This Is UNGUARDABLE...
Looking at these 2 videos from Devin Booker and Chris Paul, you can understand a lot about the success of the Phoenix Suns this season, and how they won in a close game against the Utah Jazz last night.
So let me show you just how unguardable these 2 can be. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
The strategy was putting Gobert in the pick and roll. Right here good screen by Ayton, Rudy doesn’t come out to contest, Booker raises up and knocks it down.
And look at this setup for Chris Paul. The high screen, he accelerates, and Rudy has to drop to protect the basket. Paul stops on a dime, fires and scores.
Having players who are 52.5 and 48.9% respectively from midrange is elite, so I guess that’s kind of like pick your poison type of situation. Either the big man is gonna commit to the switch and leave them room to blow by for the layup, or do it haphazardly like this where he’ll just show and wait for the main defender to recover, hoping that they’ll be on time, or that these 2 sharpshooters from the Suns are not gonna hit a lot their shots.
Which last night wasn’t the case, as Booker exploded for 35 points, while Chris Paul was also great with 29 and 9 on 50% shooting. Classic point god.
Look at this, after the screen, in this situation there is space for him so he fires up and swishes it. But when Gobert commits to him and fully switches, look at the laser pass in traffic to find the cutting Ayton. Amazing.
And this was the story throughout the entire night. The entire season actually as Phoenix is firmly in the number 2 spot in the entire league right behind the Jazz.
When you have CP3 on your team everything seems to click and players seem to get better.
Devin Booker is one of the biggest beneficiaries of this mentorship and Chris was quick to give him credit after the game.
One of the things that won’t show up in the boxscore for Devin is a play like this one.
Doesn’t have to score to impact the game. Right here recognizes the opportunity, sets a back screen for Cam Johnson who is wide open and knocks down the three, a clutch basket late in the game to give the Suns a 5 point lead which they’ll ultimately be able to keep it to win this game.
I promise that later on I will make a more detailed video about how both Book and this entire team as a whole have been able to completely turn things around from a losing franchise to a number 2 seed in 1 season, of course all of that because the point god himself. Chris Paul.
As for the Jazz, while these 2 losses in a row don’t look the best, especially being from 2 potential playoff rivals in Phoenix and Dallas, I would like to say 1 thing.
I love the fact that they have stayed competitive in both games despite shooting way below their average on threes, which has been their identity so far this season as the team with the most makes from downtown.
They still got the shots they get so in my opinion it’s just a matter of getting back on track and continue to make them. After all, they were on a 9 game winning streak just before these 2 games, and they’re still the best team in the entire league, so I wouldn’t be too concerned at this moment if I’m Quin Snyder.
But yeah, for all of you young hoopers- master the midrange and the pick and roll as you can see it can be an unstoppable weapon in your arsenal. That’s it for now, subscribe and talk to you in the next one. Peace out.