Twitter: 'Choke artist' Chris Paul heavily criticised following another blown series lead

Joshua Rogers July 21, 2021
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Chris Paul has had a stellar first season with the Phoenix Suns, but just came up short against the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo. In many peoples’ eyes, CP3 is one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game, but his detractors have already pointed to his blown leads, prompting them to label Paul a ‘choke artist’.

Chris Paul’s Championship hopes ended after Game 6 loss

Chris Paul’s search for an NBA Championship continues after the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the Finals.

Paul had a decent Game 6, with 26 points and five assists, shooting 11-for-18 to keep the Suns close, but other key players including Devin Booker struggled to get going.

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Paul has a player option worth $44.2 million for next season, meaning his status with the Suns is up for debate (especially with the Lakers rumoured to be interested in acquiring his services).

After the game, Paul said:

“It will take a while to process this or whatnot, but it’s the same mentality – get back to work. I ain’t retiring, if that’s what you’re asking. That’s out. So, back to work.”

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CP3’s playoff legacy after yet another disappointment

Paul’s legacy was secured even before these Finals.

He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer and one of the best point guards to ever play the game, but his playoff record, especially when leading, doesn’t make for great viewing.

Tuesday’s Game 6 loss was the fourth time in Paul’s career that he’s lost a playoff series after going up 2-0 – an NBA record.

Paul has now lost seven playoff series in his career that his team led at some point. Injuries and meltdowns included, those blown leads include being 3-1 up against the Rockets in 2015, as well as missing Games 6 and 7 vs the Warriors in 2018 due to a hamstring injury.

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Chris Paul labelled a ‘choke artist’ following Finals loss

By all accounts, Paul, at 36 years old, had an incredible NBA season.

After going 19-63 in 2019, the Suns went undefeated in the Bubble and traded for Paul. With him, they finished 52-21 in the regular season, beat the defending champion Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, and made the Finals for the first time since ’93.

On top of that, CP finished fifth in MVP voting.

Of course, NBA Twitter forgot about all that, and after the final whistle last night were quick to call Chris Paul a choke artist.

Overall it’s a pretty harsh assessment of Chris Paul.

Maybe he’ll silence the doubters next year via a championship run with the Lakers.

Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.