A rare poor performance by Phoenix Suns leader Chris Paul had major ramifications, leading to his team’s 103-109 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of the 2021 NBA Finals.
Despite being one of the league’s greatest ball-handlers, CP3 committed five costly turnovers on the night. He also finished the game with only 10 points, shooting 5-of-13 from the field. With the setback, the Suns surrendered a 2-0 series lead, sending the series back to Phoenix for Game 5 on Saturday.
Monty Williams on the loss: "The turnovers just crushed us tonight. We shot 50% from the field, but they got 19 more possessions."— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) July 15, 2021
After the game, Chris Paul was asked about the Phoenix Suns’ turnovers in general, but he was eager to point out that he, too, had five.
“I had a total of five of them. It was a horrible decision on my side.”
Chris Paul has now committed 15 turnovers in his last three outings. Prior to that, he had only accumulated ten points in five games.
Devin Booker leads the charge for Phoenix Suns as Chris Paul and the rest of the crew misfires
Because to Devin Booker’s outstanding play, the Phoenix Suns led for the most of the game. Following a dismal performance in the previous game in which he only scored 10 points and played 19 minutes, he led the team with 42 points on 17-of-28 shooting from the field in Game 4.
However, he amassed five fouls near the end of the third quarter and was forced to leave the game for a big chunk of the fourth, which proved crucial in the match’s eventual conclusion, with Chris Paul and others struggling. When asked about his individual performance, he was keen to stress out that it wasn’t as essential as the team’s overall performance.
“It makes no difference. I said that after the last game, when I was struggling to shoot it: “The key goal is to win the game.” “Booker stated.
Devin Booker said having to sit in the 4Q with foul trouble didn't throw him off his rhythm. "It's a mindset more than anything, but I was still there."— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) July 15, 2021
The rest of the Phoenix Suns starters combined to make only 14-of-36 shots from the field, while the club committed 17 turnovers. As a result of the Suns’ turnovers, the Bucks scored 24 points. The Milwaukee Bucks have trounced the Suns in terms of forcing turnovers, grabbing more rebounds, and playing more aggressively.
Chris Paul and company will be trying to improve on these qualities and capitalize on the home crowd’s support in the series’ next game on Saturday at the Phoenix Suns Arena.