Today on BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott, David Thorpe, and special guest Tom Haberstroh wonder if Devin Booker made choices that defied The Art of War and set the stage for Jrue Holiday’s series-altering steal late in Game 5. AND: What might prove to be the most important five minutes in Bucks history.
I've been pulling for the Bucks, in large part due to the same reactions Henry described to CPs game. His talent is inarguable, and I understand fighting for every inch when you're losing vertical inches, but there's so many times he does things like the launching himself at Giannis. He can be very petty when losing and a bit dirty. I'm reminded of the Jazz series he last loss with the Clippers and some cheap shot he took at Hayward and other little things like that.
And also his grating, nagging style. People always praise his leadership from the outside, but I think people wrongly think of "leadership" and "being in control" as synonymous. CP is good at being in control. I don't think he's a good leader. I'll be very curious to see how the Suns respond if he comes back next year. Jarod has pointed out that this young team is more likely to listen to his old man wisdom and absorb his chirping. But now they're a finals team. How long before Book, Ayton, et al get fed up with being chewed out and think to themselves "I took this team to the finals last year, I'm pretty damn good, and I don't need to get my ass ridden by this dude anymore." Especially if the Suns lose, and everyone had a good series, except for maybe Paul.
Fouls are part of the game!