Suns’ X-Factor in Game 7 vs. Mavs, and it’s not Devin Booker - davskin Suns’ X-Factor in Game 7 vs. Mavs, and it’s not Devin Booker - davskin

Suns’ X-Factor in Game 7 vs. Mavs, and it’s not Devin Booker

To the surprise of many, the Dallas Mavericks have taken the Phoenix Suns to a Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals. Sunday is the big day, with a spot in the conference finals on the line. The Suns were absolutely blown out of the water in Game 6 on Thursday in Dallas, putting together one of their worst offensive performances of the season in a crushing 113-86 loss.

Monty Williams’ group trailed for most of the night and struggled to limit the Mavs’ efficiency from deep as they shot 41%. The Suns committed a total of 22 turnovers and frankly looked non-existent. They will need to bounce back in a big way in Game 7 to keep their title aspirations alive. In a nutshell, the Suns need to flush this outing down the toilet but also learn from it and make the necessary adjustments for the series-clincher.

Devin Booker is obviously crucial to their success, as is Deandre Ayton. But, it’s Chris Paul who needs to find it offensively and have a night for the ages in order to knock off Luka Doncic and Co.

X-Factor for Suns in Game 7 vs Mavs
Chris Paul

CP3 was absolutely brilliant in the first round against the New Orleans Pelicans. While Willie Green’s squad did take the Suns six games, Paul rose to the occasion and took over when Booker missed time due to a hamstring injury. But, the future Hall of Famer is really struggling in this Mavs series, especially across the last three games. Paul had just 13 points and four assists in Game 6, committing five turnovers as well. Games 4 and 5 saw CP3 combine for a brutal 12 points. He did dish out 17 assists in those two contests, but Paul also needs to score at a higher level.

The Suns guard is one of the best PGs the NBA has ever seen. His ability to pick apart a defense with his premier facilitating is a treat to watch, but Paul can also kill you from mid-range. He isn’t doing that right now by any means. CP3 rarely commits turnovers, too. The veteran has 18 in the last four games. That’s unheard of for him.

Paul must take a lot better care of the basketball and lead the charge for the Suns. He is one of the biggest reasons Phoenix is a solid three-point shooting team as well, finding lots of clean looks for the likes of Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, and even Booker at times. Book has to show out in a big way in Game 7, there is no doubt about it. But, Chris Paul coming alive and playing like the All-Star we’ve all grown to know over the years is absolutely crucial here.

The Mavs are no pushover, especially with Luka. They’re going to be hungry for the upset, therefore the Suns need to bring their best on Sunday. Having the home crowd behind them should help as this will be the first Game 7 in a very long time for the Suns faithful.

CP3 is the X-factor.

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