Chris Paul totaled 19 points (8-14 FG, 1-4 3PT, 2-3 FT), nine assists, and one steal in the Suns’ 120-100 loss to the Bucks on Sunday.
Paul was limited in the Suns’ Game Three loss to the Bucks, as he produced his worse fantasy line since Game One in the First Round of the Playoffs against the Lakers. His three wasn’t falling, and he only shot 14.0 field goals on the night, which was his lowest since Game Six against the Lakers, where he put up only 12.0. Although he doesn’t heavily rely on volume to produce elite fantasy efforts, it has seemingly been a necessary element to his game this post-season to help enhance his appeal. Throughout the playoffs, outside of Round One, where he was hampered by injury, Paul has been able to improve his production as the series progressed. Interestingly enough, this is the first time this post-season where we have seen consecutive games where his production has regressed since game one. With the momentum slowly becoming decentralized, it would seem as though Paul will need to find a way to stop the "bleeding" before it becomes a problem. He remains a top fantasy play any given night; however, he could be more prone to put up impressive real-game performances that may not translate into high-ceiling fantasy outcomes. This tendency could make it tricky to determine how to fit him into your lineup. It may be ideal to accept Paul's current production as the "rule" for your strategy, rather than over-emphasizing the "exception" of his upside as a means for building value into your roster.