Bucks' Jrue Holiday is the 'best individual back-court defender' in NBA, says Antonio Daniels


Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday posted forgettable offensive numbers against the Phoenix Suns in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.

But his stifling, pressure-packed defense against veteran guard Chris Paul yielded positive results, and SiriusXM NBA Radio host Antonio Daniels believes Holiday should be lauded for making Paul a non-factor with the rock.

"I've been saying this about Jrue for years: I've always felt like Jrue Holiday was the best individual back-court defender in the league," Daniels told the Tiki and Tierney show on Thursday. "And this is the reason why. His size, his strength, his agility, his understanding of angles, and his basketball IQ are second to none on the perimeter in today's NBA. What he's doing right now, you don't see from NBA starting point guards.

"Everyone can look at the numbers and what he's not doing, offensively. What's being buried is what he's doing, defensively. You can't find another starting point guard in this league who will pick up, full-court, someone like CP3 for 48 minutes."

In 37 minutes of action in Game 4, Paul -- who happened to be brilliant in his Finals debut last Tuesday -- was limited to just 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting in the Suns' 109-103 loss to Milwaukee. The 36-year-old also committed five of Phoenix's 17 total turnovers.

According to NBA Stats, Holiday has been the primary defender on Paul for a total of 78 possessions during the Finals, and has forced Paul into committing seven turnovers. On top of that, Paul has turned the ball over 15 times in the last three Finals games, and his total over the first three rounds of this year's playoffs was 22.

Game 5 (series tied 2-2) will take place Saturday night in Phoenix, with tipoff scheduled for 9 p.m. ET. According to FiveThirtyEight projections, the Suns still have a 60-percent chance of winning their first title in franchise history.

The entire NBA conversation between Daniels and Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.

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