Chris Paul helped lead the Oklahoma City Thunder off a 14-point hole in the second half to a 117-114 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of their opening-round playoff series Monday afternoon at Walt Disney World.
The victory was also crucial for the Thunder, as they drew the series 2-2.
Yet right after the game, Paul didn’t care what just happened on the pitch.
He wanted to talk about Jacob Blake and the importance of voting.
‘Victory is good, but voting is real’
Blake, a black man, is in stable condition after being shot in the back seven times by a white police officer while trying to get into his car – where his three children were waiting in the back seat – Sunday afternoon.
A family lawyer said Blake had tried to break up an argument between two women when police arrived at the scene in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A horrifying video of the incident taken across the street showed the officer shot him multiple times.
The three officers involved were placed on administrative leave.
sports world and out.” data-reactid=”30″>The shooting sparked massive protests in the city and sparked widespread condemnation from both inside and outside the sports world.
“I don’t know. It’s okay,” Paul told TNT when asked about the delay. “I just want to send my prayers to Jacob Blake and their family. The things that we decided to come here to play for and that we said we would talk about, social injustice and the things that keep happening to our people, are not right. It’s not right.”
What was most important to Paul while on the pitch at Walt Disney World was the need to encourage people to vote.
sports world.” data-reactid=”34″>He also issued a challenge to his fellow NBA players and other athletes in the sports world.
“Victory is good, but voting is real,” Paul told TNT. “I’m going to challenge all my NBA boys, other sports guys, let’s try to get our entire teams to vote. A lot of things happen in the country. Sport is good, good and good. That’s how we take care of ours. families, but these are the real problems that we have to start facing “.
Paul scored 26 points in the Thunder win by shooting 10 for 19 from the field and added six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
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