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Rockets legend Mario Elie tired of Chris Paul ‘getting a pass’ – Chron

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By Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle

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  • Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) is surrounded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and forward Draymond Green (23) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland. Photo: Elizabeth Conley/Staff Photographer

    Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) is surrounded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and forward Draymond Green (23) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland.

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Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) is surrounded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and forward Draymond Green (23) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland.

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Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) is surrounded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, and forward Draymond Green (23) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at

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Rockets legend Mario Elie tired of Chris Paul ‘getting a pass’

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Mario Elie, who hit one of the biggest shots in Rockets history with his 3-pointer to beat Phoenix in Game 7 of the 1995 Western Conference semifinals, said James Harden and Chris Paul need to be better for the Rockets in Game 6 tonight against the Warriors.

“The last three games, James has been playing like regular-season James, but the Utah series and these first two games — I know he got hit in the eye — but he’s been average.” Elie said. “He’s got to be better.

“When you’re a superstar, you’ve got to take your game up just another notch. This is his moment. He’s got to seize it — he and Chris Paul.”


Elie had a bit extra on Paul:

“I’m tired of Chris Paul getting a pass. I’m tired of James Harden having to carry the load. Chris Paul just signed a $160 million contract and is averaging 12 points a game. He needs to step his game up. He needs a signature game, whether it’s tonight or in Game 7. He needs to give me a 26 and 13. He owes the team. He owes the city that. All these 12 points, 13 points, that ain’t gonna get you far in the playoffs. He needs to play better. James is carrying a lot of the load, but Chris Paul needs to carry some of that also.”


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Elie also said Clint Capela needs to get better.

“Draymond Green’s starting to play really well right now. I never thought Draymond Green would outplay Clint Capela. I have a problem with that. Clint got to play better, too. All these guys that get this new money, gotta earn it baby. This is where you earn it—when everybody’s watching.”

P.J. Tucker, who wears Elie’s No. 17 is one Rocket that meets Elie’s playoff standard.

“I love what P.J. Tucker’s doing, he’s getting all the loose balls.”

But it will come down to Harden and Paul first.

“This is where James and Chris, these next two games, this is what you came here for, for these moments. I would like to see Chris Paul and James harden shine these last two games. That’s my advice to these guys. Those other guys don’t know better. These guys gotta lead, and the others gotta follow.”

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