September 16, 2020, 3:59 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard is joined by Nikola Jokić, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Pascal Siakam on the 2019-20 All-NBA Second Team.
Siakam narrowly edged out Jayson Tatum for the honor of being on the Second Team as he even received a first-place vote. This is Siakam's first All-NBA award. Leonard received the most first place votes (39) out of anyone not named to the First Team while the Joker got 21. Lillard received his fifth All-NBA award but has only been nominated to the First Team once in his career back in 2017-18. CP3 earns his ninth All-NBA award in his 15th season, something that would have surprised some people at the beginning of this campaign.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 8, 2020, 8:44 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that, while the 2020 NBA free agency class is one of the weakest in recent memory, we could instead see a more robust trade market fill that void as there are a number of contending teams seeking to upgrade or reallocate their roster.
“I don't think we're going to see a lot of action in free agency," said Windhorst on The Hoop Collective Podcast. "The trade market is where the big movement in the offseason is going to be and there's six or seven teams that are really prime to make a deal.” Windhorst specifically named the Sixers, the Nets, the Warriors and the Pacers so we should expect a lot of rumors in the next few months. Chris Paul had a resurgent season and the Thunder were one of the best clutch teams in the league, but the team could shift to a more conventional rebuild if they trade away CP3.
September 3, 2020, 12:26 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul notched a triple-double in Wednesday's 104-102 Game 7 loss with 19 points (5-of-11 FG, 3-of-6 3PT), 11 rebounds, 12 assists and two steals.
Paul capped off a feel-good season with an all-around performance as his team came up just short of a momentous Game 7 win. While it would have been nice for the Point God to knock off his old team, his first season with the Thunder was still incredibly impressive. For the first time since the 2015-16 season, Paul finished inside the top-12 in 9-cat totals. While he may be 35 years old he's proven he still has a few more years of incredible play left in him.
September 1, 2020, 12:20 amChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul was huge in Monday's Game 6 win over the Rockets with a team-high 28 points while adding seven boards, three dimes, three steals and three 3-pointers.
Paul went 10-for-20 from the floor and hit all five of his free throws. He played a game-high 40 minutes and was absolutely monstrous in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line. The Thunder were bleeding out and Paul called two isolation sets and hit back-to-back triples to keep the Thunder in a game where it looked like the Rockets were pulling away. He's one of the most underrated guards in the league to the general public and his crunchtime prowess tonight was on par with what he's done his entire career.
August 29, 2020, 9:45 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, adding six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one block in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.
The Thunder as a whole were off the mark. Frustration and not conviction was showing its ugly head for them tonight. They will get a chance to regroup and hope to force a Game 7 in their next game. Danilo Gallinari was terrible, missing all five shot attempts from the field to end the night with just one point, six rebounds and one steal in his 22 minutes on the floor.
August 26, 2020, 4:55 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder and Rockets will boycott Wednesday's Game 5, per multiple reports.
This follows the lead of the Bucks and Magic, who refused to play Game 5 of their series in the wake of Jacob Blake being shot by police in Wisconsin.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 24, 2020, 6:51 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul overcame a slow start, scoring 22 of his 26 points during the second half, adding six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes on Monday as the Thunder rounded out another impressive victory to level the series against the Rockets.
Paul provided his usual calming influence on the Thunder, nailing his mid-range game as the Thunder once again best the Rockets at their own game. All three guards have stepped up for the Thunder, especially over the past two games, and the Rockets will have to make a few adjustments of their own moving forward.
August 22, 2020, 10:08 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul dealt with a bit of foul trouble on Saturday but it didn't stop him from putting up an impressive performance to help the Thunder notch their first win in their series vs. the Rockets with 26 points on 11-of-20 shooting.
CP3 put on a show, adding four 3s, six rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block to round out his line for the night. He's playoff veteran and his experience came through for the win tonight. Paul is going to need to both stay healthy and bring more games like this one to the table if they want to even the series with the Rockets.
August 20, 2020, 6:54 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul had a forgettable Game 2 on Thursday, finishing with 14 points (6-of-15), six rebounds, two assists, one block, two triples and two turnovers in 37 minutes
The two assists are a new career-low in the NBA Playoffs which is very disappointing from one of the league's best distributors. CP3 will look to have a better showing on Saturday as they look to make this a series.
August 18, 2020, 9:13 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul just missed a triple-double in Tuesday's defeat at the hands of the Rockets, finishing with 20 points (7-of-14 FG), 10 rebounds and nine assists.
This was a tough game for Paul against his former squad, despite the fact that he wound up stuffing the stat sheet when all was said and done. His shot was not there early on and the Thunder struggled to contain the smaller Rockets team. Paul also committed four turnovers but played for 37 minutes, so that is not a concern for fantasy purposes.
August 14, 2020, 5:30 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Billy Donovan said on Friday that Chris Paul's absence for a left hand sprain is precautionary, and CP3 is expected to be ready for the playoffs.
No surprises here. Paul should be ready to rock as the Thunder try and knock off the shorthanded Rockets. He's been a first-round value all year and should be an early selection in playoff formats.
Source: Erik Horne on Twitter
August 13, 2020, 5:34 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul will not face the Clippers on Friday as he nurses a sprained left hand.
This is the first we are hearing of this injury for Paul and with the game meaning nothing for the Thunder, it is likely just a minor injury. The team does not want to risk any injuries as they look to make some noise against the Rockets in the first round. CP3 was traded by the Rockets to the Thunder in the offseason for Russell Westbrook so that will be a fun storyline to watch next week. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will shift to point guard for the season finale if he doesn't get ruled out as well.
Source: Joe Mussatto on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 10:43 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul's shot was off the mark in Wednesday night's tilt vs. the Heat, going 4-for-12 from the field to finish with 12 points, adding seven rebounds, four assist and one steal in 24 minutes.
CP3 was not his usual dominant self in this one, but the Thunder clearly want to preserve their star guard for the postseason. Despite playing at a sub-par level over the NBA restart in Orlando, Paul has done enough to lock-in his early round fantasy value.
August 9, 2020, 5:02 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul turned 33 minutes into 13 points, six rebounds, nine assists, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on Sunday in a win over the Wizards.
Paul has been outstanding all season long, quieting the doubters and getting the Thunder to a position where they're a dreaded first-round matchup in the West. He's going to be a first-round value in resumption leagues when it's all said and done. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also had a good game with 18 points, six rebounds, seven assists and a steal. The Thunder will go as far as their star guard duo can take them.
August 7, 2020, 9:44 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul finished Friday's loss to the Grizzlies with 17 points (6-of-12 FG, 2-of-3 3PT), five assists, five boards and four assists in 28 minutes.
The Grizzlies really needed a win and the Thunder were without starting center Steven Adams. Thus, the Grizzlies were in control for most of the contest. CP3 still put up a fight at times, though, including a steal and subsequent 3-pointer following a Danilo Gallinari trey to pull the Thunder within three points to close out the first half. The Thunder will look to get back on track on Sunday vs. the Wizards.