Chris Paul deserves each of his flowers.
The 36-year-old goalie made history last night in Game 1 against the Denver Nuggets. After a mostly quiet first-half show, Chris Paul showed us his CP3 record in the third and fourth quarters to help elevate the Suns to victory.
In the process, he became the first old man (36 years or older) to have 20 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds in a playoff game according to StatMuse. Statistics and ESPN Info reported that Paul joined Steve Nash and John Stockton as players 36 years or older with 20 points and 10 assists in the last 30 years.
If the Suns reach the NBA Finals this season, Paul’s story of resilience should be celebrated. Not only was he struggling with a shoulder injury in the first round against defending champion Lakers, but all this season he has shown how valuable he was to a struggling team when the league tried to kick him out with the sweep.
Paul rose to a player who was in contention for the MVP league and raised the Phoenix Suns from mediocrity to the next level of the NBA.
After his time with Houston and James Harden, many people around the league felt that Paul would no longer be a dominant player in the league. He then went to OKC and led a team that had nothing to do with qualifying for a playoff spot in 2020.
Now he’s in the Valley of the Sun and giving work to people on a team that looks like he could win a title if everything touches him in place.
It’s hard to root out against that man this year, every time people try to count him out, he always tries to make mistakes. It’s nice to see, and I hope to be able to see it for another month and a half.