Phoenix — It took Chris Paul four attempts and 16 minutes to hit his first shot on Tuesday night, but just being there raised itself.
Monty Williams, a 36-year-old veteran leader of the Suns team, striped KT tape on his right shoulder in Game 2 of the first round playoff series with the Lakers. The reported injury was Stinger, a bit of relief when Paul fell to the court in Game 1 with a painful frown.
Phoenix’s Cameron Johnson said he was initially confused about what happened when his teammates began to gather about Paul, even though he seemed to touch his arm before Paul got off.
“My body got tangled,” he said. “It was good to see him come back to the game. It was good to see him fight.”
From all the signs, Game 2 was a similar battle for Paul. Paul omitted reports of pre-match injuries, but Phoenix players and coaches spoke in a speculative tone as they were preparing to overcome shoulder pain and play. Initially he resisted shooting, but was able to hit a pair of jumpers in the second quarter, which attracted a noisy crowd of Phoenix.
Williams said Paul’s return in Game 1 was an emotional shock to Sands, but Paul’s example goes beyond that to younger teams.
“In the last few days they have been able to see him just grind all the physical things he can do himself, and he has a group of people around him to help him, And I think it’s an example of everyone, ours, “Williams said. “The level of greatness that Chris has shown throughout his career is not something you sneak up on. You really have to work on it and be diligent about your diet, your work, all of them. And everyone is encouraged and inspired by it. ”
The Lakers are, of course, weak. Frank Vogel said he believes point guard Dennis Schroeder is still recovering from the conditioning he lost in the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol. LeBron James has shown a bit of a desire for the Lakers to overcome the discomfort he feels on his right ankle aside in 26 of the Lakers’ last 30 regular season games. The question remains.
“He will probably still feel it during the playoffs,” Vogel said. But he is available and ready to go. And his (left) shoulder (injured against Paul) had minimal pain, but he’s okay to go. ”
Lakers maintain discipline during Game 1 Flaca
Few teams are familiar with the pain of losing a player to a pause in a playoff series that is more important than Phoenix. In 2007, Sands lost Amarestau Damia and Boris Diaw in an important Game 5 won by rival San Antonio Spurs.
Since then, it is one of the basic rules for the coach to keep the player in the bench area during the dust on the court. The Lakers were squeezed earlier this season when reserve guard Talen Horton-Tucker got a one-game suspension when he left the scorer’s table area and stepped onto the court after Fracus in Toronto. It was.
According to the NBA, both the Lakers and Sands have passed the calm test of the first playoffs. Neither player left the bench after spats between Cameron Payne of Phoenix and Alex Caruso and Montrezl Harrell of Los Angeles. However, Vogel wasn’t too excited about the Lakers avoiding the suspension.
“That’s what I expect. We have to do our job. Our job is to stay on the bench. The coach is to keep the guys on the bench,” he said. Told. “And when we do it the right way, we don’t celebrate. That’s what we expect.”
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