Rick Carlisle convinced Rockets’ Chris Paul is an All-Star after showing vs. Warriors
Chris Paul doesn’t only make waves and good impressions on his own Houston Rockets team.
On Saturday against the Golden State Warriors, Paul went off for 33 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists, leading Houston over the Warriors to snap their 14-game road winning streak.
Paul, now infamously, was not chosen for the All-Star team.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle did not like that Paul was snubbed, and said he voted for Paul to be an All-Star reserve. He said Paul’s game against the Warriors solidified that pick for him, per Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.
Rick Carlisle on James Harden and Chris Paul: “They’re both unbelievable players. And even though Chris has missed some games this year, I voted for him for All-Star. I saw his game against Golden State, and that did it for me. I don’t care how many games he misses.” #DALvsHOU
— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) January 24, 2018
Paul has been a huge factor for the Rockets this season. The team wins more when he’s on the floor, and he provides James Harden with another ball-handler and playmaker so Harden can do other things besides run the entire offense.
The one knock on Paul’s All-Star case is the fact that he missed several games due to injury early in the season. At times, when voters pick who they want as All-Stars, they take into account how many games were missed. That, to the voters, sometimes separates one player from another if all other things are equal.
Paul definitely had a brilliant game against the Warriors in what many think is a preview of sorts for the Western Conference Finals. But does that one performance mean Paul was snubbed by not being picked as an All-Star?
There are many good players at Paul’s position in the Western Conference, and only so many spots. But the way Carlisle tells it, Paul deserves to be in.
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