Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul on the Verge of Claiming Unwanted Record in 2021 NBA Finals

Published 07/20/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Jan 30, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns are now on the brink of losing the NBA Finals to the Milwaukee Bucks. Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have made a sensational comeback. The finish line has never been closer, and they will look to register their first title in 50 years. Looking to stop them and prevent an unwanted record added to his name will be veteran Chris Paul.

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See-saw tussle between the Suns and Bucks

The Phoenix Suns started the NBA Finals with a bang, claiming victory in Games 1 and 2. After some quality performances from their talisman Devin Booker and assistance from Chris Paul, the Suns looked set to wrap up the series in four or five games at most. On the contrary, Milwaukee rose to the occasion from Game-3 onwards.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was always going to be a menace for the Suns. However, after the end of Game-2, there was a flip of the switch for the other Bucks starters. Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez made it known that Giannis was not fighting a lone battle. The Bucks’ coordination in attack proved to be detrimental for Chris Paul’s side. And now, the sun is almost setting on their dreams.

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Chris Paul on the verge of achieving undesirable record

May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The 119-123 loss in Game-5 has put the Phoenix Suns in a spot of bother. Having received a boost with a crucial 2-game lead, they could concede the title in 6 games. Additionally, leader Chris Paul is on the brink of a dreadful record.

The experienced campaigner is on the verge of becoming the first player in the league’s history to lose four best-of-seven series after being up by 2 games. Previously, Paul has been 2-0 up on three different occasions, where his team eventually lost the series. He will catapult his former teammate Blake Griffin on the list, who has lost three series after being 2-0 up.

 

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The Phoenix Suns are in a dire must-win situation. In order to turn the tide again, they will have to play both Game-6 and Game-7 like their lives depend on it. Captain Chris Paul will have to parade his troops to glory. All their key players will have no option but to step up, lest the Bucks run away with the trophy.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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