Chris Paul doesn’t think he’s in any danger of being suspended for Game 2 of the Houston Rockets’ series against the Golden State Warriors.
Paul was ejected late in Houston’s Game 1 loss amid suggestions that he made contact with an official. The point guard said Monday that he isn’t worried about a suspension, believing that any contact was incidental and not worthy of further punishment.
Chris Paul said he isn’t concerned about a potential suspension despite NBA determining that he “aggressively” approached and made contact with official. “Nah,” he said. “If we did [make contact], it was incidental.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 29, 2019
Paul seems correct on this, but a potential suspension was the subject of some debate after the game. The NBA will have the last word here, but the incident simply didn’t seem serious enough to warrant any further discipline.
Chris Paul was ejected at the end of the Houston Rockets’ 104-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series on Sunday, but what happened during his exchange could be an important matter to consider.
After the game, the analysts on NBATV were debating whether Paul would be facing a suspension for making contact with the referee during his exchange that led to a second technical foul and ejection.
There are two video angles at play. The first doesn’t show much:
CP3 got ejected after this wild Rockets final possession pic.twitter.com/qXqGJ9Yqjo
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 28, 2019
This second video seems to show him making contact:
I don’t think this contact is going to get CP3 a game. After looking at it a few times, I can’t see a game for this. pic.twitter.com/ipFPVB3oxA
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 28, 2019
Paul was asked about the matter after the game and said he hadn’t seen it yet.
Chris Paul, asked about contact with referee before he was ejected: “I haven’t seen it yet.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 28, 2019
I was pretty shocked that they even brought up the subject of a suspension. There did not seem to be enough there to merit a suspension, especially one that would impact such an important series so deeply.
If anything will change for Game 2, it could be the referees making different foul calls.
The second round playoff series between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets looks like it is going to be as good as advertised, and frustrations boiled over for Chris Paul in Game 1 to the point where he was ejected.
With the Rockets trailing 103-100 and looking to tie the game in the final seconds, James Harden missed a three-point attempt and drew some contact from Draymond Green. No foul was called, and players and coaches on the Houston side were livid. Paul got the rebound and felt he was then fouled by Stephen Curry, but the officials ruled that it was Golden State ball after going out of bounds.
Here’s a video of the entire sequence, which ended with Paul picking up his second technical of the half and getting tossed.
— Sports Gifs & Videos (@Supreme_Gifs) April 28, 2019
Paul picked up his first technical foul at the end of the third quarter, when he believed he was also fouled while shooting a three.
You could make the case that Harden was fouled by Green, but the refs allowed contact on similar shots throughout the game. Here’s another example where it looked like Harden may have been fouled by Klay Thompson:
Refs letting Klay go Zaza on James Harden pic.twitter.com/R46dSvVXHV
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 28, 2019
The Rockets obviously believed the Warriors benefitted more from non-calls, but they need to do a better job of keeping their emotions in check going forward. Considering Paul managed to get T’ed up from the bench earlier this season, we shouldn’t be all that surprised he got ejected.
Tempers flared for the Houston Rockets late in the third quarter of their game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, and Chris Paul and Mike D’Antoni picked up technical fouls because of it.
Paul hit a big three-pointer with less than a minute left in the third to cut Golden State’s lead to five, and he felt like he was fouled on the shot. He waved his hands in the direction of the official to express his frustration with the non-call, and he was immediately hit with a technical.
Chris Paul drains a 3, thought he was fouled, picks up a technical. pic.twitter.com/IF3DLYMDlM
— Four Krusties (@DFSBBallGuy) April 28, 2019
D’Antoni agreed with CP3, and he became even more animated over the non-call that Paul was. That resulted in the Rockets coach also receiving a technical, which allowed Golden State to end the third quarter on a high note.
It looked like there was some contact on Paul’s shot, but he stuck his hip way out to create it. It’s no surprise he didn’t get the call, especially on the road.
Dwyane Wade’s impressive shot at the buzzer to beat the Warriors was the talk around the NBA on Wednesday night, and even Wade’s buddy Chris Paul chimed in with a funny tweet.
Paul saw Wade’s 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Miami a 126-125 win over Golden State and told him he better not do the same thing on Thursday night.
— Chris Paul (@CP3) February 28, 2019
That’s because CP3’s Rockets will host Wade’s Heat in that one. While Miami is 27-33 and 10th in the East standings, the Rockets are 36-25 and fifth in the West. Houston can’t afford many more losses while trying to secure some sort of homecourt advantage, so Wade will have to save his magic for another time.
Wade had one of his best games of the season. He put up 25 points on 10/17 shooting, including 5/8 on threes. Even at 37 and on his farewell tour, D-Wade can still bring it sometimes.
The Houston Rockets have shown this season that they are not intimidated of the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, and Chris Paul let that be known after leading his team to another win over its Western Conference rival on Saturday.
Houston staved off a late comeback attempt from the Warriors to win 118-112. It was the third time the Rockets have emerged victorious in three meetings between the teams this season, and Paul wasn’t exactly quiet about it. He took a shot at Andre Iguodala after the game.
“What did [Andre Iguodala] say about the series last year? If he would have played, they would have swept us? Then he must be the X-factor,” Paul told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “That’s the punchline you needed, right?”
The Rockets had a 3-2 series lead over the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals last year, but they ended up losing the series after Paul was unable to suit up in Game 6 and Game 7 because of a hamstring injury. Houston players couldn’t help but feel like they would have made it to the NBA Finals if Paul didn’t get hurt, though Steve Kerr and others on the Golden State side had a much different opinion, as Iguodala also missed several games in the series with an injury.
Regular season games mean very little in the grand scheme of things, but the Rockets should have plenty of confidence if they face Golden State again in the postseason. As long as CP3 can remain healthy, they’ll have as good a shot as any team of knocking off the NBA’s best.
Draymond Green got Chris Paul really good on Saturday night.
Just before halftime of the Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets game, Green screened Paul around midcourt and knocked the guard to the floor:
Dray just DESTROYED CP3 pic.twitter.com/lkHGmVV2Jh
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 24, 2019
Paul got up slowly from the blindside hit and was holding his ribs afterwards.
Draymond Green pancake blocked Chris Paul on the final play of the half. CP3 is holding his ribs on the left side as he slowly walks to the locker room.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 24, 2019
The screen from Green helped the Warriors make a spectacular play just before the half as Andre Iguodala had a layup to beat the buzzer.
They may have to draw a chalk outline on the floor for where Paul’s body was after that screen.