In a thrilling 141-139 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Paycom Arena on Friday night, it was Steph Curry’s game-winning shot that stole the show. However, it was the court vision of Chris Paul, the veteran point guard, that caught the attention of Golden State’s superstar.
After the game, Curry expressed his amazement at Paul’s ability to see the court and his admiration for Paul’s skill in accumulating assists while minimizing turnovers.
“His ability to see the court is impressive,” Curry commented. “He was instrumental in getting [Jonathan Kuminga] going. He put [Kuminga] in the right positions. He also created opportunities for [Moses Moody] and [Dario Saric]. It’s a natural talent he’s had throughout his entire career. And when he starts making shots, it’s going to be even more fun. I’m definitely envious of his turnover-to-assist ratio. I wish I had that in my bag.”
In Friday’s win, Paul recorded 13 assists and zero turnovers, making a significant impact despite scoring only one point and going 0 for 6 from the field.
After starting the first two games of the 2023 NBA season, Paul has now taken on the crucial role of leading the second unit. In the Warriors’ 106-95 victory over the Houston Rockets on October 29, Paul came off the bench for the first time in his illustrious 19-year NBA career.
Following the win over the Thunder, Paul discussed the challenges of adapting to different lineups and how the Warriors’ winning culture has helped ease the transition.
“It’s been quite a journey, being in team sports for so long. If we were trying to figure things out while losing, it would be a lot different,” Paul remarked. “When you’re winning games, everyone’s spirits are high. We know we still have a lot to work on defensively and with execution, especially with the changing lineups. But the core group, with their experience and knowledge, knows what works. It takes time to incorporate myself, [Kuminga], and everyone else.”
Paul’s addition has played a pivotal role in igniting the second unit, leading the Warriors to win all four of their road games to start the season. This is a stark contrast to their struggles on the road last year outside of Chase Center.
Through six games, Paul has amassed 54 assists and only six turnovers, exactly what Golden State needs as they strive to regain their championship form after a disappointing 2022-23 season.
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