Paul ended Sunday's 123-90 loss to Dallas in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals with 10 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound, four assists and one steal across 31 minutes. After a fantastic start to the postseason, and this second-round series, the wheels started to come off for Paul over the last few games. He scored just five points (2-4 FG) in Game 4, seven points (3-8 FG) in Game 5 and 13 points (4-7 FG) in Game 6 before another muted effort Sunday. In all five of those games, Paul failed to attempt more than nine shots and was noticeably less aggressive than he was in Round 1 against New Orleans. After the game, Marc Spears of ESPN reported that Paul was walking with a noticeable limp due to a left quad injury, but the 37-year-old declined to comment on the situation. In his postgame presser, Paul made it clear that he has no plans to walk away from the game after another playoff disappointment. "We'll be right back here next year," Paul said. "I'm not retiring."
Paul recorded seven points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3PT), 10 assists, two rebounds and one steal during Tuesday's 110-80 win over Dallas. Paul has been quiet in the scoring column since his 28-point outburst in Game 2, but he's still found his teammates for easy looks. The 12-time All-Star will try to reach the third Western Conference Finals appearance of his illustrious career.
Paul registered five points (2-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt), five rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 23 minutes before fouling out of Sunday's 111-101 loss to Dallas. Paul dealt with foul trouble for the entire contest and was unable to make a positive impact on Game 4. The veteran point guard struggled during both matchups in Dallas and will look to bounce back when the series shifts back to Phoenix on Tuesday.
Paul chipped in 28 points (11-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, eight assists and one steal over 36 minutes during Wednesday's 129-109 win over the Mavericks. Paul was again very efficient from the field, making 11 of 16 shots to finish just behind Devin Booker (30 points) for team high-scoring honors. The veteran point guard also led Phoenix with eight assists and finished second with six boards on the night. It's a bit surprising that Paul has gone three games without a double-digit assist performance, but over that stretch he is averaging 26.7 points on an eye-popping 74.4 percent field-goal conversion rate.
Paul totaled 19 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal across 29 minutes during Monday's 121-114 win over the Mavericks. Paul was uncharacteristically more of a scorer than a distributor in the victory, finishing with his lowest assist total of any game during the playoffs or regular season. The veteran point guard did contribute 19 points, however, and he turned the ball over only once across 29 minutes. Paul will likely do more as a passer to live up to the Point God moniker he has rightfully earned, though he has shown throughout the campaign that he is capable of leading Phoenix to victory in multiple ways.
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