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Chris Paul is staying with the Phoenix Suns as the two sides have come to an agreement on a four-year deal that could be worth up to $120 million.
The Suns will retain one of the better backcourts in the league by bringing back Paul to run it back with Devin Booker as they try to make it back to the NBA Finals again this upcoming season. The Suns also re-signed Cameron Payne, who will again come off the bench behind Paul.
Chris Paul totaled 21 points (9-15 FG, 3-3 3PT), two rebounds, eleven assists, and one block in the Suns’ 123-119 loss to the Bucks on Saturday.
Paul double-doubled in the Suns’ home loss against the Bucks, as he had 11.0 assists to go along with 21.0 points. After two games of underwhelming fantasy performances, he was able to bounce back. Even though this game resulted in a loss, Paul was able to break out of his slump, which in some ways could be seen as a better outcome for the Suns’ championship run than the instant gratification of a win, especially if the Suns win this Game Six. The thought of a revitalized Paul, an empowered Sun's squad after stealing Game Six, and the roars of a home crowd in a Game Seven sounds like a recipe for final's success. Tuesday's game could showcase an excellent effort from the future Hall-of-Famer.
Chris Paul totaled ten points (5-13 FG, 0-2 3PT, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, and seven assists in the Suns’ 109-103 loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
Paul will look to turn things around after the Suns' Game Four loss to the Bucks, as he continued to regress in his overall productivity leading to another underwhelming real and fantasy performance. Outside of the Suns' First Round against the Lakers, Paul has rarely shown a trend of production regression all year, and the fact that he is doing so at this point in the team's post-season campaign could be concerning. The silver lining could be seen as his ability to maintain his assists and rebound productivity, arguably the core of his value. Paul hasn’t been shooting, and he hasn't been making his shots as consistently these past two games, which hopefully changes with the series heading back Phoenix. There is no doubt that Paul will look to make up for his costly turnover in Game Four; if he can respond and not react, it could be possible that Paul and the Suns recover in a big way. He remains a top fantasy play to consider given his elite athletic pedigree, experience, competitiveness, leadership, and the importance of this moment to his legacy.
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.
Chris Paul totaled 23 points (10-20 FG, 3-5 3PT, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, eight assists, and one steal in the Suns’ 118-108 win over the Bucks on Thursday.
Paul's shots continued to drop in the Sun's Game Two victory over the Bucks, as he shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 60.0 percent from beyond the arc. He has been sensational these playoffs and will look to continue his excellent play as the series heads to Milwaukee for a pivotal Game Three. The Suns are poised to take a 3-0 lead, and Paul should be the primary reason why. It almost feels as though the Bucks would have a higher probability of winning if the game was in Phoenix, as the Suns could take their game to another level to overcome the disadvantages of not playing at home. Even though the Bucks could come out with more energy and fight due to their growing desperation, this game has the potential to be one of Paul's best of the series, as he has now had ample time to observe and counter-act the tendencies of the Bucks. It may be a captain-level type of night for the future Hall-of-Famer.