Chris Paul is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Following a missed shot by Clint Capela — as well as some questionable decision-making by Ryan Anderson to pursue the offensive rebound — Paul finds himself as Houston’s only hope of stopping Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson in transition. Iguodala receives the ball from Stephen Curry on an outlet pass around the half court line and immediately changes course to put himself in direct line to the basket. Thompson, meanwhile, floats towards the corner on the right side of the court to force Paul to make an impossible split-second decision.
If Paul drops to the paint, he’ll prevent Iguodala from getting an uncontested dunk. If he runs out to the perimeter, he’ll prevent one of the best shooters in the NBA from getting an uncontested 3-pointer. Paul chooses to do the former, taking away a guaranteed 2-pointer in the hope that Thompson, who has made 54.0 percent of his wide open 3-point attempts this season, will miss.