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SBN Reacts: Suns heavily favored, but fans still think there are better teams

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Fans overwhelmingly believe that injuries impacted who made the Finals

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2021 NBA Finals - Game Two Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Phoenix Suns fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

Before Game 1 of the NBA Finals tipped off, fans around the country were asked to predict who they thought would win the championship. According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, nearly three-fourths of fans believe the Suns will win it all.

If the Suns do win, it will be in no small part due to Chris Paul. According to 58 percent of fans, the Suns point guard is going to win NBA Finals MVP.

Behind Paul is his Suns teammate Devin Booker, with 17 percent of the vote. The Bucks player most likely to get the award, according to fans, is Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Fans expect the two teams to put on a good show. Nearly two-thirds of fans think the series will last six games, with another 18 percent that believe it will go the distance.

*this poll was taken before Game 2 of the Finals

While a six or seven game series would be undoubtedly entertaining, fans aren’t sure these are necessarily the best two teams in the NBA. 76 percent of fans think injuries have changed the outcome of how the playoffs would have worked out.

Frankly, though, we won’t ever know the true answer to this question. The Suns have the best record this year against the best teams in the league, so it’s just as likely the Suns are in the Finals against every single team’s best lineup.

But that’s not what happened, and no championship team in history is free of angsty fans full of what-ifs. Finally, this year Phoenix Suns are not among those complaining.


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