During Game 5 between the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans, Chris Paul delivered a low blow to Jose Alvarado. On Thursday, the league announced a ruling on this play.
Paul has been officially assessed a flagrant foul for kicking Alvarado in Game 5.
“Chris Paul (PHX) has been assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 upon league review for his contact against Jose Alvarado (NOP) at 4:35 of the 2nd quarter on 4/26/22,” the NBA announced.
This flagrant foul could be the NBA’s way of issuing a warning to Paul before Game 6. However, it doesn’t change the results of Tuesday night’s game.
Paul finished Game 5 with 22 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.
Chris Paul (PHX) has been assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 upon league review for his contact against Jose Alvarado (NOP) at 4:35 of the 2nd quarter on 4/26/22. pic.twitter.com/TY2JM3vbfr
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) April 28, 2022
Throughout the Pelicans-Suns series, Alvarado has been closely guarding Paul.
Judging by Paul’s recent actions, he was frustrated by Alvarado’s tight defense. That being said, he’ll need to stay calm and collected in Game 6 if he wants to stay on the court.
Tipoff for Game 6 between the Pelicans and Suns is this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.