It’s the kind of stupidity that a veteran like Chris Paul is unaccustomed to. There are two minutes to play and his Suns are led by three points on the floor of the Raptors. The Arizona players then have the opportunity to equalize but the point guard is slow to pass the midfielder.
He was so late that he was called for an eight-second violation… In the process, Christian Koloko inherited a good 3-point shot from the corner that gave the Canadians a two-possession lead.
This sequence illustrates well the difficulties experienced by the Suns to take care of the ball. ” It shouldn’t even come down to that. If you take care of the ball, you might have a six or seven point lead. You take that off and it’s, possibly, a different match », regret Monty Williamswhose team ended up losing nine points (113-104).
A lesser penalty in view of the abyssal respect between the two teams in terms of lost balls. The Raptors have lost 12 where the Suns have dropped… at least 25 (ESPN tallied 27). This is a negative record this season for them who nevertheless occupy a good 7th place in the ranking of the teams which lose the fewest balls (around 14 per game).
” Guys pass one-handed, left-handed, or try to pass inside against a team that locks the racquet “, enumerates coach Williams regretting: “ It’s quite hard to swallow. We toughened up the game, we came back, we took the lead and we did everything except take care of the ball. »
Especially since the latter specifies that his staff had already stopped on these aspects, by studying the images, before the meeting. ” I don’t know how many games I’ve played finishing with 27 loose balls. It’s a lot. It started with me and we still had a chance to win “Remarks Chris Paul, who lost the most balloons (6).
The Suns, struggling since the end of November (5 wins – 11 losses), do not forget to salute the defensive performance of their evening opponents. ” We were aggressive and active on the passes. We had them a little disturbed for most of the evening “, can congratulate Nick Nurse whose team scored 34 points thanks to these balloons recovered against only 7 at the Suns.
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