Chris Paul has no patience for ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
After Windhorst reported that Paul — not the Suns coaching staff — had instituted a team curfew in New Orleans during the playoffs, the Phoenix point guard quickly put it down. After ESPN posted Windhorst’s quote on Instagram, Paul responded with a cap emoji, indicating that the report was not true.
On the Brian Windhorst & the Hoop Collective podcast, Windhorst also said that Paul set up rooms at the Suns hotel to watch playoff games and play cards. Presumably, it was a way to help them avoid the pitfalls of Bourbon Street.
Given that it’s not in Paul’s best interests to be seen as an authority figure above Suns coach Monty Williams, no one knows who to believe. Either way, though, everything the Suns did worked.
After splitting the first four games of their series against the Pelicans, the Suns closed it out by winning the last two, including Game 6 at New Orleans. Paul’s 14 straight goals without a miss set an NBA playoff record in the 115-109 victory.
The Suns will go to Dallas in the second round, a city that probably doesn’t require anyone to establish a curfew — at least not to the same extent as New Orleans.
Phoenix reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993 last season, losing to the Bucks. A title this year, after reaching the league’s best record in the regular season, would be a first for the franchise and for Paul.
New York Post