Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams expects Chris Paul to bounce back in Game 5. In Game 4, Paul didn't deliver a good performance as he had five turnovers and his team suffered a loss. "I just seeing Chris being Chris," Williams said after practice on Friday, per ESPN.
"He's always intentional about everything. He's focused. I find myself struggling when I can't help him. That's what we've talked about the last couple of days. But Chris is fine. He's focused. He's always about winning."
Paul didn't play well on the road but Williams is confident his star guard will bounc back at home. "The conversations are all about basketball right now. We know what's in front of us," Williams said. "You know Chris Paul, I mean, everybody in here has seen him.
There's not a person in our locker room that's not expecting him to not come out and play really well the next game. ... His focus is at a high, high level right now."
Paul feeling good
Some suspected that partially torn ligaments in his right hand -- an injury that Paul suffered in the conference finals -- had flared up.
"No, I'm good," Paul assured, when asked about the hand on Friday. Paul doesn't want to live in the past. "It's something I don't dwell on. Even though it may be an anomaly, it happens. I turned the ball over hella times before," Paul said.
"End of the day, we got to win the game. Me turning the ball over is not giving us enough shots at the basket. I'll figure it out." The Suns took a 2-0 lead but now the series is tied at 2-2. "I hate it, but it's that simple," Paul said.
"We didn't sweep but one series, so this is what happens in a series. That's why they make it seven games. This is the Finals. It's dramatic. We got to protect home court and win the game tomorrow." With just over a minute in Game 4, Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a clutch block on Suns center DeAndre Ayton.
"It's incredible what your body is [able] to do," Antetokounmpo said. "When you think about winning, you go to the extreme. "I cannot explain the play. But, at the end of the day, that's in the past.
When you talk about the past, that's your ego talking. It's in the past. It's over with. "I got to move on. I got to keep making winning plays. I got to keep competing. I got to keep finding ways to help my team be great.
Great moment. I appreciate the moment. Great moment. [But] we got to move on."