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Friday, July 3, 2020

Chris Paul

Chris Paul ejected from Game 1 after picking up second technical

Chris Paul

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.

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:

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.

Chris Paul, Mike D’Antoni both hit with technicals for arguing non-call

Chris Paul Rockets

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.

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.

Chris Paul sends funny tweet about Dwyane Wade’s game-winner

Chris Paul Rockets

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.

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.

Chris Paul takes jab at Andre Iguodala after Rockets beat Warriors

Chris Paul Rockets

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.

Watch: Draymond Green lays out Chris Paul on screen

Draymond Green

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:

Paul got up slowly from the blindside hit and was holding his ribs afterwards.

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.

Watch: Chris Paul yanks down LeBron James’ arm

Chris Paul Rockets

Chris Paul and LeBron James may be good friends off the court, but CP3 showed his buddy no love on it.

Just before halftime of the Houston Rockets’ game against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Thursday night, Paul made a controversial move on James. LeBron was driving and put up a shot in the paint that missed. James and Paul then battled for the rebound, with the much smaller guard yanking on LeBron’s arm:

James was on the Staples Center floor afterwards cradling his left arm. He was helped up and then went to the free throw line.

Maybe that was incidental contact by Paul, but it’s not like we haven’t seen him pull off dirty plays before.

Rockets may hold Chris Paul out on back-to-back games

Chris Paul Rockets

The Houston Rockets are pleased to have Chris Paul back in the mix, but they’re not going to go overboard with him at first.

Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said on Friday that CP3 will probably sit out Saturday’s game against Utah because the team is hesitant to have him play games on consecutive days.

Paul missed 17 games with a hamstring injury and finally returned to action on Sunday. Friday’s game at Denver marked his third since returning. Houston has gone 1-1 since he’s been back.

For the season, the 34-year-old point guard is averaging 15.3 points, 8.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game.