madmaxmedia wrote:I think on the whole Paul has been fine so far these playoffs- not 'Playoff Paul' but also not 'Pandemic Paul'. His 3-ball and jump shooting have been very inconsistent which is by far the biggest problem, but Lue is having him do a lot of primary ball handling and he is doing a pretty good job there and has stayed aggressive. You're never going to get a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio with him over a long stretch of games, but when he plays really well he can around 2:1 which is fine.
When he stays dialed in and then just shoots decently from long range, a 30/7/7 type game is not hard at all for him and usually means victory for us.
As far as his contract goes his play and production are fine IMO, the main problem is going to be his age by end of contract. If he could actually gain some consistency in his jumper it would help extend his good years.
Hoping what I'm seeing is growth by him (and the team) game by game.
When last night was getting out of hand, he showed up with some daggers to help put the game away. That did not go unnoticed by me.
He's not a Jeter or a Tom Brady playoff performer and he probably never will be. He probably will stink it up again on the road at some point but I think he found out how to be aggressive, get down hill, get to the line, and not play like a complete punk when things are not going well.
For that, I am growing a lot of respect for his playoff run. He found a way to make 4-17 in Game 1 stand up to 20 points and 10 boards.
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