Despite the infamous end of the season and a convincing defeat in the seventh game of the semifinals of the Western Conference of the NBA Playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks, Chris Paul, an experienced Phoenix Suns playmaker, said that this was not the last match of his career.
"You play long enough and you don't win, every time you lose, they're going to say it was your best chance," said Paul, per ESPN "But I think for me, us, it's we'll be right back next year.
I'll tell you that much. "I'm not retiring tomorrow, thank God. Hopefully, I'm healthy coming back. But I'm [going to] keep playing." Paul, who turned 37 on May 6, had a total of 47 points in the first two games with the Mavericks with 11 assists and four turnovers, but his team failed to maintain a 2-0 advantage in the series.
Also, his decline in the game was obvious - his average points dropped to 9.4, his assist to 5.8, while the number of lost balls increased to 3.6 per game. "I think we just came out and just didn't have enough, I think Mont said that's on him, but I think that's on me, as the point guard, the leader of the team.
To come out and make sure you're getting the right shots and all that." Mavericks coach Jason Kidd thinks the pressure may have gotten to the Suns. "You could see some of the pressure was probably on them early," Kidd said, "because they missed some shots they normally make."
The Suns didn't make excuses afterward.
"We basically played our worst game of the season tonight," Williams said. "I talked to them about all year long we've been hearing all the praises, winning all the games and setting records and all that stuff.
We've been taking it. Well, tonight you've got to take it [too]. That's a part of manhood." "It was a good, old-fashioned ass-whooping," Booker said. "Beginning to end." "Right now, everything is such a blur," Paul said.
"The season just ended. It's all abrupt." In the regular part of the season, Paul averaged 14.7 points in 65 games, with 10.8 assists per game, while he scored 17.5 points in the playoffs, with 8.3 rebounds.