Payne played exactly the way you hope a backup who wants to prove himself will play.Big props to Cam Payne for a huge performance that kept the Suns in the game when the other shooters, except Cam Johnson, where cold. He looked like a ballet dancer on those drives to the basket with those underhanded shots. Amazing. I don't know how the Suns can afford to keep him around long term, so let's enjoy his time here and hope he can keep it up through the Finals.
HOWEVER, the difference between him and say Booker or CP3 is in that last shot. The would-be game winning layup and he missed it. He had the lane. That will have to be the shot he eventually makes (think Robert Freakin Horry or Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson). But no doubt, without his offense we would have lost. Crowder, Bridges, and Booker all off last night, carried by Payne and Ayton and Cam Johnson.