Chris Paul is more valuable to the Rockets than James Harden
James Harden was recently named to the All-NBA 1st team, and is considered by many to be the leading candidate for MVP, but during Houston’s play off run that has them one win away form the NBA Finals, it’s Chris Paul who has stepped up in the crucial moments to make the difference.
When the Rockets needed to put away the pesky Jazz, it was Paul who came through with a dominant 41-point night. In Game 5, when Harden disappeared with 19 points, including 0-11 from three, it was Paul that made the winning plays down the stretch before going down with a hamstring injury. In the postseason, the Rockets are 6-0 in Harden’s 6 worst offensive games, most of them blowouts.
Colin thinks Harden is a fantastic individual talent, but he’s a solo act. It’s Paul who is Houston’s tough physical presence, vocal leader and communicator. Without CP3 in the lineup for Game 6, Golden State is currently a 10.5-point favorite. Vegas knows how valuable he is, too.
Star studded Warriors lack a late game go-to guy
For the second game in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors kicked away their final fourth quarter possession in Game 5 and walked away with a tough loss. Similarly, in Game 4, a potential game-tying possession ended in a forced shot by Klay Thompson that missed.
Despite being the NBA’s dominant team over the past three years, Golden State has been a disorganized mess on crucial late game possessions and don’t have a clear go-to guy in end of game situations. Colin thinks the ball should be in Curry’s hands since he’s the best ball handler and shooter, but since he’s not at 100% it’s not clear he’s up to the task.
– Golden State lucks out again with CPS out for Game 6
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