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Dwight Howard recruits Chris Paul to play in Taiwan after Phoenix’s Game 6 loss

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - FEBRUARY 19: Center Dwight Howard #12 of the Taoyuan Leopards reacts at the court during the T1 League game between TaiwanBeer HeroBears and Taoyuan Leopards at University of Taipei Tianmu Gymnasium on February 19, 2023 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Gene Wang/Getty Images) DENVER, CO - MAY 1: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets during Round 2 Game 2 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on May 1, 2023 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

Following the Suns’ Game 6 loss to the Nuggets, Dwight Howard publicly called for Chris Paul to join him in playing in Taiwan. The big man took to multiple social media platforms to poke fun at Paul, while also responding to a fake quote by the point guard.

Howard first Tweeted, “Taiwan calling,” followed by eye emojis. However, it wasn’t until his second viral post that he jettisoned his ambiguity.

The 37-year-old then made an Instagram Reel directly calling out Paul. Speaking over a backdrop of a quote from Paul via a fake news account, Howard mouthed the words to a popular social media ‘sound.’ Consequently, he’s facetiously embodying the veteran guard, implying that he’d play overseas in Taiwan if he just lost in the manner that Paul did.

“Bro, I would do it,” Howard mouthed on his Instagram. “I don’t know why he over here, bro over here getting nervous.”

Here is the fake quote from Paul that Howard replied to in his video:

“If I don’t win the ring with KD, I’m going to Taiwan with Dwight Howard.”

The three-time Defensive Player of the Year did, though, say that his post is satirical. In his comment section, Howard said, “Just joking/ recruiting,” followed by a laughing and person-shrugging emoji.

Phoenix collapses in Game 6

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MAY 11: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets in game six of the Western Conference Semifinal Playoffs at Footprint Center on May 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Howard’s flippant remarks are the least of both Paul and the Suns’ organization’s problems, however. Instead, they should be concerned about losing an elimination game by 25 points — on their home-court, no less.

Albeit without Deandre Ayton and Paul — two of their top four players — the lethargic and lackadaisical effort put forth by the Suns was inexcusable. Furthermore, their stars didn’t play well, either. Kevin Durant and Devin Booker combined for 35 points on 37.5 shooting.

This is now the second consecutive season that Phoenix has been blown out in an elimination game on their home floor during the second round of the postseason.