Chris Paul is outplayed by Derrick Rose, a media darling at this point in time

Bulls 97, Hornets 88: Chris Paul Outplayed Yet Again

There’s something in the water that Chris Paul is drinking that is making him turn into a mediocre point guard. He shows flashes of brilliance but has lost his way of dominating his opponents from opening tip to the final buzzer. Those days seem like a distant memory as Derrick Rose thoroughly outplayed his opposing point-guard to help stake his MVP claim. The Hornets led for most of the game but gave up a third quarter, 12 point lead to surrender yet again.

I know Hornet fans are going to kill me for this, but Chris Paul isn’t the same. This season he has played well below his level of play and it’s no wonder fans are turning to others as their top point guard selection. Until Paul shows me something of the dominant game where he plays ridiculously I will instead go on criticizing him. The play of Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and David West have upheld this team while Paul has regressed in tiny increments. I’m not saying he’s lost “it.” I’m just observing what is put out in front of me and we only see the brilliant Chris Paul on a select number of plays each night.

On to some quick bullets to numb this loss.

  • If Marcus Thornton continues to ride the pine I am going to lose the plot. His 24 points kept us in this game right up until the end. He is a consistent scoring punch off the bench and that is something this team is thoroughly lacking. The conspiracy of Buckets only playing at home continues…
  • It seems the guys are just waiting for that All-Star break, it’s safe to assume we drop the next two games as Monty even said, “there was no sense of urgency tonight.” That is a big concern.
  • David West had 2 rebounds after securing 17 last night. It’s no wonder people talk about how he sucks at hitting the boards.

Again, I’m not trying to be negative here, not too much so. The only reason I critic CP so hard is because I know what he’s capable of. He’s much better than this and I struggle with how he’s lost his dominance. Sometimes it’s just how the offense is set up where Paul stands and watches to one side. Other times he picks up his dribble for no reason at all. Something just isn’t right because this is one of the top 5 players in the league we are talking about here.

No need to panic here folks, let’s just get to the All-Star break so when can get some rest from the highs and lows of this team.

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