But how about its players? Other than starting forward Jae Crowder, no Suns player had advanced to the championship round in their career. That includes starting point guard Chris Paul, who overcame a laundry list of postseason injuries throughout his career to make it to the biggest stage.
“Man, I was just happy and proud of our team,” Paul said. “(Suns coach) [Monty Williams] not winning (NBA) Coach of the Year, but we know who he is. Hell man, I experienced COVID(-19) just a week ago. I was here (in Los Angeles) at home, couldn’t be there with my teammates and that’s what you call, ‘Next man up.’ They won two games in this series without me, and it just shows you how crazy it is.”
After the game, several Suns players took to social media to celebrate their accomplishments. Here’s the reaction we were able to gather.
BeLegendary— Book (@DevinBook) July 1, 2021
Phoenix the fellas are on the way— Book (@DevinBook) July 1, 2021
DLo my favorite player— Book (@DevinBook) July 1, 2021
— Cameron Payne (@campayne) July 1, 2021
Appreciate that Coach!!! Boiler up!!! https://t.co/oO3464s1tg— ETwaun Moore (@ETwaun55) July 1, 2021
@ETwaun55 congratulations bro!! You bout to get a ring my boy!! Lbs— GQJB (@GQJoeBrand) July 1, 2021
Rumor has it the can still hasn’t landed pic.twitter.com/7VIvObcyaq— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) July 1, 2021
FINALS BOUND— Langston Galloway (@LangGalloway10) July 1, 2021
JUST A KID FROM BATON ROUGE— Langston Galloway (@LangGalloway10) July 1, 2021