Phoenix Suns star guard Chris Paul is using the time before his first NBA Finals appearance to rest his shooting hand. Paul played with partially torn ligaments in his right hand during the series against the Los Angeles Clippers.
"I managed it well, good," Paul said, per ESPN. Paul and the Suns are set to take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals. "Each day that we've had off has been really good, and we all get a chance to rest up a little bit before we get it going again," Paul said.
Paul through to his first NBA Finals appearance
"I just kept thinking, if we do what we're supposed to do, I get the last laugh," Paul said after the Suns beat the Clippers in Game 6. "So you stay the course long enough, you break 'em, and that's what we did."
Paul missed the beginning of the series against the Clippers because he was a close contact and had to quarantine. "Hell, man, I experienced COVID. Just a week ago, I was here [in L.A. while quarantining] at home. Couldn't be there with my teammates," Paul said.
"It's been a lot and I want it not just for myself but for everybody in that locker room." Devin Booker and Paul are playing together for the first time and they have had lots of success in their first season together.
"I think he thought when we played against each other the first time that it was going to be a love, but, no, I started talking s--- to him right away," Booker said when asked about his first memories of playing with Paul.
"It's just, those type of competitors, the players that you like, I don't like playing against that guy but I love him on my team." Suns head coach Monty Williams was also emotional after the Suns made the NBA Finals.
"You never know if you're going to be in these positions and you watch guys get there three, four, five times," said Williams, who said he broke down crying a few hours before tipoff after longtime assistant Randy Ayers shared his thoughts about him.
"Some people get there more than that, and you're like, 'Man, I worked my tail off.' Then you just realize it's a blessing, because everybody works at it. So if you get a chance to be a part of it, you realize you've been unbelievably blessed."