Phoenix Suns star guard Chris Paul took the responsibility for his team's Game 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. In Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the Bucks beat the Suns 109-103 to tie the series at 2-2. "It was me," Paul said, copping to the reason Phoenix had 17 turnovers as a team compared to just five for Milwaukee, per ESPN.
"I had five of them. It was bad decision-making." The Suns had 19 fewer shot attempts than the Bucks due to their turnovers. "They got a significant amount more shots than us, so for me I got to take care of the ball," Paul continued.
"We got 17 turnovers, we shoot the ball too well not to have those opportunities to score."
Suns coach thought the same as Paul
Suns head coach Monty Williams also noted that the turnovers were the key in their Game 4 loss.
"The turnovers just crushed us tonight," Williams said of his team's miscues. "When you have that kind of a lead in the fourth, if we can just hold on to the ball and get good possessions, you feel like you can at least hold it there.
... We certainly had a lot of self-inflicted stuff tonight." The Suns started the fourth quarter with a four-point lead but the Bucks recovered from the deficit and won. "It's hard, because he's -- he could have gone for 50-plus tonight," Williams said of the decision to keep Booker on the bench from the 10:50 mark of the fourth until there was 5:55 left to try to keep him from picking up a sixth foul.
"You're just holding on trying to get as many stops and solid possessions as you can, but it's not an ideal situation." Suns guard Cameron Johnson finished the game with 10 points. "This is the Finals," Johnson said when asked if the end was a shock after Phoenix led for 37:55 of the first 44 minutes of game time before the Bucks made their last push.
"It's the Finals, you're not going to get away with anything easy. You're not going to coast to any victory. I'm sure they're going to say the same thing. It's three more, you know. Three more. You got to get two of those.
"But there is no such thing as coasting here. It's high stakes, very high stakes. They know what's on the line. We know what's on the line. We came here up 2-0. You know what they were talking about in their locker room. Now you know what we're going to be talking about in our locker room."