The Phoenix Suns have lost the last two games of the NBA Finals, as it now tied up at 2-2.
They still hold home-court advantage, but the momentum has definitely shifted.
Games 1 and 2 seemed like the Suns had this series all under control.
However, Games 3 and 4 were the Milwaukee Bucks taking care of business at home.
Now this series is a best-of-three.
The Bucks are playing great as their best player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has been amazing this entire series.
He has been dominant and hard to stop for this Suns squad.
The Suns are going to need their leader, Chris Paul, to show up.
Chris Paul had a miserable Game 4 performance.
Chris Paul tonight:
15 turnovers over his last 3 games, h/t @statmuse
Chris Paul needs to bounce back. pic.twitter.com/fiteHAoyfR
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) July 15, 2021
Paul has been great throughout the playoffs, but these last few games have not been the same.
The Suns need him to step up for Game 5 at home.
Expect Paul to bounce back and help the Suns fight for the title.
This Is A Different Paul
Paul is a different player this year in the playoffs.
We were wondering if the same old story would happen again with him.
The Suns had to play the defending champions in the first round.
Expectations were that they would lose that series.
After going down 2-1, it seemed as though Paul would fail again.
However, they won that series, and eventually made it to his second Western Conference Finals.
Then we saw Game 6 in Los Angeles with the Suns up and we still weren’t sure if he could reach the Finals.
He still did it.
Now he is struggling in this series against the Bucks.
CHRIS PAUL’s Turnovers Per Game
Vs Bucks: 4.3
Vs Clippers: 2
Vs Nuggets: 1.3
Vs Lakers: 1.5 pic.twitter.com/SDAbmIvGpx
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 15, 2021
However, he is still so close to the mountaintop.
Paul is two wins away from exorcising all of his past postseason demons.
This year has been different for the future Hall of Famer.
All of the past shortcomings are behind him.
Paul has answered the call in every series.
Now that his back is against the wall once again, expect the different Paul to prevail.
This Could Be The Only Chance
Paul is currently 36 years old.
This is also his first ever NBA Finals appearance.
It is never a guarantee to make it to the NBA Finals in your career.
Paul has been close a couple of times and has been trying for over 15 years to finally reach this moment.
He cannot waste this opportunity.
We do not know what the NBA landscape will look like next season.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers can be legit contenders next year.
The Utah Jazz might be back to claim the number one seed again.
Paul is two wins away.
Charles Barkley was also two wins away with the Suns to win a title.
After that loss, he never reached the Finals again.
Paul is not getting any younger.
This might be the first and only chance in his career to be called an NBA champion.
That is why you should believe that Paul will bounce back and show why he is one of the greatest to play this game.