Houston guard Chris Paul was excited after his 100-87 road win over the Jazz in Game 4 on Sunday night — and rightfully so.
Paul dropped 27 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the 13-point win, which coincidentally fell on his 33rd birthday. The win gives Houston the 3-1 series lead, putting them on the cusp of reaching the Western Conference Finals.
Paul, though, may have been a little too excited right after the game.
In a postgame interview on TNT, Paul was asked if he was already looking ahead to the conference finals when he let an expletive fly on live television — presumably on accident.
Chris Paul not counting on getting to his first Conference Finals just yet: "Nah. It's the process, man. I've been here before 3-1. Sh*t went bad real quick." pic.twitter.com/J8eD56xYdR
— ClutchFans (@clutchfans) May 7, 2018
“It’s the process man,” Paul said. “I’ve been here before, 3-1. Shit went bad real quick, you know what I mean? It is what it is, we’re just enjoying the process.”
It was a totally fair question to ask, and Paul gave a pretty good answer — referencing back to when he played for the Los Angeles Clippers and blew a 3-1 series lead in the second round of the playoffs in 2015.
The internet, though, loved his slip.
TNT just let this un-bleeped assessment slip onto primetime TV from Chris Paul, who alluded to his time with the Clippers when they were up 3-1 in past playoff series: "Shit went bad real quick."
— Andrew Wallenstein (@awallenstein) May 7, 2018
Did Chris Paul just say, “____ went bad real quick” in a live interview?
— FrankWileyJr (@FrankWileyJr1) May 7, 2018
I think Chris Paul just went potty mouth on live TV.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) May 7, 2018
Chris Paul “I been up 3-1 before. Shit goes bad.” Thank God for cable tv. Keepin’ it real.
— John Granato (@johngranato) May 7, 2018
Chris Paul eliminated
└ Quotes he'll likely regret
└ For Future Use
└ CP3_JAZZ.mp4 pic.twitter.com/oUS4lkAK12
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 7, 2018
Any way you look at it, this interview does prove one thing: Paul isn’t going to make the same mistake he did in 2015. His focus is entirely on Game 5 on Tuesday.