final. The Sun decided to force Doncic into the ball, and then they were passionate about investing. Doncic, who has a body at the end of 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, is an international terrorist. But does it prevent? For one game, at least, it went from hunter-gatherer to defenders like Paul and Devin Booker.

Doncic said, “Only need to play better defense,” Doncic said, “yes it is.”

No one was surprised to see the two midfielders in the middle of the movie, which Suns led, 2-0, when he went to Dallas for Game 3 on Friday. But in the process, Paul and Doncic made a comparison. Paul chose his time to take care of, the luxury given to the talent that surrounded him, while Doncic tried everything, mostly because he had no choice.

Doncic said, “We believe, man,” he added: “We will believe until the end.”

Doncic has released preposterous numbers, even by his gaudy structure. In Game 1, he completed with 45 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. In Game 2, he has 35 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Mavericks coach Jason Kidd has relied on Doncic’s support to prove himself in Game 3.

“He had a good game,” Kidd said of Doncic, “but no one noticed. So we had to get other people to shoot better. We could not win with him just that. 30 points a night, not this time of year. “

For Paul, the game was another opportunity – arguing for his best – to win his first match, a season after the Suns lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals. Phoenix, Booker said, is on the go for “revenge”, which Paul seems to have taken from his own time. Paul finished with 28 points and 8 assists on Wednesday, a tour two days before his 37th birthday.

Booker says, “He can teach you better than I can,” but he was younger that day.

In his own way, given his size and approach, Paul is unapologetically old school. Growing up in North Carolina, he was the guardian of values: a dazzling score, to be sure, but a responsible person, first and foremost, for engaging with friends. Now, he has the experience of the organization of the 17 NBA season to reveal all aspects of his decision.

Doncic, on the other hand, is one of the league’s new-age players, a 23-year-old prodigy with many sports who were warned by his childhood in Slovenia, where children, even whether large or small, has been learned. the importance of shooting and crossing.

In this playoff series, the throwback has an edge. It helped, of course, that the Suns were a deep team and that Paul played with Booker, our all-time All-Star and one of the league’s best.

For the quarter of Wednesday games, Paul usually creates for his friends, trying just nine shots. He broke in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points while shooting 6 of 7 on the field.

“It’s great,” Suns’ Jae Crowder said. “For the first two months, it was relaxing, cool. It is not very strict, just read the game. And then he has a change that he just turns it on. “

Booker, 25, wants to go back to his childhood when he would watch sports with his father, Melvin Booker, the former NBA manager who kept his son from going to work every day. In front of the television, they would study Paul together. Devin is 5 years old, he says, exaggerating modestly.

“See if it keeps everyone involved?” Booker remembers his father asking him. “And then he chose his time when he would pass the game?”

Booker adds: “I always admired him for doing that. It can only be controlled at all times. It is two, three steps ahead of any other team work. “

As Paul climbed into the fourth quarter, Doncic, was already carrying a heavy burden on his team, like tires – especially on defense. Kidd said he needed to make a plan to ensure Doncic’s friends “work better to help him.” Maybe the Mavericks should not switch between screens more often, or maybe they should send two more groups between Booker and Paul. Easy to repeat.

Paul joined Booker at his press conference after the opportunity to answer questions about the importance of Doncic’s work on both ends. Booker looked at Paul and seemed to smile, as if they had done their job choosing him. Paul, forever a cagey veteran, chose the diplomatic path.

“We were just trying to play,” he said. “Get the protection we give.”

It was a difficult night for Doncic. When he was out of court for half an hour, he was wheeled around to the bark of a heckler.

Doncic said, “He just said something indifferent,” “If it’s something, I would not even look because I do not care. But sometimes you are in a bad mood and they say bad things. It is normal. We are human, male. It is always a turn. “

Ahead of Game 3, Doncic had the opportunity to prepare some revenge for himself.

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