Chris Paul is ready to end this series. Getty Images Image
Tonight's game 6 is the most important of Chris Pauls' career.
Paul and the Phoenix Suns' young players have put together a remarkable run. Most people thought they would lose to the Lakers in round one.
This team is undoubtedly the best Paul has ever played with. And this season, Paul is likely to win the NBA title. Devin Booker, his backcourt mate, is a star, Deandre Ayton, big man, is now a max level player, and the team has role players that can make shots. The championship is now his to take, even if you consider that Paul (shoulder) and every third cousin are getting hurt in these playoffs.
It is this that makes it so frustrating that Paul and Suns came out flat in Game 5 just a few days back. If you are down by 3-1, you need to push them to the limit to get ahead, especially with a team such as the Clippers who have proven to be one of the most resilient in the league.
In Game 5, the Suns were unable to show the same intensity and attention as they did in Game 5 at home, which offered them the chance to reach the NBA Finals. It is unacceptable. Everybody in the league knows how fast a series can change if a team doesn't stay in it. Paul George is now playing at an MVP level. Marcus Morris has found his rhythm. This means that Game 6 on the Road will be more difficult to win.
If Paul and the Suns lose the Game 6 in L.A., they will have to play in Phoenix for Game 7. It is possible for anything to happen in Game 7, even if a team has won two consecutive games.
This is the most important Game of Chris Pauls' career. He has the chance to win a championship. He is in the right place at the right time. He won't let this Clippers team down by giving them more confidence, even though they don't have their best player.
Paul and his Phoenix Suns are now at the right time.