Playing without James Harden, and trying to hold off the Warriors who at the moment were on a 7-0 comeback run, Chris Paul capped off his brilliant night in terms of leadership with 2 genius moves that sealed the deal for the Rockets.
First, he anticipates that Bell is going to get up on him on the switch, Paul just kind of runs into him to get the faul. And moments later, he used the split second of Thompson looking away, to rip through and get the faul, putting Golden State over the limit in just 10 seconds, and calmly sinking 2 clutch free throws.
These are things that not everyone is going to notice but that’s what’s made Chris Paul the best NBA leader in the last decade.
And he proved that throughout the whole game. Let me explain. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
He was animated and energized the whole team from the very beginning of the game. And that resulted with an early big lead.
You could see Chris Paul just orchestrating the offense and pinpointing exactly where he wants certain guys on almost every possession.
And when Golden State went on their typical big runs, CP was there during time outs, as well as during the game itself to gather the whole team, calm things down and give everybody the much needed confidence to go against the best team in the league without their best player in James Harden.
And the boost of confidence was definitely evident as Kenneth Faried had a huge 20 and 10 game even knocking down 2 three pointers leaving everyone a bit confused.
And PJ Tucker had a monster game himself. Despite the 18 and 10 in the boxscore, his suffocating defense was evident. You could see him chasing guys all over the floor.
All the main weapons for Golden State still had good numbers shooting wise, but they had to work hard for every point.
The Rockets had a very particular game plan attacking Demarcus Cousins every time with the pick and roll and he proves to be a weak spot in that action right now coming back from the injury. So Paul used that as he was able to score but especially find open guys off the help as he finished the game with 17 assists.
When the Warriors went with a smaller lineup, the main victim was Jordan Bell on the switch, and Houston exploited that. The last field goal for them was a fadeaway by CP3 on this exact matchup.
And on the other end of the court, again, high energy, high effort defense-trying to take the ball away from Curry, Thompson and Durant, trying to make others beat them.
But to be honest, I don’t really know what to say about Golden State. They kinda seem like they are just going through the motions right now. They played a similar game last night against the Kings and managed to get the win although KD admitted that they didn’t quite deserve it.
And this one was the same but against a much more serious opponent.
Albeit without James Harden.
I guess it boils down to us having to wait until the playoffs to see what’s gonna happen, but one very important point for the Rockets is keeping Chris Paul healthy for those battles, because he proves time and time again that he’s the best leader in the NBA.
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