Suns in 4? It could very well happen. The Suns made extremely quick work of the Milwaukee Bucks in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA finals and now head to Wisconsin with a commanding lead. While I’m not personally a Suns fan (instead I feel like a cursed, sad Celtics fan) I did live in Phoenix for nearly half a decade, and I can tell you that even the Arizona Sports fans are shocked and in disbelief that this is happening to them.
I keep waiting for something truly horrific to happen to the Suns and it just hasn’t happened yet. Devin Booker seems to be made for the moment and Chris Paul is the guy pulling all the strings. Deandre Ayton has never played as well as he currently is and they are getting massive contributions from guys like Cam Payne and Cameron Johnson.
On top of all that, Monty Williams seems like the guy who can truly get it done. More footage is released of Monty after every single game and it seems clear that he was the right hire. He knows how to coach, he knows how to talk to his guys, and it’s apparent that he is a NBA Finals caliber coach.
But the Bucks still have the game’s most skilled player and he has shown up in the first two games in a big way even with a bad league. Giannis went off for 42 points and 12 rebounds in Game 2. The issue is that he didn’t get any help at all from Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday who combined for just 12-37 shooting which is a death wish in the NBA when you are desperately trying to win an NBA Finals.
The good news for Milwaukee is that they are an excellent team at home. Their fans have shown up each and every time when they are back in the Midwest and that has helped them accomplish a 7-1 record when playing on their own court.
No team has ever come down from a 3-0 series deficit in the Finals and I have a hard time seeing Phoenix jump out to that kind of lead. I think they are capable of taking this NBA Finals in 5 games, but I just don’t see the Bucks going down in four straight and I don’t see them losing this first game back under their own roof.
Game 3 Players to Watch
Milwaukee Bucks – Brooks Lopez: The Bucks were dominant in the paint in Game 2 and it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise given their ability to take advantage of the height competition. Right now, without Dario Saric, the Bucks will need to ask Lopez to stay on the floor when Ayton leaves. If they can do that, they can win that battle again.
Phoenix Suns – Devin Booker: This dude is the most talented scorer on this team and when he played poorly in the last series, the Suns lost big-time. After two stellar performances, I hope Booker doesn’t see a down night. He is capable of getting the job done but needs his best game of the NBA Finals yet.
I am actively rooting for the Suns in the NBA Finals, but I love the Bucks at home.
Phoenix 112 Milwaukee 1115
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com