Despite what some people expected, the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks are about to head into Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
When the series first started, there were more than a few people who thought the Suns would be able to push past the Mavericks without too much trouble.
Sure enough, the Suns got off to a promising 2-0 start over Dallas.
However, things turned around for the Mavs and the series is now tied 3-3.
Chris Paul is already the first player ever to blow four 2-0 leads in a best-of-7 series.
2-0 vs Spurs in 2008
2-0 vs Grizzlies in 2013
2-0 vs Blazers in 2016
2-0 vs Bucks in 2021
He’s one loss away from extending that record. pic.twitter.com/EwsJy20072
— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 13, 2022
The Suns are hopeful they are able to secure a series win on Sunday but history suggests that might not be so easy.
Chris Paul is already the first player to ever blow four 2-0 leads in best-of-7 series.
He did in 2008 against the San Antonio Spurs and then against the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013.
Following that, Paul lost to the Blazers after being up 2-0 in 2016, and then last year he and his Suns failed to win the Finals after having a 2-0 advantage over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Is Paul about to extend that record again?
Mavs Ready For Magic
The Mavericks have been hurting the Suns in some surprising ways.
More specifically, they have figured out how to limit Paul and Devin Booker.
The two guards have been shooting poorly and have been creating quite a few turnovers during this series.
If Dallas is able to do that on Sunday, the series will be theirs.
Paul and the Suns have been aware of what the Mavericks can do yet very little has been done to stop them and the bad shot selections and high turnover rate have continued.
Paul is just 48 minutes away from either reaching the Western Conference Finals or heading home in embarrassing defeat.