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Watch: Chris Paul mocks Thunder's Andre Roberson after horrible air-ball

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Chris Paul made his eagerly anticipated debut for the Houston Rockets in their pre-season encounter with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

The point guard helped his new team to a 104-97 win by posting 11 points and seven assists in just 24 minutes of action against a Thunder team who also handed debuts to Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

In his short time on the court, CP3 made quite an impression on both ends of the floor and had good chemistry on the court with fellow superstar James Harden.

Of Paul's contributions on the night, there was one particular play that has been doing the rounds on social media today involving OKC guard Andre Roberson.

The 32-year-old is known as one of the elite defensive guards in the league and when he saw Roberson receive a wide-open look from beyond the arc in the second quarter, he decided that the best form of defence was not to play any.

CP saw George zip a cross-court pass out to his teammate and opted to let him shoot an uncontested three knowing that he isn't a great shooter from deep.

He was right to think that as Roberson horribly air-balled his attempt which led to Paul trolling him by screaming "Hell no!" which was easily picked up by the TV broadcaster's microphones.

To make matter worse, the Rockets star even appeared to wave Roberson off as if to indicate that it would be a complete waste of time to close out on him.

The veteran had clearly done his homework as his opponent is a career 26 percent shooter from deep and was the worst three-point shooter last season among players with at least 150 attempts from beyond the arc.

The 25-year-old isn't known for having any offensive skills and does his work mostly on the defensive end and was recognised for this by being named to the All-Defensive second team last year.

His and Oklahoma City's poor shooting numbers from the previous campaign were one of the main reasons why general manager Sam Presti felt the need to bring in more experienced scorers like George and Carmelo.

But with the All-Star duo and MVP Russell Westbrook on the same team, players like Roberson will inevitably receive open shots but on the evidence of this clip, it seems like his numbers may not improve this year either.

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