OKC Thunder captain Chris Paul’s Team CP3 reached the Sweet 16 round of TBT losing to the Golden Eagles.
The OKC Thunder will pack up and leave for Orlando tomorrow (July 8th). Captain Chris Paul has been active with his role as team captain while the team was on hiatus making sure they stayed in touch and communicated frequently.
On top of that Paul has been extremely busy as president of the National Basketball Players Association. Throughout the hiatus, the veteran has worked with NBA stakeholders and players to ensure the players’ needs were being met in terms of restarting the season.
On top of these duties, he also had a team involved in The Basketball Tournament which is running in Columbus Ohio from July 4th to 14th.
Team CP3 loses in Sweet 16 at TBT:
On the weekend Paul conducted a virtual interview with ESPN while his Team CP3 was playing and was down big (25-9). He discussed how he got involved in TBT, why he loves the Elam ending, and how strong basketball is in North Carolina. Paul played at Wake Forest and retains his presence in the area with his AAU grassroots program.
Team CP3 made a huge comeback in the match against Primetime Players on the weekend winning 76-74 which moved them into the Sweet 16 round. However, their luck ran out as they faced the number two seed, the Golden Eagles, a team comprised primarily of Marquette University alum.
Team CP3 got out to an early 10-5 lead then fell behind and were trailing 45-32 at the half. The Golden Eagles held a 17 point lead at in the second half but like their GM this team never quits. In the final frame,
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Team CP3 battled cutting the margin to two points and looked like they might pull off another comeback. Unfortunately, his squad came up short and the Golden Eagles took advantage of the Elam ending to push through for the victory.
While fans are eager for the NBA restart in Orlando this tournament is offering some live action to watch. The games are being aired on ESPN and ESPN2 with matches throughout this week and the final on July 14th where the victorious squad will take home the $1 million dollars ‘winner takes all’ prize.
As for the OKC Thunder guard, it’s business as usual as he and his teammates will arrive in Orlando and be in quarantine for a few days. After this short period, they’ll begin practicing in preparation for their three scrimmage games. The OKC Thunder will get back into full action on August 1st when they finally take to the hardwood to play the match that was postponed on March 11th versus the Utah Jazz.
The OKC Thunder eight-seeded game schedule to finish the 2019-20 season can be viewed here.