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Some Phoenix fans are frustrated They see their team have the best season since Steve Nash and Mike D’Antoni revolutionized the game, and they feel disrespectful These fans focus on stories about how Chris Paul could leave after the season or on how other Western teams want to be on the Suns’ side in the playoffs as they are seen as an easier target

Welcome to life at the top of the NBA, Suns fans Gone are the brave underdogs everyone loved in the bubble Life at the top of the league is often a discussion of weaknesses that could trip a team in second round of the playoffs and beyond, and often less about how you play during the doldrums of the season Take this as a sign that you have arrived

A little tip: Savor this season Don’t be surprised by the seasons to come or focus on a discussion of the goats of the past Enjoy what you have, read the many positive stories about your team and live the present moment

Savor wins like the one against Utah on Wednesday, a showdown between the West’s top two teams on national television

What is Chris Paul’s secret to transforming the Suns attack? Clearly, this is the Space Jam Secret Stuff

CP3 was drinking some of their Space Jam “secret stuff” while playing Suns-Jazz 😂 picTwittercom / gtSnAE5mFZ

Chris Paul balanced the Suns’ ‘five point’ offense from Monty Williams and the game from Devin Booker You can see the influence of CP3 in Phoenix – the slower pace and the very strong midfield offense. deliberate, high use of high pick-and-roll IQ – but Phoenix maintains the altruism Spursian touches that Williams brought with him to the Valley of the Sun CP3 is just better at orchestrating this attack because he’s a scoring threat (something Ricky Rubio wasn’t a season ago) and because he takes some of that play-making pressure out of it. All-Star Devin Booker, who takes more space or shots from a dribble and can choose his places to launch the attack

Phoenix has a clean 71 score when Paul and Booker share the floor Paul still dominates the ball, but the defenses that focus on him only give Booker a little extra room, and that’s all it takes. he needs to get a bucket

With this duo in the lead, they take fewer shots on the edge than last season, but replace them with three – and they knock down those shots at a higher rate – which gives the offense a boost. While the Suns also take more shots at mid-range, Paul and Booker are two players so dangerous with their location in this range that it’s a good look

The Suns are where they are because Mikal Bridges has grown into a modern, prototypical NBA wing player (and when he was spending a night against Utah on Wednesday, Williams could go to Cam Johnson and get a game. solid), and Deandre Ayton has become a powerful presence in the paint at both ends of the short Jae Crowder brought veteran intensity and shots, and CP3 and Dario Saric have shown real chemistry at times The Suns are deep with the players. Williams can be trusted, giving him versatility late in games to go with the hot hand or games that work

The Suns are one of the top 10 offensives and defenses in the NBA this season – one of a contender’s statistical markers yet, due to CP3’s playoff history and the fact that Booker, Ayton, Bridges and the rest of the Young Suns have not been tested in the playoffs, they will be considered a target We all know what Damian Lillard, Luka Doncic, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard can do in the playoffs, and other teams fear them for good reason. These suns have to earn that level of respect, and that can’t be done in April of this season

No one knows when Brooklyn’s three-star will be healthy, enter the field at the same time and potentially form Voltron, then dominate the league

What we do know is that the Nets, with two-thirds of their stars, are still winning plenty of games, as Brooklyn easily faced New Orleans on Wednesday. The news in that game was the return of Kevin Durant – he came off the bench, scored 17 points on 5 of 5 shots and looked closer than expected to regain his form after missing 23 games with a hamstring injury

It wasn’t all KD in this one, the Nets did a good job protecting the rim against Zion Williamson (he shot 4 of 12), and Blake Griffin did

Brooklyn is back on top in the East, and that’s important this season – there are three elite teams in the East (Nets, 76ers, Bucks) and the seed only has to face only one of them in the playoffs, not both

While you ignored Memphis they have quietly gone 26-23 this season, they’ve won 5 of 6, they have a top 10 defense and one of the game’s elite young playmakers in Ja Morant

Memphis is expected to have Jaren Jackson Jr returning later this month; they’ll be tough for someone in the playoffs It’s a good team that nobody talks about

Chris Paul

World news – USA – Three things to know: Chris Paul, Suns prove they’re the best in the West

Source: https://nba.nbcsports.com/2021/04/08/three-things-to-know-chris-paul-suns-make-case-they-are-best-in-west/