After making his first NBA Finals, Chris Paul had nothing to do at home so he killed the time by watching others sports on TV. "I was watching them soccer games," Paul said after Tuesday's 118-105 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
"I watched a hockey game last night. I'm watching that, like, 'Damn, how do they know to pass it there?' And they probably think the same thing with us. But we do this so often, and we have seen just about every coverage you could possibly see, so it's second nature."
Paul delivered in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, scoring a game-high 32 points and adding nine assists. "When it's going like that, you just want to space the floor well and let him orchestrate," Suns head coach Monty Williams said after his team went up 1-0 for the fourth time in the four series they'll play this postseason.
"I thought he was making the right plays. ... He was making shots and when he's in that mode, we just feed off of that." Suns star guard Devin Booker was confident in Paul. "We have to punish teams for switching 1 through 5 like that," said Devin Booker, who poured in 27 points of his own.
"Like I just heard Chris say, we prepare for any type of defense and we watch a lot of basketball, and where we have been most successful in that situation is space out. So every time he shoots it, we think it's going in."
Paul earned a praise from Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer
"So yeah, he's a good player," Budenholzer said, stating the obvious. "Their pick-and-roll game is tough to guard. I think we have to just keep getting better.
We have to keep looking at the film and see how we can maybe take away some of the rhythm, or make it where he's not getting into his spots as easily. That will be a big part of looking between Game 1 and Game 2."
Booker added more praise on Paul's name. "Chris Paul, he's been a bucket, man," Booker said. "I mean, he obviously gets his team involved, he's the greatest leader to play this game. But he's been a bucket for a very long time.
And my six years of playing against him, or five years of playing against him, you understand that. There's no scouting report that says Chris Paul can't get a bucket."