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Chris Paul was having none of Jose Alvarado and his sneaky steal

Phoenix Suns v New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 04: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns is defended by Jose Alvarado #15 of the New Orleans Pelicans during the thrid quarter of a NBA game at Smoothie King Center on January 04, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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Jose Alvarado may be an undrafted rookie who started on a two-way contract, but he has a signature move — the come-from-behind steal. He’s done it a lot this season, lurking on the baseline then sprinting up behind an unsuspecting ball handler and getting the steal (he averaged 1.3 steals a game this season, although that included more traditional steals as well).

Alvarado tried that on Chris Paul in Game 2 on Tuesday, but CP3 is too smart and was having none of it.

I love that Alvardo had the stones to try this on the Point God in a playoff game.

With Devin Booker out injured and Brandon Ingram being clutch, the Pelicans took Game 2 and evened the series 1-1, heading back to New Orleans.