Chris Paul masters QB1 role to end Warriors’ six-game losing streak originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO – Great quarterbacks don’t have to possess prototypical height anymore. They’re no longer statues in the pocket or gunslingers letting it rip like your uncle at a Fourth of July function. The name of the game now is keeping the ball out of the opponent’s hands and playing mistake-free football as long as possible.
Chris Paul on Monday night on the Chase Center hardwood might as well have been in shotgun, surveying what’s in front of him and hitting his All-Pro receivers in stride.
At least that’s how the 19-year veteran point guard best described his game after the Warriors’ 121-116 win against the Houston Rockets.
“I try to make smart decisions and whatnot, but also make a conscious effort to push the ball and get the ball up the court so that it is balanced,” Paul said. “It is kicking it ahead, it is trying to put plays together. It is like a quarterback that doesn’t want to throw interceptions, especially when you have the shooters and scorers that we have on this team.”
The Warriors’ offense was humming quickly after the opening tipoff, and Paul was the one conducting a Golden State symphony in sync. Within the first three-and-a-half minutes, the Warriors already had hit four 3-pointers – three by Klay Thompson and one by Steph Curry. Paul assisted on all four.
Yes, Curry led the Warriors in scoring, as he has in all 13 games he has played this season. He needed just 14 shot attempts to score a game-high 32 points. Curry has scored at least 20 points in every game he has played this season, as well as making at least four 3-pointers in every game, and he has scored 30 or more points in over half of his games. But the scoring story was about his backcourt mate who finally scored 20 points for the first time this season.
That’s right. In his 14th game played this season, Klay Thompson tallied his first 20-point performance on 7-of-16 shooting and was 5 of 11 behind the 3-point line. Paul assisted him on five of his seven made shots, and CP3 found Curry for three…
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Publish date : 2023-11-21 15:57:54
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