The Phoenix Suns were knocked out of the 2022 NBA Playoffs after the Dallas Mavericks clinched a 4-3 win in the series – meaning poor Chris Paul blew away another 2-0 lead for the fifth time.
Any NBA team can lose a playoff lead under the right circumstances.
It could be a missed basket that changes the momentum, a star player down injured, or just a bad night that changes the course of the series and dashed a team’s hopes.
But maybe that time would be different for Chris Paul — and the Phoenix Suns team he was traded to in 2020.
An NBA Finals berth in 2021 was followed by a record-breaking regular season in which the Suns set a franchise-record 64 wins.
But unfortunately, Chris Paul’s 2-0 lead has struck again in the NBA playoffs – as the Dallas Mavericks brushed the Suns aside.
How many times has Chris Paul been part of a team that went 2-0 up in the NBA playoffs?
Sun’s Blow Out vs Mavericks
Heading into the deciding round of Game 7 in Phoenix, the Western Conference Semifinals match-up was tied 3-3.
The Suns had a 2-0 lead by winning their first two games away in Texas.
The Mavericks responded to Arizona wood in games three and four before trading wins again in games five and six.
This meant that one half of the Western Conference Finals roster would be decided last – with the winner playing the Golden State Warriors.
During the night, the Suns imploded with Luka Doncic conducting the Mavs orchestra.
At halftime, the Mavs were 30 – 57-27 – ahead and didn’t look back in the second half.
A 63-60 win in the third and fourth quarters gave them an overwhelming 123-90 win – the Suns did well to keep it at just 33 when they were knocked aside.
Chris Paul gambled away the 2-0 lead
The series result meant Chris Paul was on the receiving end to once again gamble away a 2-0 lead.
Remarkably, he is the first player to do so five times in his career – no one else has even four times.
Chris Paul 2-0 series leads blowouts
- New Orleans 2008 vs. San Antonio Spurs
- LA Clippers 2013 vs. Memphis Grizzlies
- LA Clippers 2016 vs. Portland Trail Blazers
- Phoenix Suns 2021 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
- Phoenix Suns 2022 vs. Dallas Mavericks
Paul famously never won the NBA title, despite a glittering career that includes 12 All-Star appearances and a spot on the NBA 75 team.
It was that reversal against the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021 that would have hit Chris Paul the most as the Suns gambled away a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals.
When Paul advanced to the Finals for the first time ever, the Suns couldn’t hold on to their lead — and actually finished in six games while the Bucks won four straightaways.
In the deciding game, Paul had the highest score with 26 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 50 points as the Bucks clinched the title.
In other news, Chris Paul makes unwanted NBA history by crushing fifth 2-0 lead in playoffs
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