Welcome to the weekly news roundup of your Phoenix Suns.
Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets W (123-98) Game 2 Recap
Phoenix Suns @ Denver Nuggets W (116-102) Game 3 Recap
Phoenix Suns @ Denver Nuggets W (125-118) Game 4 Recap
After years of futility and frustration, the Suns are finally back... with a vengeance. There are still doubters and those that will try to slight their run to and through the playoffs but ignore that. The Suns are a damn good team and deserve to be where they are today.
The series sweep of the Nuggets was fun but also very beneficial for the Suns. They are the first team in either conference to secure a conference finals berth. Let that sink in for a moment. The team that virtually everyone called an underdog in their 1st round series - despite being the number 2 seed - and was not even predicted to make it to the 2nd round was the first team to secure a conference finals berth.
Be happy and be proud but...
Okay, it’s probably fine for the fans to get a little cocky but the Suns can’t afford to because they still have a lot of basketball left to play. Finishing the Nuggets off early means that the Suns will have lots of time to rest and prepare for their next opponent which is great because it isn’t going to get easier. The spotlight gets brighter, the stage gets bigger and maintaining focus and concentration just gets harder as does the competition.
At the moment, who their next opponent will be is still up in the air as the Utah Jazz have a 2-1 lead in their series with the LA Clippers. That series won’t be over until Wednesday at the earliest and could stretch out through Sunday, June 20 if it goes the full 7. Personally, I’d be more than happy to see that one go the full 7 games... although I’m still not certain which team I’d prefer the Suns to face in the WCF.
Whoever it is, it’s likely to be a great WC Finals series.
In the meantime, I think I’m going to have a hard time dealing with a week of no Suns basketball though.
#3 NUGGETS at #2 SUNS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | June 7, 2021
Mikal Bridges 23 Points/5 Assists Full Highlights (6/7/2021)
Chris Paul 21 Pts 11 Ast Full Game 1 Highlights vs Nuggets
Devin Booker 21 pts 4 rebs 8 asts vs Nuggets 2021 PO G1
Deandre Ayton vs DEN 20 PTS & D 6.07.21
#3 NUGGETS at #2 SUNS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | June 9, 2021
CP3 Dishes 15 DIMES & ZERO Turnovers in Resounding Game 2 Win!
Deandre Ayton Game 2 Highlights vs Denver
#2 SUNS at #3 NUGGETS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | June 11, 2021
Devin Booker Drops 28 Points to Help Suns Take 3-0 Series Lead vs Nuggets
Chris Paul 27 PTS 6 REB 8 AST: All Possessions (2021-06-11)
#2 SUNS at #3 NUGGETS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | June 13, 2021
Chris Paul & Devin Booker Score 71 Points Combined to Sweep the Nuggets in Game 4
Only TWO closeout games, folks. Yes, 81 points in two chances to step on the throat of an opponent to close out the series. Both of them ON THE ROAD.
Devin Booker in closeout games this playoffs:— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 14, 2021
Absolute monster. pic.twitter.com/xcZncTMg7I
Lest we forget the Suns have TWO closeout killers...
Oldest player with 35+ points on 70% shooting in a playoff game since 1965:— StatMuse (@statmuse) June 14, 2021
36y, 38d — Chris Paul
36y, 10d — Kareem Adbul-Jabbar
35y, 284d — LeBron James
Point God > Father Time. pic.twitter.com/WlkbePHo01
Random stats: In Game 4, Devin Booker and Chris Paul became the first Suns teammates to each score 30+ in a playoff game since Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire in 2005. The 4-0 sweep of the Nuggets was the first playoff sweep in Chris Paul’s career (he had never even enjoyed a 3-0 lead!). The Suns have won 7 straight playoff games by an average of 16.3 points per game — that’s the most consecutive playoff wins in the Suns 54-year (30 playoff run) franchise history.
Statistics courtesy of NBA.com and/or Basketball-Reference.com.
Quotes of the Week
“Other teams just try to be physical with me, try to get me riled up. I don’t know if they know it, but I like that style of play. I like to trash talk. I like all of that because it definitely gets me going.” - Jae Crowder
“You definitely don’t want to be the guy that’s out there not defending. You’ll stick out like a sore thumb.” - Devin Booker
“A lot of people have been saying I haven’t played any meaningful basketball and that I’m not ready for that. This is my time to prove it.” - Devin Booker
Rookie Playoff Report
Jalen Smith - 4.2 mpg, 1.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.0 spg, 0.0 bpg, 0.0 TO, 0.7 PF, 100.0 3PT% (1-1)
Ty-Shon Alexander - DNP-CD
Injury Status Report
Abdel Nader - Knee/Expected to be out until at least Jun 22.
News & Notes
Phoenix Suns: Chris Paul could be closing in on that elusive NBA championship. Sir Charles in Charge
The Suns Are Real and They’re Spectacular. The Ringer
Chris Paul is always on (his) time. Basketball News
In Jae Crowder, the Suns Have an Enforcer With Some Flair. The New York Times
Deandre Ayton Has Arrived. FiveThirtyEight
3 biggest reasons a Phoenix Suns title is the NBA’s best case scenario. Clutch Points
Let’s Take A Minute And Appreciate The Masterclass Rebuild Of The Phoenix Suns. Barstool Sports
Previewing the week ahead
REST... lots and lots of REST
No games this week... possibly. The NBA had previously stated that the Conference Finals would begin on Tuesday, June 22 but according to Gerald Bourguet:
If UTA/LAC ends in 6 or fewer games, here's what the Western Conference Finals schedule would be:— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) June 14, 2021
Game 1: June 20
Game 2: June 22
Game 3: June 24
Game 4: June 26
Game 5: June 28
Game 6: June 30
Game 7: July 2
And if the Jazz/Clippers series goes the full 7 games the schedule would be:
- Game 1: June 22
- Game 2: June 24
- Game 3: June 26
- Game 4: June 28
- Game 5: June 30
- Game 6: July 2
- Game 7: July 4
Game times are TBD..
My prediction for this week is LOTS of partying and good times in Phoenix.
What’s your prediction?
Important Future Dates
June 21-27 - NBA Draft Combine.
June 22 - NBA Draft Lottery. Conference Finals begin.
July 8-22 - NBA Finals.
July 29 - NBA Draft.
August 2 - 2021-22 season Free Agency period begins (6 pm ET).
August 6 - Moratorium ends (12:01 p.m. ET). Free agents can officially be signed.
August 8-17 - NBA Summer League 2021 (Las Vegas).
September 28 - Training camps for 2021-22 season open.
October 19 - First day of the 2021-22 regular season.
Who do you WANT the Suns to face in the WCF?
This poll is closed
COTS2 : Inside the Suns with the Fantable, Suns news, trivia, weekly history, etc. will be published later this week.