As the Nets lost their fifth straight game, 36-year-old Chris Paul outmatched Harden, and Nash was wronged

2022-05-02 0 By

Beijing time on February 2, the NBA ushered in a big game today, the record ranked first in the Western Conference SUNS at home against this season’s favorites to win the Nets.The Nets lost their fifth straight game in a 121-111 loss to the Phoenix SUNS without Kevin Durant.It was a terrific matchup between these two teams, with the SUNS, led by Chris Paul, scoring 39 points in the first quarter alone.Paul, 36, beat James Harden at point guard, scoring 20 points, 4 rebounds, 14 assists and 2 steals on 5-of-12 shooting and 9-of-9 free throws.Harden, on the other hand, finished with 22 points, five rebounds, 10 assists and a steal, but his efficiency was nowhere near Paul’s, especially on the offensive end, where he made six field goals on 19 attempts and committed four turnovers.Devin Booker also beat Kyrie Irving today at shooting guard.Booker, who finished with 35 points, six rebounds and two assists on 13-of-23 shooting and 3-of-8 3-pointers, expressed his frustration at not making the All-Star team in a postgame interview.Of course, Irving did well, shooting 10-20 from the field, 3-8 from 3-point range and 26 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, but he was not as good as Booker.Whenever the Nets lose, their head coach Steve Nash gets a lot of criticism from the Internet, and today was no exception.Claxton’s reluctance to use Sharp, for example, is incomprehensible in the absence of Lamarcus Aldridge and at a time when he is playing extremely poorly.There was another scene in the third quarter that Nash was in contention for, and that was in the middle of the Nets’ comeback, when Harden darted into phoenix’s paint for a floater and McGee took off like a cherry blossom path to block the shot.Harden was upset that it was 100% interference, but the referee didn’t call it, Nash didn’t challenge it, and the SUNS fought back, and the referee called nets interference instead.In the postgame interview, Nash made it clear that McGee’s hot pot shot was interference, which immediately caused a lot of fans to fry. If you were so sure it was interference, why not challenge it?Here’s a little bit of an explanation: Steve Nash has been wronged.Under NBA rules, coaches can only apply for a challenge in three circumstances: first, if one of their players is called for a foul;Second, call for your player to touch the ball out of bounds.Third, your team is called offensive/defensive ball interference violation.As we all saw at the time, Nash didn’t meet all three criteria, so he couldn’t apply for the Coaching challenge.In addition to suffering their longest losing streak of the season, there was bad news for the Nets today.According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, a spokesman for New York Mayor Eric Adams told him that the city has no plans to cancel its vaccination policy and will continue to use science to keep the city safe.That said, irving is unlikely to emerge from his part-time status this season, which is bad news for the Nets.