Kamla: Game 5 Greatest Game Of Paul's Career

Chris Paul scored 41 points against Utah to secure his first trip to a conference finals

May 09, 2018 - 8:32 am

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After more than a decade in the NBA, Chris Paul, one of the best players of his generation, has finally reached the conference finals. Paul had a game-high 41 points and a game-high 10 assists against Utah on Tuesday, leading the Rockets to a 112-102 victory and 4-1 series win.

“It’s the greatest game he’s ever played,” NBA-TV and Atlanta’s The Game host Rick Kamla said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It was all on display – the playmaking, the floor-general thing. But when we talk historically about Chris Paul about being one of the best mid-range-jump-shot-makers of all time, let’s just put tape on of this game.”

Paul hit a couple of mid-range jumpers, as usual, but he also shot lights-out from the perimeter, connecting on 8-of-10 three-point attempts.

“This is what Hall of Famers do,” Kamla said, “and Chris Paul is one of the top 10 point guards of all time.”

The Rockets will face the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Game 1 is Monday in Houston at 9 p.m. ET.

As impressive as the Rockets have been this season, Kamla is picking the Warriors.

“This is up there with the Bird Celtics and the Magic Lakers and the Russell Celtics,” he said. “We’re watching an all-time team right now. This is going to be an epic dynasty. They’re going to get three out of four this year and begin the official dynasty. But this could be six out of seven, this could be seven out of eight, this could be five out of nine – I don’t know how it goes, but this is going to be a (decade-long) dynasty.”

Unless Boston gets in the way. The Celtics lead the Sixers 3-1 in their second-round series in what could be the first of many Boston/Philly matchups in the coming years. Philly may have two of the best young players in basketball in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, but Boston has perhaps the best coach in Brad Stevens.

“Stevens in Boston are on a championship trajectory,” Kamla said. “You can think that Philly is, but we kind of know that Boston is. They’re doing amazing things without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward – two All-Stars. I think they’re going to win a championship within the next three years. I think it may turn into Boston and Golden State is the new rivalry once LeBron starts to fade a little bit.”