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Sport Chris Paul went straight to the locker room without shaking hands as the Bucks won NBA title

12:55  21 july  2021
12:55  21 july  2021 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Losing a chance at an NBA championship has to be a beyond disappointing experience, especially when it happens on an opponent’s home floor amid the confetti and people streaming onto the court.

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Suns point guard Chris Paul was in no mood to experience any of that — or to congratulate the Bucks on the floor.

Following the Milwaukee Bucks’ 105-98 win in Tuesday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Paul could be seen heading straight for the tunnel and locker room as the clock ticked down to zeros.

The ABC on ESPN broadcast focused in on Paul, who had reached his first NBA Finals in his 16-year career, as he made his way up the tunnel while the celebration played out on the court.

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Many of Paul’s teammates did remain on the court to shake hands with some of the Bucks players before following Paul, but the early exit was reminiscent of LeBron James leaving the court without shaking hands following the 2018 Finals loss to Golden State.


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After the game, Paul emphasized that he had no plans to retire. And that he plans to get back to work to chase his first title.

The disappointment was obvious.

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How will Chris Paul's legacy be affected after NBA Finals loss? .
The Phoenix Suns began the NBA Finals doing what they were supposed to do in taking care of home and heading to Milwaukee up 2-0. Before the Bucks’ 105-98 Game 6 victory on Tuesday to win their first NBA title in 50 years, there was a stat circulating that if Paul and the Suns felt short, he would be the first player to lose four best-of-seven series after his team was up 2-0. It takes away from the defensive adjustments made by Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer after Game 2. It takes away from the timely daggers Khris Middleton delivered on. Looking solely at Paul’s numbers against the Bucks, he performed in star fashion: 21.8 points per game, 8.2 assists per game, 54.

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