Phoenix Suns star guard Chris Paul underlined that the job's not done after his team beat the Los Angeles Clippers to take a 3-1 lead. "Not until the job is done. Not until the job is done," Paul said after the Suns' gritty 84-80 win over the LA Clippers on Saturday to go up 3-1 in the Western Conference finals.
"We can talk about all that then, but right now, it's just laser focus. "Three wins don't win the series, so right now, we did what we came here to do. We wanted to get one of these, and now we got to stay focused and be ready to go back to our crowd."
Three years ago, Paul was playing for the Houston Rockets. Paul was forced to miss the last two games of the series due to a hamstring injury and the Warriors won the last two games to win the series 4-3. "Everything happens for a reason," Paul said, looking back on the disappointment from three years ago.
"Don't dwell on things, you always remember, but I'm here now, excited about this opportunity, and all I can worry about right now is Game 5."
Paul knocked down clutch free throws
Paul shot 6-of-22 from the field but he knocked down 5-of-6 free throws late in the game.
"I was mad I missed them [midrange shots] that could have put us up by five or seven, but it's so crazy when I went to the free throw line I thought about my son," Paul said of his trip to the stripe with 3.9 seconds remaining, and the Suns up by two, when he split the pair of attempts.
"I talk to my son all the time about the importance of shooting free throws. "I seriously went to the free throw line and I was like, 'How the hell I'm going to tell him to stay poised if I don't do it my damn self?'" Former No.
1 pick DeAndre Ayton absolutely loves playing with Paul. "I love CP, man," said Ayton, 22. "That's really the only teammate that really pushed me. Like big bro-type push. "I think he was the best thing that happened to my career.
I can say that every day." Ayton finished the game with 19 points and 22 rebounds. "I'm going to try my best," Ayton said. "I'm going to try my best. ... I know how it is as an older player and being in the league and stuff like that.
So, when you have an opportunity like this, you can't take it for granted. And he let us know. He let us know, and we know the task at hand."